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24 hour or late night places in Northern Virginia

takadi Mar 14, 2011 01:10 AM

As a self-professed night-owl, I find the sheer lack of night-time...anything, let alone restaurants in northern virginia disturbing. It is especially distressing waking up in the middle of the night and not having anything to nosh on. The only thing I can do is dream about chewing something delicious, which is made even more torturous by watching the food, cooking or travel channel, especially when they start mentioning 4-5 star cuisine that can be offered as late as 2 in the morning (I believe this place was in New York but I forgot what it was called). It's funny how northern va is supposedly so rich and bustling, but I feel like I'm living in the culinary sticks

So far, all I could conjure up are the usual honey pig and yechon. I don't know if IHOP, Wendy's or Barnside diner really do justice to these nighttime pangs. But sometimes, you just want the convenience without the sacrifice of quality. I just think I'm gonna lose it if I have one more 7/11 Big Bite or taco bell burrito though

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    arodriguezs Oct 21, 2011 08:04 AM

    You must try Kabob Palace in Crystal City, its open 24 hours. There are two places next to each other, make sure to go to the one that says 24 hours. Yummm!

    Kabob Palace
    2333 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

    1. monkeyrotica Oct 21, 2011 06:09 AM

      Rabbit Salad & Grill in Clarendon just announced that it will remain open on the weekends until 3am.


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        takadi Aug 29, 2011 09:38 AM

        I challenge someone to find good late night cuisine on a SUNDAY.

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          Wolf666 Aug 29, 2011 10:06 PM

          Thanks for the lists, I will have to be checking out a few of them. Just spent the last 6 years in Japan so was used to places never closing, so I didn't bat an eye at taking a night shift/weekend job. But stuck here in northern Virginia there seems to be absolutely no night life, especially during the weekdays. Almost 2 months of having to settle with stopping at Wallmart off 7 and just cooking at 3 or 4 am is just plain boring.

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          anakalia Aug 16, 2011 03:43 PM

          Silver Diner on Wilson in Clarendon is open until 4 a.m. on weekends and to 2 am on weeknights.

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            BookGuy Aug 17, 2011 04:36 AM

            Jay's Saloon in Clarendon is open until midnight each night and until two am on Friday and Saturday. Its' food is saloon fare, quite cheap, and the joint is jumping with an extremely eclectic crowd.

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            jquinnjr Aug 15, 2011 01:32 PM

            I have a whole list of restaurants, including late-night. But I have to admit that "real" 24-hour or late-night places that I actually like is a very short list--especially if you limit it to NoVA. (Unsurprisingly, you do somewhat better in the district.)

            Here are a selected few:

            Honey Pig
            The Diner
            Bistro Francais (OK, it's Georgetown not NoVA, but it's really good.)
            Southside 815
            Chef Geoff's (Tyson's)
            EatBar (2AM, but Fridays and Saturdays only)

            And a few more in the District....
            Bistro Lepic
            Cafe Milano
            Eat Bar
            Sette Osteria

            Hope that helps!

            Southside 815
            815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

            Sette Osteria
            1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Cafe Milano
            3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Meze Restaurant
            2437 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

            3435B Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

            Bistro Francais
            3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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              hungryT Sep 4, 2011 09:25 AM

              I'm surprised no one has mentioned Yechon in Annandale. 24 hr korean place. They start to get busy from 3a - 5am, following the club closings.
              Most other options mentioned earlier are good too if u need greasy food.
              *edit* just noticed wayne mention it earlier :)

              Yechon Restaurant
              4121 Hummer Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

            2. alkapal Mar 16, 2011 05:06 AM

              has anyone mentioned mario's pizza in arlington? an institution <ahem>. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cli...

              1. MsDiPesto Mar 15, 2011 07:21 PM

                Yeah, I think this list has named every single place there is. I moved here in 1986 from New York, and remember yelling at my (then) spouse "Why the heck did you want to move here??! There's no @!$#^% diners!!!!"

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                  wayne keyser Mar 14, 2011 01:06 PM

                  I'll second Bob & Ediths.

                  Also, several of the Korean places in Annandale are 24-hours. Yeachon and Honey Pig come to mind. And if you want to feel less alone at that hour, I can report that once asked a waiter at Yechon during a crowded lunch "do people actually come here at 3am?" and he replied "actually it's busier then."

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                    viperlush Mar 14, 2011 03:59 PM

                    To add on to the Korean options Cho's Garden in Fairfax on 29 is open until 2am

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                    Steve Mar 14, 2011 08:12 AM

                    Although the kitchen closes, I *think* it is still possible to get charcuterie at Lyon Hall very, very late. Worth a call.

                    1. chaofun Mar 14, 2011 07:52 AM

                      Kabob Palace and Gamasot are open 24 hours.

                      Bon Chon chicken, Full Kee, Busboys and Poets, Spider Kelly's, Eamonn's, Meaza, and Northside Social of have some sort of late closing as well.

