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

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Pho Binh by Night -- or day -- is a great bet.
3. Pho Binh by Night
Three words: Bone. Marrow. Pho. Yes, there are other restaurants that rank higher than Pho Binh on this list, but that single dish makes it one of my favorites, and a favorite among many other night owls in Houston. Pho Binh by Night in Alief is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends, and it's well worth the drive out of the Loop for some of that heavenly pho. It's rich and sumptuous and not at all the austere beef broth you might get at a shop in Midtown (though that pho is good, too). This is the king of pho, brought to you by an unassuming little spot in a strip center primed and ready for some late-night eats and people-watching.

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It looks just as welcoming at night as it does during the day.
2. Mai's Restaurant
Mai's edges out Pho Binh for one reason, and one reason only: It's open later. This Vietnamese Midtown staple is open until 3 a.m. weeknights and 4 a.m. on the weekends. The pho at Mai's may not quite live up to the pho at Pho Binh, but everything else on the extensive menu is a safe bet -- be you tipsy or otherwise. Mai is great for lunch, dinner or trying-to-avoid-a-hangover meals, and the bo luc lac -- Mai's signature garlic beef, made with filet mignon -- is a hit regardless of your blood alcohol level. On weekends, you'll find yourself dining among folks in dinner jackets, jeans and tattoos, and just about everything in between.

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Don't go to them; they'll come to you!
1. Pi Pizza Truck
Good news! You don't have to make it to your car for outstanding late-night grub; Pi Pizza Truck has got you covered. The truck, available for delivery till 3:30 a.m., is slinging some serious pies, from the wild-game-topped Outdoorsman -- with venison sausage and port wine syrup-coated cherries -- to the massive bacon-mac-and-cheese-topped Who's the Mac. Of course, it's not just available for delivery. If you can make your way to the truck itself after a night out, the massive slices may aid in soaking up that booze. At least it's a start. And if you're one of the lucky few who shelled out for a Pi Pizza Truck tattoo recently, then congrats: Your slice is on the house.


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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

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

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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