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Eating in LA past 10pm

eberhard49 Jun 12, 2007 10:53 PM

Why is this so hard to do?

  1. k
    karamazov Nov 21, 2007 06:45 AM

    Since this topic has been revived and I had the same question about something closer to WLA - what are the best spots open until at least 11 pm or later in SM/WLA/Brentwood area? I can submit one I know:

    Sasaya Japanese Restaurant
    11613 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
    (310) 477-4404

    This is a pretty good Izakaya restaurant. It's right next to the Terried Sake House, which may also qualify - not sure when that closes.

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    1. re: karamazov
      notmartha Nov 21, 2007 08:04 AM

      Just went to Joe's Pizza at SM this past weekend and noticed that they are open past midnight on weekends.

    2. notmartha Nov 20, 2007 02:36 PM

      A lot of the Chinese restaurants are open until 3AM on weekends. I don't think Alhambra/Monterey Park is that far from downtown at that time of night w/o traffic.

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        iknowfood64 Aug 9, 2007 08:42 PM

        Ordonez in Monrtebello, they are open 24 hours, Oder the #8, chilaquiles, carnea asada, two eggs, and beans. Good Salsa, good food, good service.

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        1. re: iknowfood64
          snooze button Nov 19, 2007 01:48 PM

          They recently remodeled because it looks very different from the outside. Not sure if they've changed much inside but I'm assuming that the food remains pretty consistent.

        2. sbritchky Jun 17, 2007 12:19 PM

          Tonny's in Pasadena is open 24 hours and has delicious soups and carnitas, among other things. Be sure to ask for the red and green sauces -- the sauce that comes with the chips is not as good. (Search this board for more discussion of Tonny's.)

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          1. re: sbritchky
            lllamlll Jun 17, 2007 12:55 PM

            I love the Brite Spot in Echo Park, mostly for the old lady waitress who walks really fast.

            1. re: sbritchky
              sel Jun 17, 2007 10:38 PM

              Somebody posted recently that Tonny's was no longer open 24 hours a day.

            2. Lori SF Jun 16, 2007 04:12 PM

              there are many and one I remember I liked very much a decade ago was Fred 62

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                fergusmccool Jun 16, 2007 01:40 PM

                Did you know at Norm's that you get soup AND salad?

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                1. re: fergusmccool
                  kinipela Jun 16, 2007 03:54 PM

                  i do like norm's! they have pretty good late late nite belgian waffles with strawberries...

                  1. re: kinipela
                    lllamlll Jun 17, 2007 12:56 PM

                    I like Norms too, mostly because I can be left alone to do my work at night there.

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                  fergusmccool Jun 16, 2007 01:39 PM

                  I have to agree that Pacific D.C. is one of the best meals at any time of the day. Silver Lake is only about three miles from Downtown, and there is a newish French restaurant open until two a.m., right after Silver Lake Blvd. and then Westerly, on your left. I've had the savory crepes, which was pretty good and so was the lamb. They seem to specialize in martinis, but I found them under-chilled. The mojitos were fine, though.

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                    writergirl Jun 13, 2007 08:52 PM

                    There's always the Pantry which has a loyal following. I'm not part of that following. I really wanted to like this place, in fact I like everything about it except for the food. And I LOVE diner food, especially for breakfast. They're open 24 hours right near Staples Center.

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                    1. re: writergirl
                      Lori SF Jun 16, 2007 04:10 PM

                      oh I miss the Pantry.. I have not seen that word in a long time..sign the best hash browns ever.. I now live in SF.

                    2. l
                      LisaStitch Jun 13, 2007 02:29 PM

                      Tommy's Original Hamburger at Beverly & Rampart, open 24 hours
                      greatest chili cheese fries!
                      but you may regret it the next day...

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                      1. re: LisaStitch
                        Lori SF Jun 16, 2007 04:17 PM

                        Oh yes!!! Wow a blast from my past. I live in San Francisco now for 10 years and I am really enjoying this thread.. the OP has now been enlightened to all the great late night eats.. SF has nothing compare to LA's late spot. Tommy's hangovers were worth it.

                        1. re: Lori SF
                          coldwind Jun 17, 2007 01:55 AM

                          I remember late night steak soup at Pam Pam in SF -- is it gone now? The greatest after-hours food I've ever known.

