The old saying “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” can certainly apply as much to late-night drunken munchies, as it can to late-night drunken hookups. Houston is a city that runs on comfort food and drunk eats, and what good are those eats if they cannot be had at two in the morning? Skip the generic fast-food and weird-looking chicken nuggets and head to one of these spots instead. You’ll thank us tomorrow morning.
New Orleans and Houston cuisine collide on BB's Tex-Cajun-inspired menu. Think: Over-stuffed po-boys, boudin balls and classic red beans and rice. Get it to go, have it delivered or dine-in at BB's 1,100-square-foot Montrose outpost. The personality-filled spot is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!
Don't expect to find a sign marking this dimly-lit Montrose gem, but do keep an eye out for the big wooden doors and green lights beckoning patrons for potent libations and late-night bites. The menu is surprisingly gourmet, with snacks like smoked salmon carpaccio and homemade thin crust pizzas. Drinks are more bourgeois, including bottled beer and standard well drinks. Food is served until 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Situated in downtown's historic W.L. Foley Building, Hearsay Gastro Lounge opened in October 2009, serving upscale pub grub in grown-up style. Think: Warm-baked Goat Cheese Salad and Mahi-Mahi Tacos with fresh pico de gallo, spicy habanera sauce and southwestern mango slaw. Stop by the more than 100-year-old building, Friday and Saturday nights when the kitchen is open until 2 a.m.
Tacos a Go Go
Good food and good prices define this casual, yet funky Midtown restaurant. Located right off the MetroRail and next to the Continental Club, Tacos a Go-Go is the perfect place to stop for some of the most authentic Tex-Mex food in Houston. Think: Carne Guisada tacos, pork tamale plates and hearty burritos. The hotspot stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it one of the best late-night eating options in the neighborhood.
Max's Wine Dive
This upscale dive bar offers a standout wine list, late-night comfort food and it's not malt liquor, but champagne that diners sip with Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits and knockout brownie and bread pudding desserts. Max's kitchen remains open until the hotspot's 2 a.m. closing time.
More than five-dozen varieties of tequila and 17 different margaritas draw party people to Montrose's 24-hour Tex-Mex mainstay, but it's the wallet-friendly fare keeping them there late into the night. Expect hearty, headache-diminishing dishes like quesadillas, enchilada plates and tamales, as well as bottomless chips and salsa. Chapultepec Lupita is open 24 hour a day, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it closes at 2 a.m.
Katz's Deli & Bar
Late-night noshers purr over this all-hours Montrose eatery with a city-slick atmosphere. Crave blintzes at midnight or corned beef and cabbage at sunrise? Katz's is your place. Cops from next door rub shoulders with families, politicos and all walks of colorful Montrose life at this brick paved double-decker. Come hungry for one of more than 20 hefty, kosher-style sandwiches or daily specials like Yankee pot roast and meat loaf. Open 24 hours a day.
The Servos family takes a cozy, low-key approach to Mediterranean food from within an old, renovated house in Montrose. Dig into plates of octopus broiled in wine vinegar, a feta-dotted pizza or anything involving the sautéed spinach. In the mood for breakfast? Theo's delivers a mean line-up including Greek omelets, waffles and pork chops. Open 11am - 4am 7 days a week.
Midtown Bar& Grill
Should you find yourself hungry in Montrose in the middle of the night, hit West Gray Cafe for wallet-friendly soul food served in a homestyle-diner atmosphere. Although the laid-back, 24-hour restaurant does boast an eclectic menu filled with everything from chicken and dumplings to gyros and spaghetti, fight the urge to order them. Regulars know that Midtown bar&grill is all about the breakfast. Come hungry for tried and true staples (eggs, bacon, hash browns and chicken fried steak) served any time of the day.
Established in 1979, the Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine with traditional Tex-Mex favorites. A popular tradition at the Spanish Flowers Restaurant is a complimentary bowl of soup (caldito) with each entrée and a complimentary piece of fresh fruit at the end of the meal. Voted Best Late Night Mexican Restaurant, Spanish Flowers serves up a taste of Mexico 24-hours a day.
House of Pies
Part all-night diner and part pastry shop, House of Pies evokes the vinyl-and-Formica charm of a bygone era. Its lack of pretension proves appealing for everyone from delivery truck drivers and society matrons to curfew-busting high schoolers and off-duty cops. With sugar-free pastries, classic fruit favorites and sinfully rich offerings like the multi-layered Bayou Goo and chocolate cream--all freshly baked--there's a pie for every craving. The all-day short-order menu offers typical greasy-spoon fare, but the drink sizes are generous and the staff is the down-home friendly type you'd find in any Southern diner.
This Vietnamese Midtown staple is open until 3 a.m. weeknights and 4 a.m. on the weekends. The pho at Mai's may not quite live up to the pho at Pho Binh, but everything else on the extensive menu is a safe bet -- be you tipsy or otherwise. Mai is great for lunch, dinner or trying-to-avoid-a-hangover meals, and the bo luc lac -- Mai's signature garlic beef, made with filet mignon -- is a hit regardless of your blood alcohol level. On weekends, you'll find yourself dining among folks in dinner jackets, jeans and tattoos, and just about everything in between.
Since 1989, the Torres family has been busy turning out home-style Tex-Mex Gourmet to the masses and today the business has grown with seven locations in the Greater Houston area. Head there for middle-of-the-night tortas, enchiladas and fajitas. Expect a wait after the bars close, as many faithful followers head to La Tapatia to wrap up a night on the town. The restaurant is open seven days a week: Sunday through Thursday, until 3 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, until 4 a.m.
Don't expect your typical Houston Tex-Mex. This cheap Mexican food chain serves authentic Mexican food to the masses 24-hours a day. Brace yourself for things to heat up at Ruchi's right from the start, with the spicy, hard-to-resist salsa verde. Don't fill up on chips though, there's tortas, flautas and tacos al pastor to experience during your visit, too. Not in the neighborhood? The biz has either other locations in the Houston area, all of which are open around the clock.
Dot Coffee Shop
Step back in time at the Pappas' family's retro-minded Dot Coffee Shop. The 24-hour diner, which opened in 1976, is bright, clean and decorated in its original, old-school style with wood paneling, vinyl booths and TK lights hanging from the ceiling. The menu has withstood the test of time, too. Large, southern-style options fill the menu-buttermilk pancakes, grits, chicken fried steak with country gravy and an endless array of house-made desserts.