                      Bon Chon
                      6653 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

                      Full Kee Restaurant
                      509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                      Kabob Palace
                      2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

                      Meaza Restaurant
                      5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

                      6963 Hechinger Dr, Springfield, VA 22151

                      728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                        VirginiaPepper Mar 14, 2011 12:36 PM

                        Kabob Palace...definitely! Lamb, spinach, chick peas...oh my!

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                        Steve Mar 14, 2011 05:59 AM

                        The secret weapon at 7/11 is the spicy Jamaican beef pattie. Better than many homemde versions, and they will make them 'fresh' for you if you don't see them in the case (in which 'case', they are sometimes dried out and not worth a penny).

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                          takadi Mar 14, 2011 12:13 PM

                          They make this at 7/11?? I thought it was just legend...

                          Do you have to ask them personally or is there a specific location?

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                            Steve Mar 14, 2011 01:17 PM

                            You realize, of course, that they are frozen. Any 7-11 I've been to in the area will heat one up for you if you ask. The spicy are more satisfying than the mild.

                            Most jamaican restaurants that serve patties do the same thing: they get them from a commercial source (not much different than 7-11) or they have someone make them, but still they are then frozen and must be reheated. Often the homemade ones are drier than the 7-11 version.

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                              takadi Mar 14, 2011 03:59 PM

                              I think I know which ones you are talking about. I used to buy those ones all the time but they were banned from the house since I believe one of them had 50 percent daily value of cholesterol or saturated fat, I forgot which one.

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                                Steve Mar 14, 2011 04:30 PM

                                Heart-healthy midnight munchies is a limiting category...... like Great Jewish basketball players.

                                Julius Erving?

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                            sweth Mar 15, 2011 09:05 PM

                            I've never had a 7/11 Jamaican patty when I wasn't at least a little intoxicated, but I'll admit that late at night with a little EtOH in the system, they can hit the spot quite well.

                            In addition to the other suggestions already made, I often find myself at Marino's, which if it isn't 24 hours has never been closed when I've wandered in. Sampan Cafe in Springfield is also open late on some nights.

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                              Steve Mar 16, 2011 10:15 AM

                              The cheeseburger sub loaded (and I mean really loaded) at Mario's is hard to beat. A true bomb of a sandwich. Food bliss.

                              By loaded, I mean the sandwich.

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                            BRL Mar 14, 2011 05:52 AM

                            Bob and Edith's on Columbia Pike near the interchange with Washington Blvd in Arlington -- open 24 hours.

                            1. alkapal Mar 14, 2011 05:43 AM

                              metro 29 diner in arlington -- near glebe on lee hwy -- is open till 2 or 3. good sirloin kabobs & spinach pie.

                              XO taste in falls church is open late -- until 2 or 4?

                              i like IHOP for their harvest grain & nut pancakes with butter pecan syrup. i usually like their patty melt or the chicken fajita omelet. IHOP at 50 & annandale rd.

                              i see that dogfish head alehouse is open until 11 weeknights, and midnight on friday and saturday. http://www.dogfishalehouse.com/dfh-al... the place is ALWAYS busy when we drive by. ziv says their fried grouper sandwich is very good. i haven't tried it, but i'm going to.

                              shop at harris-teeter on harrison street in arlington 24-7.

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                              1. re: alkapal
                                MikeR Mar 14, 2011 12:27 PM

                                When I think of late night food, I usually think of comfort foods rather than Asian so I hadn't thought about XO Taste, but now that you set my brain off in that direction, Full Key at Bailey's Crossroads (across the parking lot from Best Buy) is open until 2 AM or so. And I think that Miu Kee in Falls Church (Annandale Rd & Arlington Blvd) is also open after midnight, at least on weekends, but just in case they aren't, there's an IHOP in the same shopping center.

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                                  alkapal Oct 21, 2011 05:33 AM

                                  xo is open till 2 am.

                                  didn't they originally stay open till 4 am?

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                                  hppyheather Mar 14, 2011 04:57 AM

                                  I believe that Ravi Kabob is open late night -- not gourmet by any means, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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                                    alkapal Mar 14, 2011 06:36 AM

                                    they close at 10, am i right?

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                                      hppyheather Mar 14, 2011 10:25 AM

                                      Ravi II does close at 10 pm, but Ravi I (across the street) is open until 1 am most weeknights and 2 am on the weekends. Not 24 hours -- but will get you through at midnight.

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                                    MikeR Mar 14, 2011 03:42 AM

                                    I guess there are more people staying home and watching Netflix movies, because most of the late nite real restaurants have gone by the wayside. You might try Amphora in Vienna, sort a New Jersey Greek-style diner (huge menu, some of everything, not necessarily Greek). It's not 4 star gourmet, but decent.

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                                      spencer.ashley.j Aug 9, 2011 08:59 AM

                                      They have multiple locations, there is one in Herndon too.


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