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The Essential Guide to Late Night Eats in LA, Summer '14

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2008_10_hasmapslatenight.jpgLos Angeles seems to take on a completely different character at night. It's the dreamlike state from Nicolas Winding Refn's film Drive or the hazy feel that inspired M83's tune, Midnight City. While this isn't quite the city that never sleeps, there are nearly endless options for nighttime revelry, and many great places for dining late into the evening. Generally, the best options are ethnic joints, retro coffee shop diners, hipster dives, and even fancy sit-down restaurants touting grilled steaks served after hours. Below, Eater presents an updated guide to LA's best late night dining.


Added, 2/13: Fred 62, 25 Degrees, 800 Degrees, The Pikey, The Gorbals, Sanamluang, Stout, Izzy's Deli, Garage Pizza, Tatsu Ramen, Brite Spot, Tom Bergin's
8/13: Added, The Apple Pan, Tsujita Annex, Isaan Station, Seongbukdong, Dan Sung Sa, The Misfit Dropped: Bossa Nova, Johnnie's Pastrami, Garage Pizza, Tom Bergin's
1/14: Added: Pellicola Pizza, BCD Tofu House, Red Med at Formosa Cafe, Greenblatt's Deli
8/14: Added: Johnnie's Pastrami, Pot CaFe, Bulrucho, Carney's, Yangji Gamjatang, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, Brite Spot, Swingers Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jones Hollywood

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7205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-1726
This clubby Italian joint in WeHo with possibly the best apple pie slice around has some decent old-school classics such as spaghetti & meatballs, funghi pizza, and carbonara. One of the best late night vibes in town, with some handy mid-week drinks specials to boot. Open until 2 a.m. nightly.

2. The Original Pantry Cafe

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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A must-experience, all-night eatery in Downtown doesn't have a better composition than The Original Pantry Cafe, a tried-and-true greasy spoon institution that grills solid steaks and makes the ideal pancakes, any time of day or night. Don't skip the fried potato either, which make a near perfect hangover cure. Cash only, open 24 hours.

3. The 101 Coffee Shop

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6145 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-1175
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The retro-cool vibe at this Hollywood favorite might have the best late night diner food in the city. The ingredients are thoughtfully chosen and the menu looks surprisingly small for a restaurant of this type. The breakfast items are great as is the burger.

4. Red Medicine

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8400 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(323) 651-5500
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Chef Jordan Kahn set out to create a high-end version of those Chinatown nights where he would nosh on noodles and Vietnamese dishes after a night shift. Red Medicine has one of the best late-night ambiances around, perhaps a bit like a modern day Nighthawks. A massive pork belly banh mi, chicken dumplings, brussels sprouts, and plenty of amazing cocktails work really well. And of course the patent coconut bavarois isn't worth missing. Open until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

5. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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10889 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(424) 239-5010
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The lines never seem to cease at this popular quick-service Neapolitan Pizza joint that makes fully custom pizzas to order. Using an almost-Chipotle style, diners rack up toppings then wait mere minutes before the wood-fired oven spits out pies. Even better than service goes until 2 a.m. each evening. Pro-tip: check their Instagram for the daily 50% off special for the ultra bargain.

6. Pacific Dining Car - Santa Monica

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2700 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-4000
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One of two all-night restaurants (the other is a stone's throw from Downtown), Pacific Dining Car is the elegant night owl's landing, where white tablecloths and a menu lifted from the 50's makes it presence known. The varied menu is pricey but features items like the Midnight Cowboy Steak and the Rack of Lamb. Because people get hungry at 3 a.m.

7. Ruen Pair Thai Restaurant

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5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
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This Thai Town favorite serves up tasty dishes at reasonable prices. The stewed pork leg, pad prik king (chicken preferred), turnip omelet, crispy pork belly with morning glory or broccoli, green papaya salad with raw crab, and stir-fried chicken dishes are all worth getting. The mainline Thai dishes are decent, but the specialties are the draw here.