                      2. ipsedixit Jun 13, 2007 12:17 PM

                        As far as late night eats in Downtown LA, here are some suggestions (in no particular order):

                        Pete's Cafe http://petescafe.com/

                        Pacific Dining Car http://pacificdiningcar.com/

                        J Lounge http://www.jloungela.com/

                        E3rd Steakhouse http://www.eastthird.com/

                        416 Cantina http://416cantina.com/

                        Redwood Bar & Grill http://www.theredwoodbar.com/

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                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Chowpatty Jun 13, 2007 06:11 PM

                          Yes, I second Redwood, soon they will have food service until 4 am.
                          Also not mentioned yet:
                          Suehiro in Little Tokyo until 2 or so
                          Nadpob in Silver Lake until 4 or so
                          Brite Spot in Echo Park - 24 hours
                          Full House Seafood in Chinatown -- after midnight

                          1. re: Chowpatty
                            ipsedixit Jun 13, 2007 08:43 PM

                            I heard that Full House has a different (or limited?) menu after midnight.

                        2. love2eat Jun 13, 2007 12:17 PM

                          For something a little more upscale - Lucques (after 9:30pm) and Table 8 have late-night bar menus. I think Lucques serves till 11pm at the bar and Table 8 even later. For table seating, BLD serves until 11.

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                          1. re: love2eat
                            David Kahn Jun 13, 2007 02:02 PM

                            The steak frites on the Lucques late night bar menu kicks ass!

                            1. re: David Kahn
                              hungrygirl106 Jun 13, 2007 02:19 PM

                              So true about the steak frites at Lucques!!! Other items on the bar menu are great, too -- if you're up for a serious calorie-fest, try the pasta carbonara....

                              BLD is also open after 10.


                              1. re: hungrygirl106
                                hungrygirl106 Jun 13, 2007 04:43 PM

                                I take back the BLD recommendation. Just had lunch there -- the food continues to wallow in mediocrity, the prices are unjustifiably high, and the service is an abomination. I'm so over it. Too bad it's so close by -- which is why I keep getting sucked back into the vortex of lame that is BLD. I'd rather go to a 24-hour IHOP (which I haven't been to since I was, like, 7) than waste more money at BLD. (Sorry -- I will calm down and, once I forget my rage, will probably end up eating at BLD again because of it's convenience to where we live. But right now I'm feeling deeply unsatisfied by my latest experience. Grrrrrr.)

                                1. re: hungrygirl106
                                  David Kahn Jun 13, 2007 04:56 PM

                                  Yeah, I really don't get the bad service, in particular. Went in once at 3 on a Sunday, the place was practically empty, and the service was still terrible. It's almost like it's deliberate or something.

                                  1. re: David Kahn
                                    hungrygirl106 Jun 13, 2007 05:06 PM

                                    I know! We had a late lunch today around that time and it was the same deal. If they were crowded or completely empty, I'd understand, but with a manageable number of tables, there is no excuse.

                                  2. re: hungrygirl106
                                    maudies5 Jun 13, 2007 08:51 PM

                                    For all of the reasons you stated, I also will not return to BLD. Would prefer a BLT at a coffee shop than a BLT at BLD. Give me servers in sensible shoes with no attitude and an honest meal at a fair price.

                                    1. re: maudies5
                                      SauceSupreme Jun 14, 2007 10:04 AM

                                      I just had a good BLT (with avocado) at Magnolia for lunch, but they're open late and have a nice couchy kind of vibe going on.

                            2. mollyomormon Jun 13, 2007 11:03 AM

                              Since we're expanding this to areas beyond downtown, both locations of Swingers are open late.

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                                glutton Jun 13, 2007 10:11 AM

                                OK, before someone else mentions this option, I will bring it up. La Cabana in Venice (Rose/Lincoln) is open until 3AM. Lots of people seem to like this place and from what I can tell, they fall into three camps: the people who love the late hours, the people who are sentimental because this place has been there for years, and the people who like the bar scene (i.e. the girls).

                                I, for one, fall into none of those camps. In fact, I cannot stand this place. When I see the food, all I can think is that they took some Mexican combo plates from Acapulco's twenty years ago, froze them, and now they're reheating them with a fresh layer of cheap cheese on top. And the margaritas taste more like margarita mix than margaritas. This place is one of the inner circles of Hell in my mind. But it's open late and you asked about places that are open late.

