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The Best 24-Hour Food Spots in Los Angeles

June 5, 2015 by Jacqueline Donabedian

A reassuring comfort of Los Angeles is that it’s very hard to walk away hungry regardless of the time or place. And the best part is that fast food, frozen pizza, and 7-Eleven burritos are not your only options

In fact L.A. has a laundry list of late-night and 24 hour restaurants for Angelenos who get their cravings at the oddest hours.

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That said, we’ve compiled a rundown below of the best of the best so that next time you get the munchies after 3:00am, you’ll know exactly where to go.

List starts after the jump (in no particular order)

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Diners for Days

From their “Nutella-tastic Waffle” slathered in fresh strawberries and bananas to their mouth-watering “Brie Burger”, Kitchen 24 puts a modern twist on the old-school diner. With locations in Hollywood & West Hollywood, this foodie-approved diner is sure to satisfy your tastebuds after a night out on the town. If you’re on the east side, Fred 62 in Los Feliz throws it back to everything you know and love about your favorite retro diner. Known for “Fred’s TV Dinners”, the comforting “Mac n’ Cheese Balls”, and the delicious “Juicy Lucy Burger”, Fred 62 also serves “Billion Dollar Pancakes” for only $8. Wash it all down with an “Oreo Malt Shake” regardless of what time it is – you won’t regret it.

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Mexican Fiesta

Keep the fiesta going at one of King Taco‘s tasty establishments. Check out their nine different kinds of tacos, irresistble nachos, or massive burritos. While not all of King Taco’s locations are open 24/7, their two restaurants on 3rd Street and Hoover Street keep their doors open for hungry customers on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Carnitas Michoacan in the Lincoln Heights area of Downtown L.A. is another great late-night spot for tacos, papas nachos, and even hamburgers. They also have awesome combo meals to offer. With five tacos and a medium drink for $6.75, you’ll salsa dance into the moonlight with a few extra bucks in your pocket.

Finally, Cinco De Mayo in Culver City may not be Tito’s Tacos (which is just next door), but it’s a great late night mexican option if you’re on the Westside.

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Jewish Delis

Corned beef sandwich meets matzo ball soup meets challah french toast makes a goy go oy. Boasting as L.A.’s best since 1931, Canter’s Deli on Fairfax is one of the most poppin’ delis in town. Grab a bite of knish and then head over to the Kibitz Room, a connecting bar that features live bands and comedy shows too. Heading west? Celebrating 40 years as the “Deli to the Stars”, Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica is another friendly establishment with amazing potato pancakes, blintzes, and reuben pastrami sandwiches. Their added bonus is that they deliver too!

Canter's Deli Corned Beef

Corned Beef at Canter’s Deli. Credit: Canter’s Deli on Facebook

When You Need a Hamburger

Sure, there are plenty of fast-foodie options available from your standard national franchise chains, but when you’re talking about local 24 hour hamburger spots in Los Angeles, the conversation should focus on Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers. With 13 locations spread over L.A. County., a cheeseburger, chili fries, and a milkshake is sometimes the perfect nightcap wherever you are.

Original Tommy's Burger

Original Tommy’s Hamburgers. Credit: Mr. Littlehand via flickr cc

Sweet Treats

Sweeten up the day at any hour! Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery is a cozy bakery if you’re in the mood for pie. From fresh strawberry to banana cream to southern pecan, this bakery has it all. With 24/7 locations at the Farmer’s Market on 3rd Street, Studio City, Pasadena, and Encino, it can be pie day every day.

For a dine-out option, California Donuts in Koreatown have some of the most creatively decorated donuts since sliced dough. With speciality donuts ranging from Maple Bacon to Reese’s Peanut Butter to Lucky Charms, you’ll become a regular without hesitation.

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If you’re more of a “cronut” guy or gal, SK Donuts & Croissant is a little piece of buttery heaven. Whether it’s a red velvet cream cheese, nutella or cookies and cream “skronut” that tickles your fancy, this toothsome treat melts in your mouth instantly.

And last but not least, the most convenient sweet treat is tucked away in the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATMs – 24 hour cupcake vending machines located in Beverly Hills & Glendale. Consider it a miracle that red velvet, cuban coffee, and chocolate marshmallow cupcakes can be hand-delivered to you with the push of a button!

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Breakfast Anytime

The most reliable breakfast meal in Los Angeles goes out to Original Pantry Cafe on Figueroa. Established in 1924, you should definitely come hungry: they serve hefty helpings of the fluffiest pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and hashbrowns. Pipers in Koreatown is another fantastic spot for breakfast burritos, omelets, crispy bacon, and even Bloody Mary’s. With its neighbor being a bar next door, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a casual diner atmosphere.

Korean Comfort

Never fear: not all barbeque grills are closed for business. For copious amounts of sizzling bulgogi, bibimbop, and kimchi soup, BCD Tofu House in Koreatown is the place to hit for a quick fix at a decent price. Myung Dong Kyoja in Koreatown is another great option to excite your tastebuds. With a heavy emphasis on soups, noodles, and dumplings, a meal at Myung Dong Kyoja is the perfect way to end a cold evening.

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Cafes & Coffee Shops

Sometimes you just need a low-key, calm place to chill after hours. With locations in Sherman Oaks and Studio City, Crave Cafe is the perfect spot for both sweet and savory crepes, a variety of different kinds of paninis, coffee, and even boba tea drinks. Open 24/7 Monday through Saturday, Crave also offers salad options for those who are looking for something on the healthier side.

L.A. Cafe on Spring St. is another casual counter-serve cafe that offers all day and all night delivery in the Downtown L.A. area. With lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto bacon bagels, freshly brewed coffee, and fresh smoothies on the menu, it’s hard to say no to that.

Fancy Feasts

Whether you’re impressing a date, just got paid, or generally just feel like a baller, it’s possible to keep the red carpet rolled out for meals at any hour. 25 Degrees, an intimate, classy joint located in the legendary Standard Hotel Hollywood, is known for its three b’s: breakfast, burgers, and booze. Their “Spiked Milkshakes” and “Craft your Own Burgers” are a must try. On the higher end, the very hip 24/7 Restaurant at the Standard Hotel Downtown offers both indoor and outdoor seating with great views of the city. With items like “Steak Frites”, calamari, and “Tree Hugger Hash” on the menu, you can enjoy the good life at any hour. For the fanciest fare and a true five star experience, Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica and Downtown L.A. serves filet mignon, crab cakes, duck confit, and lamb burgers. Bon appetit!

Did we miss anything? Let us know about your favorite 24 Los Angeles food spots in the comments below!

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