8. 25°

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 785-7244
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This swanky burger joint inside the Roosevelt hotel has a bordello-type feel to it that feels great after drinking along Hollywood Blvd. The burgers might've lost a little bit of luster after these years, but they're still better than average, with juicy patties and soft brioche buns to go along with distinct toppings. The boozy milkshakes are a great draw as well.

9. Freddy Smalls

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11520 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3000
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With new chef Victoria Yang under the helm, the fare at Freddy Smalls is as solid as ever, with a great selection of cocktails and handy late night happy hour to make this Westside eatery an easy choice. Try the steak sandwich, brussels sprouts, chicken liver toast, and deviled eggs.

10. Myung Dong Kyoja

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3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 385-7789
The garlic stench permeates the entire block at this fluorescent bomb of a restaurant on Koreatown's stretch of Wilshre Blvd. Ideal after long hours at the local karaoke rooms or Korean bars, the knife-cut noodle soup and steamed dumplings are a terrific hangover cure (or preventive ailment). Beware the extremely garlic-filled kimchi.

11. Izakaya SaSaYa

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11613 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-4404
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This West LA standard serves terrific izakaya favorites such as agadashi tofu and udon noodles. The large, varied menu works great with the simple beer and more extensive sake menu. Serves til 1 a.m. on weekends, 11 p.m. on weeknights.

12. Alibi Room

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12236 W Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 390-9300
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Why wait in line at the Kogi trucks when you get sit down, have a great cocktail or beer, and enjoy the same fare without the long wait? Alibi Room might be the most unsung hero in late-night dining in LA, with specials like kimchi quesadilla, sliders, breakfast burrito, hot wings, and of course tacos available on paper plates. Just so it feels like a bit more like the truck.

13. Canter's Delicatessen

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419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2030
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The quintessential L.A. late night hang, the eighties are alive here, with vintage ceiling and leather booths galore. The pastrami is pretty solid while the breakfast items are always good choices. The menu's gotten a recent revamp, which is nice for nighttime foodies.

14. Honda Ya

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333 S Alameda St, Ste 314
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 625-1184
This Little Tokyo classic serves izakaya favorites such as takoyaki, yakitori, sushi rolls, grilled squid, and miso black cod at this third floor nook inside a mall. Serves until 1 a.m. on all nights except Sunday, when it closes at 12 a.m.

15. Mountain Cafe

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3064 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA
Ginseng chicken soup, abalone porridge, and numerous other Korean cuisine classics are available late into the night at Mountain Cafe. Like many Korean dishes, they're great hangover cures as well. Expect a wait though, even late into the evening. (24/7 hours)

16. Wurstküche

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625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
It's a simple concept that works surprisingly well – sausages and beer. Pick desired sausages, get them grilled up, top with caramelized onions, mustard, and peppers, place in bread roll. Wurstkuche does this formula with remarkable ease, and serves late most nights. A decent German and local craft beer selection is also available on tap. There are outlets in both Venice and Downtown's Arts District. Kitchen open until midnight, bar until 2 a.m.

17. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

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1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
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This revamped old diner in Echo Park has the full hipster complement of Stumptown coffee, all-day breakfast eats, and vegan options galore. The baked goods are especially good, like the chocolate malted cupcakes. Serves until 12 a.m. earlier in the week and until 3 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday.

18. Don Day Korean Restaurant

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300 S Hobart Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 380-9292
There are plenty of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecues in Koreatown, but only a few of them are open late. Don Day is one of the better choices for late night AYCE, with a swell selection of fresh cuts for under $20 per person. Think thinly sliced brisket, fat pieces of pork belly, and marinaded short rib.

19. Nak Won Restaurant

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1001 S Vermont Ave #103
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 388-8889
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The brightness in the room might be a turnoff, but after hour of drinking, karaoke, and other various nighttime revelry, there's nothing quite like tucking into a plate of fried kimchi rice or a bowl of spicy beef soup (yook hwe jang) into the wee hours of the night. Nak Won is a Koreatown classic that endures after many decades, serving 24/7.

