Hunger doesn’t have a bedtime. Whether you’re on a date, out with friends or alone with your growling stomach, the United States is filled with late-night restaurants that offer at least partial menus well into the morning — and some even stay open to serve 24-hour food. From fast food and pizza to taco joints and subs, you’ve got plenty of options for late-night dinner — or even breakfast.
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Most locations are open until at least 11 p.m., with many staying open until midnight and beyond — even on weekdays. You can go for a full meal or just opt for an appetizer and a drink.
Arby’s has the meats, so if that’s what you’re craving after hours, you’ve come to the right place. Although some Arby’s locations close at 9 p.m or 10 p.m., many are open until midnight, 1 a.m. and even 2 a.m.
3. Bahama Breeze
Not only is Bahama Breeze open late, but the chain often runs late-night happy hours. Although some locations close as early as 9 p.m., many stay open until midnight or 1 a.m.
4. Buffalo Wild Wings
If you’re in the mood for a huge variety of late-night wings and sauces, Buffalo Wild Wings stays open until midnight in most cases. Some locations don’t shut down until 1 a.m. There’s also a huge selection of burgers and non-buffalo fare to satiate all your late-night cravings.
5. Carl’s Jr.
Many Carl’s Jr. locations are open 24 hours a day, whereas others close at 11 p.m., midnight or 1 a.m.
6. Del Taco
Most locations are open 24 hours a day, though others keep serving until midnight or later on Friday and Saturday. Del Taco serves breakfast from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. at all of its 24-hour locations.
With more than 1,700 locations, you’re rarely far from a Denny’s — and if you pass one, it’s open. All locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The diner chain offers a massive breakfast value menu that’s available any time of the day or night.
8. Donatos Pizza
Hours vary from franchise to franchise at Donatos Pizza locations. Most are open until midnight, although some are not.
9. Dunkin’ Donuts
Many Dunkin’ Donuts locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Download the mobile app to Join DD Perks, which not only lets you know if the donut-lovers chain near you is open late but also lets you place mobile orders on the way.
10. Hungry Howie’s
When it comes to closing times, Hungry Howie’s is all over the map. Some locations, like the one in Baton Rouge, La., is open until 4 a.m. Other outlets, like the one in Edgewater, Fla., close at 10 p.m. during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Many IHOP locations are open 24/7, but all stores have to stay open until at least midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. If you join the e-club, you’ll get a free full stack of the chain’s famous Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancakes once when you sign up and again on your birthday.
12. In-N-Out Burger
Devotees of In-N-Out’s famous burgers, fries and shakes have plenty of late-night options. Most locations are open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
13. Jack in the Box
The Jack in the Box late-night menu slogan is “when the moon comes up, it’s time to get down.” Late-night hours vary by location, but the iconic burger chain’s after-hours menu includes the Spicy Nacho Chicken Sandwich Munchie Meal.
14. Krispy Kreme
Although some Krispy Kreme locations close as early as 9 p.m., it’s not unusual to find one open until at least midnight — especially on the weekends. From classics to specialty items, the selection of doughnuts seems endless. In most locations, you can watch how they’re made while you eat.
According to its website, Krystal is the second-oldest fast-food restaurant in the U.S. The eatery specializes in square-shaped hamburgers but also has fare like pups and corn pups (aka hot dogs and corn dogs). Some Krystal locations are open 24 hours; others only serve until 10 p.m.
16. Marco’s Pizza
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza boasts an estimated 900 locations. Many are open until 11 p.m. at least one night of the weekend. Join the Email Club and Marco’s will give you a free CheezyBread.
In 2013, the most famous fast-food joint on earth began serving a select menu of breakfast and regular-menu items after midnight. Many locations are open until 3:30 a.m. or 4 a.m. and some stay open 24 hours.
18. Miami Subs Grill
This sandwich chain might be based in Florida but it has earned a reputation for fantastic Philly Cheesesteaks. Most locations are open until at least midnight. Some are open until 2 a.m. and beyond.
When it comes to 24-hour restaurants, NORMS is a staple in Southern California. All locations are open 24/7, and the All Day, All Night T-Bone Steak Dinner is just one reason to make a late-night stop.
20. Panda Express
Some standalone Panda Express locations are open until 2 a.m., but most close between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. If you do catch one open late, don’t forget to quench your thirst at the Panda Tea Bar.
21. Papa John’s Pizza
You can get pizza delivered pretty late from Papa John’s, which maintains more than 3,400 locations. Most stores offer delivery and pickup until 11 p.m. or midnight.
There are 368 Perkins restaurants in the U.S, and many are open 24 hours. Others close late, especially on the weekends. Join the e-club and get a coupon for 20 percent off your next order as well as birthday gifts for you and any kids in your family under 12.
23. Steak ’n Shake
This famous steakburger joint has many locations open 24/7. Steak ‘n Shake launched an Up All Night menu a few years ago to satisfy your midnight cravings.
In 2011, Subway passed McDonald’s in terms of the number of worldwide locations — nine years after Subway passed the Golden Arches in the number of U.S. stores. If you’re hungry late, chances are you can score a sub at Subway. Many are open until 11 p.m. or midnight, with some locations staying open 24 hours.
25. Taco Bell
Most Taco Bell locations stay open until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. The chain’s dollar menu — which extends “from breakfast to late night,” according to the chain’s website — is 20 items deep.
26. Taco Bueno
This regional restaurant chain has many locations that open at 6 a.m. and keep serving Tex-Mex cuisine until midnight or 1 a.m. Your late-night options include tacos, burritos, combo platters, salads and bowls.
27. Taco Cabana
The vast majority of Taco Cabana’s 160 locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The chain is best known for its patio dining areas and the fact that most menu items are made fresh daily, including the tortillas.
28. Taco John’s
Many of Taco John’s nearly 400 locations are open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Looking for an all-night fix? Just check the “drive-thru open 24 hours” box when you’re filtering by location.
29. Village Inn
Hours vary by location, but many Village Inn restaurants are open until midnight on weekdays. Some have even longer hours on weekends. Like Denny’s and IHOP, breakfast at Village Inn is served all day and night.
30. Waffle House
According to the Waffle House website, every location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. Opt into the Regulars Club for coupons and other offers.
Like most major restaurant chains, individual hours of operation at Wendy’s vary from franchise to franchise. But Wendy’s makes it easy to find out when you can feed your late-night hunger. Just check the “open late” box on the location filter to find the after-hours spot closest to you. If you are a fan of spicy food, Wendy’s menu has some of the best hot and spicy items.
Whataburger has more than 800 locations stretching from Arizona to Florida. Good news for night owls — the chain stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
33. White Castle
White Castle is credited with inventing the slider, and its tiny square burgers have endured for nearly a century. Some locations stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other White Castle eateries are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Specializing in — naturally — wings, most Wingstop restaurants are open until at least 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. Other locations are open until midnight every day.
35. Yum-Yum Donuts
If you’re looking for another doughnut-and-coffee option besides Dunkin’ Donuts, Yum-Yum Donuts offers plenty of bakery items as well as tons of breakfast and deli sandwiches. All locations are open 24/7 and have been since 1971.
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