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Midnight and Beyond
by Lily Ko on Dec 09, 2010
With so many unconventional work hours, and clubbers who don't want to grow up, you would think the late-night dining scene would be a lot more happening in San Francisco. Sure, we all know Tommy's Joynt, Mel's, and the Mission's bacon-wrapped hot dog stands, but what else is out there? Steering clear of pizza and 24-hour diners, we searched for the best late-night bites. The following restaurants (listed in alphabetical order) are all open until at least midnight, all week long.
Hours: M-F, 5:30pm – 1am; Sat-Sun, 12pm – 1am
Beretta has quickly become a staple late-night spot, and it’s always bustling with hungry, happy diners. The drinks are tough to compete with, but the food does a nice job. Get the margarita pizza with buratta and prosciutto, and end on a sweet note with the panna gelato with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. http://www.sfstation.com/beretta-b24378572
Hours: Everyday, 11:30am – 2am
This hole-in-the-wall sandwich and sausage shop is loaded with flavor. Try the Gouda Good, a saucy, cheesy, rotisserie chicken, sandwich on Dutch crunch.
Hours: Everyday, 4pm – 1am
It's not Harris', but for late-night steaks head to Brazen Head. The food is hearty, unhealthy, and it gets the job done. Try the French onion soup, Caesar salad, and pepper steak.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 5pm – 12am; Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am
Broken Record is just your average middle-of-nowhere, unpretentious, friendly bar with good food. Get the chicken wings and pulled pork. Or if you're a vegetarian, opt for the Sweet Potato Fries and Tomato Toast.
Hours: Everyday, 11am – 3am
Oh, North Beach. In a sea of Italian restaurants and pubs happily sits this delicious little sandwich shop that could. Buster's Cheesesteak and garlic fries – enough said.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 3am; Friday – Saturday, 10am – 4am
El Faralito is consistently one of the most happening after-bar locales in San Francisco. It’s known for brick-sized burritos that are cheap, fresh, and packed with flavor. Get the steak burrito, quesadillas suiza, or super nachos. Yum.
Hog & Rocks
Hours: Everyday, 5pm – 1am
Hog & Rocks is a bit tucked away from the general madness during the wee hours in the Mission, which makes it even more appealing. Get ham and oysters, duh. But also, don't miss the fish & chips and the daily dessert.
Lers Ros Thai
Hours: Everyday, 11am – 12am
Ler Ros Thai has one of the most extensive Thai menus in the city, and we've yet to meet a dish we don't like. The “smoky and tasty” koh moo yang, grilled slices of pork shoulder served with chilli sauce, is an absolute must. The menu also features a generous number of choice vegetarian options including the pad makuer tofu, stir-fried eggplant, tofu green bell pepper with garlic chili sauce and basil.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 12am; Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 1am
Lime makes the club-to-restaurant transition seamless by keeping the club interior, and adding non-club food. Ike's sandwiches aren't available late night, alas, but Lime's deviled eggs and tasty sliders with special sauce are definitely on the late menu.
Hours: Everyday, 12pm – 2am
One of the more established late-night spots, Monk's Kettle is always a solid choice. Order a fancy beer, the giant pretzel with home ground mustard, and the lamb burger and enjoy.
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 5pm – 12am. Thursday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am
Korean restaurants are actually known for staying open late, but Playground wins because it mixes food, drink, and karaoke together till the early morn'. Put in an order of Bibim Pot-stickers, Kimchi Tofu, and Sweet and Sour Pork while you belt out your favorite 80s tracks.
Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant & Bar
Hours: Everyday, 6pm – 2am
There's nothing wrong with random late night sushi cravings, so thank goodness for Ryoko's. The Volcano Roll, Crunchy Crab Roll, and Pokemon Roll are all excellent choices, as is the yaki onigiri (fried rice ball).
by Lily Ko on Dec 09, 2010
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