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24 hour or late night places in Northern Virginia

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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  1. 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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    1. re: MikeR

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

      http://www.amphoragroup.com/

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

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        1. re: alkapal

          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.

      1. 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

          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.

          1. re: alkapal

            xo is open till 2 am.

            didn't they originally stay open till 4 am?

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

            1. 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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              1. re: Steve

                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?

                1. re: takadi

                  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.

                  1. re: Steve

                    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.

                    1. re: takadi

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

                      Julius Erving?

                2. re: Steve

                  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.

                  1. re: sweth

                    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.

                3. 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.

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                  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

                  Gamasot
                  6963 Hechinger Dr, Springfield, VA 22151

                  Eamonns
                  728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                  1. re: chaofun

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

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: wayne keyser

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

                      2. 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!!!!"

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

                          1. 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:

                            Amphora
                            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
                            Meze
                            Sabores
                            Sette Osteria

                            Hope that helps!
                            James

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                            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

                            Sabores
                            3435B Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

                            Bistro Francais
                            3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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                            1. re: jquinnjr

                              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 :)

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                              Yechon Restaurant
                              4121 Hummer Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

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

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                              1. re: anakalia

                                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.

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

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                                1. re: takadi

                                  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.

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

                                  http://www.rabbitsaladandgrill.com/site/

                                  1. 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!

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                                    Kabob Palace
                                    2333 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202