Top Ten Late Night Places
Once I got into this, I found that there were a lot more places serving food into the wee hours than I thought.
I actually had to eliminate most of the diners -- there were just too many of them. That will have to be another Top Ten.
There were also plenty of places where you could get pizza after midnight. That's a pretty specialized Top Ten, but I bet I could come up with ten of them. And maybe Top Ten places to eat after midnight not downtown.
Anyway, here's my list: ...
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*Blue Moon Cafe (1621 Aliceanna St.) in Fells Point opens at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for what it calls its "famous graveyard shift." It stays open until 3 p.m. the next day. This quirky New Age cafe and espresso bar whips up trucker-style breakfasts, each involving enough food to feed a family of four.
Captain James Landing in Canton (it's that ocean liner-shaped restaurant) offers its full menu until 1:30 a.m. seven days a week. You can get breakfast anytime, seafood, Greek and Italian specialties, pizza, submarines and sandwiches. It used to be open 24 hours a day.
*Jack's Bistro a casual Canton bar, takes imaginative to a new level (see mac 'n' cheese 'n' chocolate). There is skate wing on the menu but also burgers and crab cakes. It serves appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sides until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
*Nam Kang (2126 Maryland Ave.) is a Korean restaurant (it also serves Chinese and Japanese dishes) known for being open very, very late on the weekends. I called to make sure it still was, and the woman who answered told me they serve food till 4 a.m. every day.
* Papermoon Diner on the edge of Hampden is open 24/7. The decor is whimsical and funky, to say the least, but the food isn't. You can get breakfast, sandwiches and burgers and entrees like meatloaf and fried chicken.
* Pazo in Fells Point, whose kitchen closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays, serves a limited menu until 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and the full menu until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The cuisine is, hmmm, upscale peasant Mediterranean.
*Sabatino's in Little Italy dishes up hearty central and southern Italian favorites, the famous Bookmaker salad and lots of homemade pastas until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
*Sip and Bite (2200 Boston St.) in Canton is the granddaddy of late night -- and early morning --places for breakfast or downhome fare like meatloaf. It's open 24 hours a day, and regularly gets awards for best diner in Baltimore.
* XS in Mount Vernon specializes in lavish breakfasts and sushi, served in a four-story townhouse with a cutting-edge decor. It's a college hangout, but it's also a place to go for dessert and coffee after the symphony. Open till 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (The kitchen closes half an hour before then.)
*Zorba's (4710 Eastern Ave.) in Highlandtown is known for its grilled-over-charcoal lamb chops and whole fish Greek-style. Hours vary, but the kitchen basically serves food until midnight during the week and 1:30 a.m. or so on the weekends.
Thanks to Liz K, Marty, Sam and others who made suggestions -- more places than I could fit on this list.