20. Fred 62

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1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062
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This classic spot in Los Feliz is one of the old-time late-night hangouts in the city, with a kooky staff and dark-retro vibe that feels almost too hipster to be true. The food is probably a little bit stale at this point, more perfunctory than well-executed, but the Bearded Mr. Frenchy (cornflake-encrusted French toast) and Juicy Lucy Burger are solid hits.

21. The Pikey

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7617 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90046
(323) 850-5400
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This Hollywood gastropub serves a hefty menu up until 1:30 a.m. with favorites such as Welsh Rarebit, Crispy Pig Ear Salad, and Fish & Chips. There's a decent cocktail menu put together by barman Damian Windsor, such as the Geezer, featuring Old Overholt Rye, Mezcal, bitters, cinnamon, and flamed orange served on the rocks.

22. Stout Burgers & Beers

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1544 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-3801
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This dark Hollywood beer & burger joint is a casual spot to relax with friends and enjoy a late night meal after hitting the bars or clubs. The Stout Burger has blue cheese, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, and roasted tomatoes on a house-blend patty that's ground in house daily.

23. Izzy's Deli

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1433 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 394-1131
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A rare 24-hour deli in Los Angeles (along with Canter's), Izzy's Deli serves the Westside with all-night matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and more to the after hours crowd in Santa Monica.

24. Sanamluang Café

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5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006
This old-school Thai Town noodle joint serves late into the night, when the local bar goers and Hollywood trouble-makers need a hangover cure. The menu features spicy bowls of Thai Boat Noodles and other classics at a bargain price.

25. Tatsu Ramen

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2123 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 684-2889
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This technologically savvy ramen joint makes diners order via an iPad strapped to the wall, making for a streamlined order for this 21st century comfort food. The noodles and soup are probably just a cut above, with an umami-rich tonkotsu broth. Serves until 2 a.m. most weekdays and 3 a.m. on the weekends.

26. The Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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This popular burger restaurant has been around since the 1940's, with practically nothing changed since. The burgers and pies are made the old fashioned way, with quality ingredients and quick counter service. The ceiling fans, thick, dank air, and the dim lights make this greasy spoon feel like a time warp, in the best possible way. Serves Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday until 12 am., and Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m.

27. Tsujita LA Annex

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2050 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-0222
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This all-ramen restaurant from the popular izakaya just across the street serves a completely different bowl here, using thick noodles and a dense, porky broth that's chock full of garlic and pork back fat. Annex serves in a crowded, loud nook of a room until 12 a.m. (the last order is taken at 11:30 p.m.), seven days a week.

28. Isaan Station

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125 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 380-5126
This Northern Thai eatery does all the classics the right way, with even the right spice levels. Dishes like green papaya salad, grilled pork neck, and tom yum soup are good enough to make one skip the drive to Thai Town altogether. Serves until 12 a.m. nightly, closed Mondays.

29. Seongbukdong

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3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-8977
This tiny Koreatown restaurant always seems to have a wait, and it's well worth it. The homestyle dishes are authentic as can be, with quality found everywhere from the banchan to the slow-braised short rib that might be one of the best in town. The spicy mackerel is also amazing, with a dense, rich sauce that's perfect over steamed rice. Serves until 12 a.m. daily.

30. Dan Sung Sa

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3317 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-5825
This North Korean-style dive bar has the exact ambiance one would expect at a crummy place in Pyongyang - and that's a good thing. Expect the food to be much better pub fare, with skewers, wings, savory pancakes, and plenty of other drinking grub that goes great late into the night. Serves until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

31. The Misfit Resturant & Bar

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225 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This uber-popular eatery in the heart of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade does simple American cuisine that's comforting and familiar. The green chile burger is thing to order. Serves until 12 a.m. on weekdays, 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

32. Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop

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8017 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-0606
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Open every night of the year until 2 a.m., this late night deli has pretty darn good pastrami and even better corned beef. Grab a bottle of wine from the shop downstairs (just $6 corkage) and sip it with a grilled Reuben. It's handy to have parking in the back and comfy seats on the upstairs mezzanine.

