Late night fooood!
Well, I have a craving for Thai One On but they close in 35 minutes. I doubt new customers are welcome this close to closing. So I ask -- what's your favorite place that's open until midnight or later? Hopefully I get some quick replies, I'll go tonight!
I had Palace Kitchen tonight. I went with two girls, between the three of us we split the Free Range Chicken and five drinks. All 5 drinks were ordered off of their drink menu (something I rarely do) and all 5 were great. The chicken ($19) was moist, if not a little too oily. The reason I chose it over the burger ($13) was an attempt to eat a little healthier, but the end result was probably worse for me. Total bill, for our five drinks and one entree, was $72. A little steep for my student pockets, but not overpriced for what they offer.
I'd eat there again when in the area after hours, and recommend it. However, during normal hours, I believe there are better options in the area (Rock Bottom and Icon Grill are two favorites of mine).
Edit: I should add, although we split the chicken between three, I don't want there to be any misconceptions about the portion size. I'm not too familiar with cuts (whole, half, quarter) but I'd estimate about half a pound of chicken (bone-in), with a small sliced russet potato and about half a cup of spinach. I'd imagine it could satisfy a normal appetite, but if extremely famished, probably couldn't handle the job alone.
beth's cafe on aurora near green lake is open 24 hours but the food is barely edible and the crowd is - how may one say it politely? - highly diverse and frequently raucous. the hurricane cafe in belltown is a few notches up for food but i think the best food in town in the wee hours is the 5 point cafe (4th/cedar), a 24-hour joint much improved by the smoking ban and home to the best french fries on the planet - available by the pound - an acceptable meat loaf (and other such) all in a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar. if you are thinking about 13 coins, go to denny's instead.
Thanks for the responses! The night I posted this, I ended up just grabbing Dick's (two blocks from my apartment).
Palace Kitchen looks a little pricey for me personally (student here, I try my best to keep meals around $10) but I'll definitely give it a shot sometime. 5 Point Cafe sounds great, I think I'll try it tonight.
I've heard a lot of great things about Cafe Presse (Seattlest, Seattle Times, and The Stranger all love it), it's definitely on my list of things to try. I didn't know they served that late -- great to know.
Being from Ballard, my favorite late night food after seeing a show is The People's Pub (serves food till last call - i.e 1:30 AM or so). Pizza place on the corner near there is open even later on weekends (till 3 or 4AM I think).
Over on the Eastside, there doesn't seem to be much open that late that isn't the usual chain places, which means your choices for dinner become quite limted after 9pm or so. I know Burgermaster stays open until at least Midnight, but I'm not sure what else there is at that time.
I just got back from SF, where there are some really great late-night dining options. I was pretty jealous about that, so I started doing research, but it seems we are still mostly limited to diner-type options in Seattle. Aside from the greasy spoons, we only have a few mentions. I'll take it upon myself to list a couple that others haven't yet mentioned.
I like Tavolata. Their kitchen is open until 1am, I think. I was there until about 1:30 in the morning about a month ago and there were still people being seated. The food is delectably simple Italian, served family style.
I also like Wann's Izakaya enough. They serve dinner until 11pm or midnight most nights and then do a more limited happy hour menu from 11pm to 2am Thursday through Saturday. Izakayas are Japanese bars that serve "snacks" (small plates). They are all the rage these days, it seems. I heard Umi Sake House is another late-night establishment that does something similar.
I haven't been in awhile, but what about Cremant? They serve rustic French food and serve dinner until 11pm every night of the week.
Saint Germain is small, but they serve tartines (open-faced French sandwiches), salads, and a limited selection of items from the oven until midnight Tuesdays through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
I guess Bleu also serves late, but I haven't ever been.