Late Night Bites

There are plenty of places to satisfy your hunger in Houston

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fun Houston has to offer. There are the shops, the museums, the shows, the restaurants, the nightlife. Oh, the nightlife. The thing is, nightlife – the really good kind, anyway – keeps you up late. But the good news is, in the Bayou City, if you find yourself hungry and the hour is late, you don’t have to hit the drive through. There are some much tastier late night eats on the Houston streets. Here are a few highlights.

Frank’s Pizza
Sunday - Wednesday 11 am to 10 pm
Thursday 11 am to 1 am
Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 3 am

This pizza is so good. It is so, so good. It just might be the closest you can get to NY taste in H-Town. Words to the wise – call ahead. Seriously, call ahead. Even if you do, you’ll likely wait. But on the weekends, late at night, the people watching is so great, it wouldn’t matter if the pizza was bad. They offer all of the usual suspects as well as Frank’s faves like the Chicken Fiesta with fajita chicken, jalapeños, queso, black olives, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and Pesto sauce; the Scrumptious Supreme with pepperoni, hamburger, sausage, green peppers, tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, and onions; and the Chicken Special with chicken instead of the aforementioned meats in the Scrumptious Supreme. - Downtown

Mai’s
Monday -Thursday, 11 am - 3 am
Friday - Saturday, 11 am - 4 am
Closed on Sunday

It’s all the favorites of Vietnamese food lovers. Pho, bun, and bahn hoi. That is, soup, vermicelli bowls, and Vietnamese “fajitas.” And they are made with every variety of protein from tofu to chicken to pork to beef to chicken to beef to seafood. It’s all so good and it’s all available so late, that it’s the perfect final stop to your evening out. It gets busy, so be prepared to wait. But, not to worry, it’s worth it. Oh, and be brave, order what you love but also order something new. You just might surprise yourself! - Midtown

Velvet Taco
Monday - Wednesday, 10 am - 12 am
Thursday, 10 am - 2 am
Friday, 10am - 4am
Saturday, 9 am - 4 am
Sunday, 9 am - 12 am

The tacos are delicious, which is enough in and of itself. But the fact is that their tortillas are homemade in-house, their chicken and corn are slow-roasted in-house, and their sorbets and margaritas are made with fresh fruits. It's like getting a bonus track from your favorite artist. Maybe the best part is the crazy combos that are insanely delicious like the Cuban Pig with gruyere cheese, slow roasted pulled pork, and shaved ham; the Tuna Poke with ginger-soy vinaigrette, avocado, and seaweed salad; and the Barbacoa Egg Frittata with shredded wagyu brisket, corn, pico, queso fresco, salsa verde, cilantro, and hibiscus on a corn tortilla. Finally, taco time doesn’t have to end so ridiculously early. - Washington Ave.

Katz’s Deli
24 hours a day, every day

Sky high sandwiches and matzoh ball soup. I mean that’s all that really has to be said. Jewish deli equal the best eats to cure whatever ails you from cold to hangover to everything in between. In case you’re not a classic deli kind of person, there’s no need to worry. Katz’s menu is enormous, complete with burgers, pasta, breakfast, and even “low kal” choices. Although if you’re going to go to a Jewish deli, you might as well eat like you’re at a Jewish deli, right? - Montrose

Pho Binh
Weekdays til midnight
Fridays and Saturdays till 3am

Pho Binh is another great choice for late night Vietnamese fare. Ask any Houstonian where you can find the best pho late at night and you are sure to hear Pho Binh at the top of the list. You’ll find sandwiches, vermicelli, rice dishes, apps, and – of course – the belle of the ball, more pho choices than even the biggest pho lover could ask for. The ingredients are fresh and the place is always full, always a good sign! - Chinatown

House of Pies
Open 24 four hours a day, every day

Fondly referred to as House of Guys, House of Pies has, as the name suggests, a plethora of kick-ass homemade pies, and, as the nickname suggests, a plethora of guys hanging out at any given time as well. They also boast a ton of offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from omelets to burgers to pork chops. Now their idea of “on the light side” is chopped steak, a tuna boat, and a baked potato, so think "diner," not "house of healthy eating." But when you’re in the mood for pies and food – and gay men galore – late at night, House of Pies is an A-1 pick for sure. - Upper Kirby

Tan Tan
Sunday - Thursday, 11 am - 11 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11 am - Midnight

Tan Tan has it all, including fried rice, spring rolls, noodle soups, congee, pan-fried noodles, and sizzling platters. But the stars of the show are their hot pots. If you’ve never taken part in hot pot eating, you are in for a serious treat. The food is brought to your table raw and you cook it up right there at the table. You control the temp and the ingredients. And, after a night on the town, it’s a great way to wind down, recap the night, and enjoy some seriously good eats. - Chinatown


Theos
Open 10 am to 4 am, seven days a week

You’ll find classic Greek fare, of course, really good Greek fare. But you’ll also find sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and breakfast choices galore. When the crew can’t agree on where to go late at night, Theos is the perfect tiebreaker. To be fair though, those who opt for the Greek options will be the happiest for sure. Good news is you have till 4am to decide what you want. After that, well, you don’t have to go home but… you know. - Montrose

By Jenny Block

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