33. Pellicola Pizzeria

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421 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 614-8000
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This late night pizzeria perfectly situated in Downtown will surely be a place to hit after frequenting the bars in the area. A smart move by 213 owner Cedd Moses, the pies here are classic, thin crust, and ready to consume on the fly. Try the Nonna pie or the Nutella pie if you're in the mood for something sweet.

34. BCD Tofu House

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3575 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 382-6677
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A bubbling bowl of hot, spicy Korean tofu stew is going to be one of the most satisfying late night eats in town, and BCD makes up a more the adequate bowl. The spread of banchan and the stone pot bowl of steamed rice is going to mop up any hangover that might be lingering. The dumpling stew or the mixed seafood versions are the best.

35. Swingers

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8020 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-5858
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This Mid-City and Santa Monica diner has all the ambiance that Quentin Tarentino would want for a movie. The hopped up servers, the standard-issue greasy spoon fare, and plenty of delicious sweets to go with that 1 a.m. cup of watery coffee. A great spot to end any late night out in Los Angeles. Open til 2 a.m. weekdays, 3 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday.

36. Brite Spot

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1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
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Dana Hollister did a great job revamping this classic Eastside greasy spoon with a slightly more refined menu and a top drawer sweets section (like pies!). The interior design specialist makes sure the place feels right at home in Hipsterville. Open til midnight most days, until 3 a.m. on weekends.

37. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

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5006 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 934-4405
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This classic fried chicken joint is an L.A. institution that thankfully serves late into the evenings. Try the fried chicken livers for something different, but the two piece with a side of waffles is the standard order. Open until midnight on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends.

38. Yangji Gamjatang

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3470 West 6th Street #6
Los Angeles, CA 90020
If you want to party like a Korean in Seoul, you have to end the night with gamjatang, a pork neck stew that's laden with potatoes. The ideal hangover cure, it's spicy, full of flavor and sure to go well with a last round of soju. Open until 3 a.m. on weekdays, and essentially 24/7 on the weekends.

39. Carney's

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8351 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 654-8300
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This classic Sunset Strip eatery lives in a repurposed rail car, the ideal viewing perch to observe the streets below. The chili cheese dog is superior to Pink's and the ambiance can't be beat. Plus there's rarely ever a line. Open til midnight daily, and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

40. Bulrocho

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955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Need some goat? Well, look no further than this new Koreatown classic, which specializes in spicy goat stew. The ingredients possess an herbal magic that's bound to cure or prevent any hangover. Open 24/7.

41. Pot caFe

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3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-3030
Roy Choi's casual cafe inside the Line Hotel has some perfect munchies for those walking by or in the area and in need of something to eat. In addition to plenty of sweets, try the french bread pizza and shaved iced until midnight on Sunday to Tuesday, and until 2 a.m. on Wednesday to Saturday.

42. Johnnie's Pastrami

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4017 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-6654
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This classic Culver City fast food joint has everything from burgers to excellent pastrami. Try the chili cheese fries for something truly gut-busting. Don't skip the fruit pies either. Open until 2:30 a.m. daily.

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1. Jones Hollywood

7205 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
This clubby Italian joint in WeHo with possibly the best apple pie slice around has some decent old-school classics such as spaghetti & meatballs, funghi pizza, and carbonara. One of the best late night vibes in town, with some handy mid-week drinks specials to boot. Open until 2 a.m. nightly.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

2. The Original Pantry Cafe

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
A must-experience, all-night eatery in Downtown doesn't have a better composition than The Original Pantry Cafe, a tried-and-true greasy spoon institution that grills solid steaks and makes the ideal pancakes, any time of day or night. Don't skip the fried potato either, which make a near perfect hangover cure. Cash only, open 24 hours.
877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

3. The 101 Coffee Shop

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028