Houston's 10 Best Late-Night Dining Options

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3. Chacho's / Spanish Flowers (tie)
Open until: you go home; both places are 24-hour affairs

Sometimes the only thing that will set you right is a plate of cheese enchiladas or a handful of fluffy flour tortillas with some sirloin steak stuffed inside. And both of these Tex-Mex stalwarts will take care of those cravings 24 hours a day. Chacho's has a drive-thru -- handy if you're on the way home -- and a remarkably pleasant patio that's akin to a Taco Cabana on steroids. Spanish Flowers, meanwhile, only takes one break a week from serving customers: It closes at 10 p.m. on Tuesday before reopening on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

2. Pho Binh by Night / Fu Fu Cafe (tie)
Open until: 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, midnight the rest of the week (Pho Binh)
Open until: 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 a.m. the rest of the week (Fu Fu)

It used to be that the Chinatown go-to for late-night dining was Tan Tan. And while it's still a strong contender for the list, you can get far better food at both Pho Binh by Night and Fu Fu Cafe. Pho Binh is an offshoot of the immensely popular Pho Binh trailer in south Houston -- owned by the very same family, so you know the pho is still every bit as amazing -- while Fu Fu Cafe offers what many Houstonians consider to be the city's best soup dumplings...if there are any left at 4 a.m., that is.

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Catfish and grits at BB's Cafe.
1. BB's Cafe
Open until: 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday (Montrose location), 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday (Heights and Greenway Plaza locations), midnight the rest of the week

Whether at the original Montrose location or the conveniently located Heights spot across the street from Fitzgerald's, BB's Cafe currently has the market cornered on late-night dining. Where else in town can you get a po-boy this good this late at night? There are only a handful of places that rival BB's Cafe in the daylight hours as it is. And BB's knows that late-night diners are its bread and butter, offering amazing morning-to-night concoctions like breakfast po-boys like the Morning Glory po-boy filled with scrambled eggs, queso, fajita beef and BB's sauce. What else could any Houstonian ask for at 2 a.m. that doesn't come with a pillow and comforter?

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For 24 hour Mexican - I have a soft spot for Andy's Cafe in the Heights

Laurie Woolery Sheddan
Laurie Woolery Sheddan

how can you possibly leave out House of Pies??? They have been feeding people 24 hours a day for YEARS!!!


Dot's Coffee Shop.  Good food and great people watching late at night.


For Tex Mex, I would prefer La Tapatia on Richmond to Spanish Flowers or Chacho's. It's open until 3 a.m. Otherwise, solid list.

kshilcutt moderator editor

@kristen.schirmer Me too, although most of my friends wonder what I see in the place. I love the Columbian enchiladas - at night or for breakfast. Plus free wi-fi!

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