Somewhere around 11pm there was some conscious decision to cross a threshold and give a finger to being responsible. Vodka soda, whisky ginger, beer and more beer – and now last call has reminded you that tomorrow will probably suck and turning down for what is something you probably should’ve reconsidered.
There are very few good decisions made past midnight, but, wolfing down terrible food to curb a hangover isn’t one of those bad calls you have to continue making. The next time you drop it a little too low and really need some direction when it comes stomach-filing sobriety, keep these late night joints in mind.
Bánh Mì Chè Cali
15551 Brookhurst St
Westminster, CA 92683
Every culture has their post-drinking junk food. Southern California houses just about every culture. This means plenty of options. When it comes to Vietnamese food, the Banh Mi is pretty far from junk food however. Typically slow cooked pork, loads of pickled veggies including onion, carrots, cucumber, and cilantro all nestled in a warm baguette. Banh Mi Che Cali happens to be one of the few 24/7 spots that always have fresh bread baking and run a regular buy 2 get 1 free special. This Little Saigon treasure is not only cheap, but damn delicious.
Harbor House Café
16341 Pacific Coast Hwy
Sunset Beach, CA 90742
On the east coast, the diner is king. An ongoing brew of coffee, slices of pie in a glass case, and a menu that includes everything from breakfast classics to sirloin steak and baked potato – Harbor House is the California coastal equivalent. Complete with film posters mounted on every wall (including the ceiling) and menu options that allow you to smother whatever you order in gravy, this 24/7 365 destination is well-know among night owls and perpetual drunks. The stuff isn’t gourmet, but anytime you can order an omelette, a wet burrito, and a strawberry shake in the same sitting, you know it’s gonna hit the spot.
Taqueria De Anda
308 W Valencia Dr
Fullerton, CA 92832
When it comes to California cuisine, the taco remains in the top tier of drunk food alongside the bacon-wrapped street dog. Something about chopped meat in a tortilla that erases all cultural and social division – it’s a thing of beauty really. In the OC, Taqueria De Anda has been holding late night court over party animals for years with a keep it simple style menu. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas – that’s it. Asada, Carnitas, Pollo, Cabeza (that’s pretty much beef cheek), and Al Pastor, a slow cooked pork marinated with pineapple and onion are the options and trust it is munchie mastery.
***Sidenote – Great for people watching. Nothing like seeing hoodrats release their Spanx to inhale five tacos of buche and wash it down with a Horchata while talking about their man that, “is afraid of a real woman.”
17420 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92641
Far from the typical 24-hour donut spot, the Donuttery actually employs pastry chefs and bakers with some 20-plus years of experience in the kitchen. The nondescript shop almost always has a line and with options like crème brulee, S’more (yeah, toasted mini marshmallows covering a chocolate donut, and the maple bacon bar with an actual full strip of crispy, salty bacon – the hype here is all the way real. Offering fresh bagels, vegan donut options, and deli sandwiches that showcase some variety on the menu, the appeal here is polishing off a baker’s dozen of some of California’s most ambitious donuts after a long night at the bar.
2801 W Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804
Quality Chinese food after midnight – yep! Family owned and operated Choy’s advertises plainly (massive sign on the building) they are open nightly until 2am. In addition, the café has a local delivery service that runs until midnight and maybe later if you are nice enough. Can’t miss classics from Kung Pao Shrimp, Crispy Duck, and mounds of fried rice with a protein of your choice are tasty enough, but somehow tastes even better in the wee hours of the morning.