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                                1. re: glutton
                                  slacker Jun 13, 2007 10:31 AM

                                  lol! "one of the inner circles of hell" I'm still laughing! Thanks for making me laugh.

                                  1. re: glutton
                                    westsidegal Jun 13, 2007 11:10 AM

                                    i completely agree with you about the slop they serve.
                                    i thought i was the only one who felt this way.

                                    1. re: westsidegal
                                      Dommy Jun 13, 2007 11:22 AM

                                      No you are NOT... We used to go there because it down the street from the softball field and the beers are cold... that was IT... I never figured out how folks could like it so... :P

                                      1. re: Dommy
                                        love2eat Jun 13, 2007 12:14 PM

                                        While I can't vouch for anything else on the menu; their quesadillas aren't bad. They make their flour tortillas in front of you.

                                    2. re: glutton
                                      Scotty Jun 13, 2007 12:40 PM

                                      Do they have somebody making flour tortillas at 3:00 AM???

                                      I know my little boy will get a big kick out of seeing tortillas being made (and no, I'll get him there before 3!). The quesadillas have to be at least OK using those flour tortillas, right?

                                      1. re: Scotty
                                        glutton Jun 13, 2007 12:57 PM

                                        There are enough other places in LA that make their own tortillas that you needn't expose him to the horrors of La Cabana just to get the sideshow of tortilla makers.

                                        1. re: glutton
                                          Dommy Jun 13, 2007 01:48 PM

                                          LOL! This is the post of the DAY...


                                          1. re: glutton
                                            Das Ubergeek Jun 13, 2007 06:03 PM

                                            There's a whole tortilleria in Grand Central Market, which has much more chow credibility than the Mexican Food of the Damned.

                                      2. MeAndroo Jun 13, 2007 08:29 AM

                                        I know it isn't hard, because I eat in downtown after 10 all the time. Daikokuya, Pete's Cafe, Carnitas Michoacan, the aforementioned Weilands, along with places that I haven't been to, like Pacific Dining Car. You're not going to have as many options as other areas of LA, but it's primarily a business area.

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                                        1. re: MeAndroo
                                          Vikzen Jun 13, 2007 10:14 AM

                                          Any specific recommendations at Weiland's? I've always bypassed it and didn't realize it was open late either!

                                          1. re: Vikzen
                                            MeAndroo Jun 13, 2007 10:42 AM

                                            Well, their happy hour restarts at 10 and runs to close, so I'm usually eating their garlic fries, chicken wings, quesadillas or calamari. Everything's 2-5 bucks on the happy hour menu, plus $2.50 microbrew pints.

                                        2. DanaB Jun 12, 2007 11:38 PM

                                          Depends upon what you want. There is everything from full service meals, steaks, and breakfasts 24 hrs at the Pacific Dining Car (1310 W 6th St, 90017, Phone: (213) 483-6000) to excellent tacos at El Gran Burrito until at least 3 a.m. (Santa Monica/just W. of Vermont).

                                          Edited to add the answer to the original poster's question: in Los Angeles, bars shut down at 2 a.m., but mainly close at 1:30, and many close at midnight. Los Angeles does NOT have a late night dining culture like New York. That does not mean you can't get good eats in your 'hood late. You need to be more specific about what you want, and where, late night. Mostly, you will find what you are looking for.

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                                          1. re: DanaB
                                            Normal Garciaparra Jun 14, 2007 08:39 PM

                                            Los Angeles bars close down at 2am not because of a city regulation but because of STATE law. All bars in California (and yes that includes SF and SD) close down at 2. All you transplanted NYers like to think that it's all LA's fault.If you want the bars open later, then blame Sacramento.

                                            1. re: Normal Garciaparra
                                              Das Ubergeek Jun 14, 2007 09:40 PM

                                              You can always go dancing at an after-hours club. No alcohol (eheh...eheheheh...eheheheHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... sorry...) but the vibe continues, usually until 4 or even 6 AM. At which point it's time for T-bone and eggs at Pacific Dining Car.

                                          2. Emme Jun 12, 2007 11:13 PM

                                            Do a search for "late night" or "late + eats" or "open + late" and you'll turn up tons of recent threads.

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                                              sel Jun 12, 2007 11:03 PM

                                              Hollywood Thai Town AND North Hollywood Thai Area have many good to excellent to spectacular places that are open far later than I have EVER eaten a meal!

