9 February 2011 1 Comment
As discussed in the Tajima post, after midnight can be a ghost town when it comes to trying to find a place to eat in San Diego that doesn’t end in –berto’s or –in-the-box. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of interesting spots around town with kitchens open past midnight.
food until 1am
Alchemy, South Park. 1am. Great food and drink menu emphasizing local/seasonal fare. Late night happy hour nightly 10pm-close.
3rd Corner, Ocean Beach, Encinitas. 1am, tues-sun. Owned by Ed Moore, the original owner of the (much missed) Thee Bungalow Restaurant, this is a wine shop that also happens to have bistro food.
The Tractor Room, Hillcrest. 1am fri-sat, 12am sun. Lots of game meat and “creative” cocktails, as well as the (self-proclaimed) largest bourbon, rye, scotch, and whiskey selection in town.
food until 2am
West Coast Tavern, North Park. 2am. Set in a historic building (built in 1929) and attached to the lovely recently restored Birch North Park Theater. Great daily deals, including happy hours, Wednesday bourbon night, and drinks & a movie in the Birch theater.
Red Fox Room, North Park. 2am. Maybe not the best steaks in the world, but you must go here at least once for a late night steak dinner with garlic toast and fried shrimp – This place is small, red, dark; full of aging North Park octogenarians and young(ish) whippersnappers, with a tiny bar and an equally tiny piano lounge. Truly, it’s a unique and relatively little-known piece of Old Hollywood in San Diego that can’t be duplicated once its doors finally close for good.
food until 3am
food 24 hours (you animal!)
Brian’s American Eatery, Hillcrest. Open 24 hours fri/sat. Diner food that’s not that cheap and not always even that good, but hey, it’s 24 hours and the people-watching can’t be beat.
Studio Diner, Kearny Mesa. 24/7. Traditional diner sitting on the lot of a working movie and TV studio in Kearny Mesa (What? Yep, there is a studio lot smack in the middle of Kearny Mesa. Who knew?).
It’s a Taco Shop – Point Loma. 24/7. Yes, there are a million 24/7 taco joints in San Diego. Yes, this is a building that looks like a giant yellow and red cheese wheel. And yes, not everything here is stellar. But please do yourself a favor and order the carnitas tacos some late night – hot, greasy delicious mounds of pork, a bit of pico and a bit of guac, and lots of hot sauce. Thank you, sir, may I have another?
Feel free to add your favorite after-hours place in the comments.