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Thursday, August 11, 2011

24-Hour Eateries Satisfy Post-Midnight Cravings

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

  • Sparky's 24 Hours Diner
It's four in the morning and you're starving. Where should you go?

San Francisco eateries aren't very good at staying open into the wee hours, so we've compiled a list of places for you to go to in case the cupboard is bare when you want a midnight snack.

New to the Scene
DNA Pizza (371 Eleventh at Harrison) is the new kid on the 24-hour dining block, starting around-the-clock service this week. On the menu: "The Carnivore" and "The Whole Damn Vegan Garden" pizzas, $16.95-$32.95.

click to enlarge Belgian Waffles at Pinecrest Diner
  • Belgian Waffles at Pinecrest Diner
Diners rule the city at four in the morning. We don't promise any gourmet food, but at least you'll get a good hearty meal to hit the spot. Here are three whose doors are open all through the night:

Sparky's (242 Church at Market): Not only is it open 24 hours, you can also order online. Delivery runs 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekdays, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends.
On the menu: Celebrity pizzas and calzones like the Jimi Hendrix (sausage, salami, pepperoni, mushrooms) and the U2 special (artichokes, tomatoes, mushroom, ham), $15-$24

Pinecrest Diner (401 Geary at Mason): This one's a bit of a tweener, posing as an upscale eatery though it's really a diner. On the menu: Wine by the glass or bottle ($4.95-$22), veggie burgers, and sandwiches.

Lori's Diner (multiple locations): Open since 1986, this classic diner celebrates the "fabulous 50's" with Elvis and Monroe memorabilia. Go late to avoid the tourists. The classics are all there: omelets in every variety, sundaes ($5.95-$6.25), and chicken-fried steak ($14.95), if you're more than just peckish.

click to enlarge Naan-n-Curry
  • Naan-n-Curry
Off the beaten track
Latte Express (48 5th Street at Stevenson): If you're wandering around the Powell BART station late at night, this corner shop has doughnuts and Vietnamese sandwiches.

Cafe Mason (320 Mason at O'Farrell): Not quite a diner, this cafe serves up freshly squeezed orange juice and crepes besides the more traditional fare.

Naan-n-Curry (642 Irving at Seventh Ave.) Okay, this one is cheating because it's only open til 3 a.m., but it's probably the only place to get Indian food in the middle of the night.

If we've missed out any of your favorite 4 a.m. eateries, feel free to chime in below in the comments section!

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