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                                              1. re: sel
                                                Burger Boy Jun 12, 2007 11:14 PM

                                                a few places in Chinatown, The New Won Kok, good, till 3 AM, i believe.

                                                1. re: Burger Boy
                                                  slacker Jun 13, 2007 10:33 AM

                                                  Also Phoenix in Chinatown, till 2am.

                                                  1. re: Burger Boy
                                                    jocey Jun 13, 2007 01:32 PM

                                                    I'd think twice about the Won Kok. They are not up to par with Health Standards.

                                                    1. re: Burger Boy
                                                      Ogawak Nov 20, 2007 02:55 PM

                                                      I second Won Kok, especially their house chow fun. GF likes their Hong Kong style chow mein. I don't stay up late anymore, but this place at midnight is like heaven.

                                                    2. re: sel
                                                      SauceSupreme Jun 12, 2007 11:14 PM

                                                      Same with Koreatown and Hollywood, both catering to hungry bar hoppers and other nocturnal types. Just near the Arclight Theater, there's Magnolia, Bowery, Fabiolus, Hungry Cat, the Arclight Cafe, Citizen Smith...

                                                      In the Fairfax area, you've got Dupars as well as Canter's open 24 hours a day.

                                                      1. re: SauceSupreme
                                                        kinipela Jun 13, 2007 04:21 PM

                                                        yeah our go to places are k town, china town, fat burger, in and out, norms, and if we're desperate and it's the closest (depending on who has been drinking and if the dd doesn't want to drive relatively "far"), dennys.... yeah it's not great, but when usually at that point in time when it comes down to that decision, my friends don't care where they eat... hahaha just NOT pinks....

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                                                      mojoeater Jun 12, 2007 10:58 PM

                                                      TONS of options. which part of LA do you find lacking?

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                                                      1. re: mojoeater
                                                        eberhard49 Jun 12, 2007 11:00 PM


                                                        1. re: eberhard49
                                                          mojoeater Jun 12, 2007 11:15 PM

                                                          OK. Perhaps downtown is tougher than other places. But late night driving is easier, and good dining is only a few minutes away. Other than Thai (TOI on Sunset is open til 4am every day), you've got Fred 62 diner food in Los Feliz open 24 hours, House of Pies until 2 or 3am, Weiland Brewery (Downtown) serves food until 1:30am. The list goes on and on. Try CitySearch and search by neighborhood and then Late Night. You'll find a lot of options.

                                                          1. re: mojoeater
                                                            SauceSupreme Jun 12, 2007 11:17 PM

                                                            And Bossa Nova down the street from Toi is also open until 4am.

                                                            1. re: mojoeater
                                                              eberhard49 Jun 12, 2007 11:19 PM

                                                              Fred 62 sucks

                                                              1. re: eberhard49
                                                                mojoeater Jun 12, 2007 11:32 PM

                                                                You didn't say you were looking for anything in particular, just a place to eat after 10pm. Be more specific and we can help you more.

                                                                1. re: eberhard49
                                                                  Burger Boy Jun 13, 2007 06:43 AM

                                                                  I sort of agree, but they do some things really well. They have a veggie bowl with rice that is really good, and i love the pop tart dessert.

                                                                  1. re: Burger Boy
                                                                    sel Jun 13, 2007 08:02 AM

                                                                    How are their (Fred 62's) burgers?

                                                              2. re: eberhard49
                                                                techbod Jun 13, 2007 09:09 AM

                                                                Pacific Dining Car - Open 24/7 downtown (also in SM, but you asked for Downtown).

                                                                After 10PM, they are serving dinner AND breakfast. Their breakfast is one of the best kept late night secrets in L.A.

                                                                You can eat like a king for about twenty bucks.

                                                                1. re: techbod
                                                                  David Kahn Jun 13, 2007 10:23 AM

                                                                  Yes indeed. (The serve breakfast 24 hrs/day, I think.) A couple of weeks back, the Missus was out of town, and after spending all day Sunday in the office, I stopped in on my way home (around 7 p.m.) for a baseball cut sirloin and some sauteed spinach. A couple of tables down, there was a young guy tucking into a full breakfast spread -- bacon and eggs, hashbrowns, toast, etc. Just seeing it made me happy. (Of course a belly full of sirloin didn't hurt either.)

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