Canter's Deli on Fairfax
Late night dining at Canter's is a Los Angeles institution. Legions of hopeful rock bands and in-the-wings actors have spent nights over hot coffee and large portions inside this Jewish deli, whose adjacent dive bar The Kibitz Room offers cheap drinks and a stage for blossoming talent. The legendary deli is one of L.A.'s most iconic, with hefty bowls of matzo ball soup, endless lox and bagels, and the sort of over clocked corned beef sandwich on rye that you've come to expect from places like this. Of course, there are also menu pages devoted entirely to salads and breakfasts, and a dessert corner that could be its own storefront; if you can't find something to eat at Canter's, you're not looking hard enough.
Stout in Hollywood
The full name of Stout—that's Sout Burgers & Beers —says it all. This Cahuenga corner spot is adjacent from another local burger institution named Umami, but ask most people in the neighborhood which beef and bun concoction they prefer, and you'll be pointed towards Stout. Burgers like the Goombah come with a smoked mozzarella and plenty of fried prosciutto, which pairs perfectly with a sharp Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing in Utah, or the Steelhead XPA from Madd River. (Really, any IPA from the high-quality rotating tap list will do.) Best of all, Stout's burgers, sweet potato fries, and kale salad (if that's your thing) are available nightly until 4 a.m.
Pacific Dining Car in Downtown
If greasy, fatty lowbrow food isn't what you're after once the bars close, make your way to the Pacific Dining Car on 6th Street, just west of the 110 freeway. The 24-hour restaurant is, as expected, modeled after the inside of an old railroad dining car, complete with rounded corners and faux suitcases on luggage racks overhead. Everything inside Pacific Dining Car is opulent in that late-1970's way, with white tablecloths, lots of wood, and enough crushed green velvet on the seats to make Prince jealous. From rack of lamb and filet mignon to eggs benedict and the 10-ounce 'baseball steak' immortalized in 'Training Day,' the PDC has it all— including the hefty price tag.
Sanamluang in Thai Town
For pure ease of late night convenience, you can't beat Thai Town, just east of Hollywood. The convergence of amazing noodle shops, Thai desserts, and spicy late night bowls of soup is almost too much to handle. If you're in the mood for something that will soak up your bar tab, get to Sanamluang and order from the noodle menu. We're talking pad see ew, pad thai, or the ubiquitous boat noodles. At this no-frills, cash only spot, you'll not only eat well, you'll fight off tomorrow's banging headache in the process. That is, unless you BYOB and keep the party going until they close at 3:30 a.m.
5176 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027 (map); 323-660-8006
El Atacor #11 in Cypress Park
Ah yes, the infamous fried potato tacos from El Atacor #11. At once crispy, greasy, cheesy and starchy, these half-rounds of fried tortilla and potato are the perfect solution to basically any problem. Especially when they're laid out with a thin Mexican crema and the sort of squirtable avocado sauce that passes for guacamole here. Add to all of that a dose of low-grade shredded cheese and you've got yourself a late night snack on the cheap. Inside the fried clamshell is a wash of straightforward soft potato, lacking in salt but otherwise no worse from its journey through the Fryolator. And since El Atacor #11 sits just under the freeway from the Lincoln Heights Gold Line metro light rail stop and stays open until 4 a.m., you can enjoy these tasty late night treats safely and responsibly.
2622 North Figueroa Street, Cypress Park, CA, 90065 (map); 323-441-8477
The Alibi Room in Culver City
On the west side of town, there's the Alibi Room for all of your late night needs. Since the place is primarily a bar, they don't serve anything past 2 a.m., but if you want to drink in one place and eat well all night, you can't do much better than the Alibi. That's because the bar serves as a westside outpost for all of chef Roy Choi's fusion concoctions, including those infamous Kogi BBQ Korean short rib tacos. There's also hot wings, sliders, and the always satisfying blackjack quesadilla. Or, if you're missing your Chego rice bowl fix, satisfy your craving with some proprietary bowls made only at Alibi by Choi's team in the back kitchen. And magically enough, all of this can be yours while you sit at the bar, sipping away at an Old Fashioned or Kentucky Mule bourbon cocktail.