Rest of the Best 2013: The Top 10 Late-Night Restaurants in Houston

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Photo courtesy Ruchis
How's that for a midnight snack?
7. Ruchis
There are six Ruchis El Rincón de Méxicos in the greater Houston area, and most of them are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to satisfy all your nighttime Tex-Mex cravings. Where else can you get mesquite-seasoned tilapia filets with grilled shrimp, rice, french fries and salad for $14 in the wee hours of the morning? Only here. Okay, actually, there's one other place I know of, and it's also on the list. But when you're craving the greasy, fatty, Tex-Mex food of your youth, chances are Ruchis is only a short drive cab ride away.

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Just like Grandma used to make.
6. Dot Coffee Shop
The coffee shop that "never locks its doors" opened in Houston in 1967. At the time, it was the first concept from the Pappas brothers, who now have a Houston empire. If your idea of comfort food falls more in line with chicken-fried steak, bacon cheeseburgers and buffalo wings than queso and enchiladas, Dot is sure to satisfy. The retro eatery promises made-from-scratch food comparable to what grandma used to make. As at Waffle House, breakfast is served all day and all night, but Dot's list of breakfast items, like French toast and banana nut pancakes, is far more extensive than ol' WaHo's.

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Photo courtesy House of Pies
Counting down the days until you reopen, my love.
5. House of Pies
Anyone who knows me is aware of
how much I love House of Pies. It's within walking distance from my house, and it's open 24 hours a day, which makes it the ideal late-night eatery. Plus, I don't have to decide between greasy-spoon grub or awesome desserts, because HOP has both. It's currently closed for renovations after a fire that shuttered it in early November, but the owners have assured Houstonians that they will have pie for Christmas this year. I don't know about you, but that's all I want for Christmas: Bayou Goo at 3 a.m. once again. Dear Santa, I hope you're listening.

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Photo by Jeff Balke
Nothing wards off a hangover like Tex-Mex.
4. Spanish Flowers
When dining in the middle of the night, one often has to choose convenience over taste. Is it open? Yes. Then it's going to have to do. Not so with Spanish Flowers, which is just as delicious during the day as it is in the dark after several margaritas. Piping hot, freshly made tortillas and bright, zingy salsa will go a long way toward perking up the evening, while the thick, creamy queso del mar or earthy enchiladas mole will soak up any alcohol left in your stomach while simultaneously tantalizing your tastebuds. It closes only between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.


Location Info

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Pi Pizza Truck

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Binh By Night

12148 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spanish Flower Mexican Restaurant

4701 N. Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ruchis Taquerias El Rincon De Mexico

3202 S. Loop W., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dot Coffee Shop

7006 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: General

House of Pies

3112 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Katz's Deli and Bar

616 Westheimer St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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27 comments
Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Who is manning this? It made much more sense two hours ago. Who is thinking "I'll eat after 3:00?" Here's a hint: Nobody.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

When I first read this I thought Waffle House?  Taco Cabana? Here we go again...   While these are good places to get late night grub, they should hardly make any top ten list.  But the list got slowly more interesting and even included some places I didn't know were open that late.  Good list overall, although I too would have to either omit Mai's entirely, or at least put it towards the bottom.  That said, it's a shame you weren't here back when Mama's Cafe was around, though apparently if you go back to San Antonio, they have a location there.  Huevos Hofbrau!

Erik V
Erik V

What about Chapultepec!

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

Yawl need to go to bed and quit running the streets so late.  Ain't nuttin but trouble out there!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Spanish Flowers? I thought it was singular..

FRL713
FRL713

Chacho's and Fu Fu Cafe

paval
paval

one of my favorite late night spots, when i was still eating late night is the Venezuelan Food Truck on Fondren. Open till 4am it serves excellent cachapas, arepas and even tacos, though i would never venture that far out of my comfort zone in a Venezuelan food truck.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Spanish Flower is a great for late night eats and people watching--truly a cross section of Houston. It's the only thing I miss about living in Lindale.

Sonnenkind
Sonnenkind

Mai's??? Maybe fifteen years ago. There are so many better options than Mai's, especially the new pricier version. 

houtxfoodluv
houtxfoodluv

Best place to go for better food has always been Max's on Washington ave - they cook until 2am on the weekends and it's awesome for mac and cheese or fried chicken after a night of partying.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

I do when I'm out on the weekends....

james.brock
james.brock

@FattyFatBastard Your comment illuminates one of the beauties of food and eating: every human being is an individual. One man's feast is another woman's junk food. 


Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@paval Sabor Venezolano! The patacon, a ham sandwich except the bread is fried plantains. Delicious.

fotriiliam
fotriiliam

@Sonnenkind Mai's has always been some of the worst vietnamese food in the city.  And somehow it got even worse after the fire!  Way overpriced, terrible service, and just plain bad food.  Somehow, the novelty of a vietnamese restaurant open late inside the loop made it a Houston icon to people that just don't know any better.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

And those options would be...? Share with the family.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@houtxfoodluv They are good, but this list only includes restaurants open later than 2 a.m.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Glenda32 @KaitlinS @fotriiliam @Sonnenkind 

I'm kind of surprised no one has commented on the inclusion of Whataburger/Taco C. Left to my own devices, they'd be up at the top. Fortunately, I have editors and friends to tell me I'm crazy.

Glenda32
Glenda32

@KaitlinS @fotriiliam @Sonnenkind 

Mai's might win by default. I know of other better late night restaurants nearby Mai's, but maybe not Viet restaurants that stay open all night.

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