Hey friends – Kim here! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about late night eats in DC so I decided to create a guide post for you guys. I’ve pulled deets from each restaurant’s website, but always make sure to double check because everything’s different with COVID now. I’ll be updating from time to time so make sure to bookmark this and refer back. And if you have any spots to add, please leave a comment below!
Their AdMo location is definitely a late night favorite, but things are different because of COVID. Obviously. For those of you looking to indulge, they’re open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Go for affordable bowls, falafel sandwiches, crispy AF fries and more. Pro tip, go HAM on the garlic cream.
Astoria’s legendary for more reasons than one. The interior’s stunning, the ambiance is amazing, drinks are dope, and the food. OH MY GOD, THE FOOD! It’s stupid tasty, like some-of-my-favorite-Asian-food-in-DC tasty. Their kitchen’s open until 11PM Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. They’re closed on Tuesdays though so make a note! Must try dishes include their chili wontons, mapo tofu and water boiled fish, SHEESH!
Ben’s Chili Bowl
This DC staple’s an absolute must try – hello half smoke! Their U Street location’s open on Thursdays until 11PM, Fridays & Saturdays until 4AM, and Sundays until 10PM. Head on over to enjoy their OG chili half smoke with a side of pipin’ hot chili cheese fries. Because you deserve to treat yourself, especially after a fun night out with friends.
Chicken and Whiskey
The food at Chicken and Whiskey’s damn good. Chef Enrique Limardo, from Seven Reasons & Imperfecto, creates it all from scratch, and it’s some of the yummiest rotisserie chicken in the city.
LOVE the South American flavors, and the sauces that come with as well. For sides, make sure to try their yuca fries, sweet plantains, and their guasacaca + chips – open until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday and until 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Two words: jumbo slice. AdMo’s Duccini’s has been around forever, and although their pizza’s solid, it’s especially tasty at 2 in the morning. Am I right or am I right? My go-to order’s their jumbo with pep, but the world’s your oyster. They’re open until 1AM Sunday through Thursday and 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays so enjoy.
Apparently, El Tamarindo’s been around since 1982? I actually had no idea, but that’s super cool. And it’s also cool that they’re open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. They’re known for their affordable Salvadoran and Mexican eats, and I’m a big fan of their pupusas. Served with curtido and priced at $3.50, their revuelta. jalapeño con queso, and pollo con queso are must tries!
New Big Wong
Open daily until 3AM, New Big Wong’s an industry favorite. Located in Chinatown, you’ll often spot your favorite chef or bartender grabbing a meal here after work. The staff’s friendly and the food’s on point so there’s a lot to love about this unassuming gem. My favorite dishes include their dry scallop fried rice, garlic snow pea leaves, and roast duck.
Surfside Dupont is the only spot I could find that’s open 24/7! Their Tenleytown and Wharf locations are open late as well though (1AM) so that’s always an option. They’re not my fave taco spot in DC – to be fair, there are a LOT of amazing tacos in the district – but their food’s great!
Their tulum tacos (chicken tinga) are good, and they have a mean burrito. I recommend trying the Andros; it’s made with grilled steak, slow-roasted tomato, corn, cucumber yogurt and yellow rice.
Their Chinatown location’s open until 11PM Monday through Wednesday, midnight on Thursdays, 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays and 11PM on Sundays. Their Navy Yard brick and mortar’s an option as well, but their hours vary a bit so make sure you double check on their website.
It’s no secret that I’m big on Wiseguys, and I love that they offer their specialty pies by the slice. With options like Korean Chicken and Chicken Alfredo, there’s so much to try so make several trips, you know, for research. I’m a sucker for their chicken parm, but chicken paneer’s scrumptious as well.
Alright Nomsters, I hope you enjoyed my latest DC roundup guide! For more on district eats, make sure to check out this tab, and stay tuned for more content coming your way. Until next time – happy eating!