Where to Grab a Bite to Eat After Most Restaurants Say Goodnight

by Alexander Frane on Oct 23, 2015 in Roundups for Lúc Lác

In Portland, as in all of Oregon, we’re lucky—bars are open until 2:30 AM, and as long as they are, they are required to serve full food menus. This has created a sort of blurring of the lines between bars and restaurants in the city. Many restaurants have impressive bars, and many bars have great food. But sometimes, after a night of heavy drinking, you need something to soak up some alcohol before bed, and the bars have closed. Or maybe you want to get some food and a last drink, but want to be polite and not order ten minutes before they close.

Here are some of our favorite late night food spots, a few of which also serve alcohol up until 2:30 and all of which are open later than 2:30. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
 
Sometimes, after a long night of drinking, a fully loaded hot dog is the only thing you want. Zach’s Shack is there to satisfy that craving. Open until 3 AM every day of the week, Zach’s Shack also sports a full bar with cheap beer and well drinks at happy hour and late night happy hour. It’s the perfect place to end a night out after bar-hopping the dives at East Hawthorne. Hours: 12 PM–3 AM (4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; 503-233-4616)
 
Sizzle Pie
Pizza is another late night classic, and Sizzle Pie serves up some of the best slices in the city. Sizzle Pie has two locations on almost the exact opposite sides of the river: 9th and West Burnside, after you’ve gone out to the cocktail bars in the Pearl or the gay bars in Old Town; and 6th and East Burnside, after you’ve gone out dancing at The Lovecraft or caught a show at Rontoms or The Doug Fir. It also has a full location in North Portland. If you aren’t finished drinking, they also have a full bar at the East side, and beer and wine at the others. Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 11 AM–3 AM; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM–4 AM (624 E Burnside St.; 926 W Burnside St.; & 125 NE Schuyler St.; 503-234-7437)
 
Straight from New York
The pizza at Straight from New York is a similar style to Sizzle Pie. And, like Sizzle Pie, they have locations on the west and east, though only the SE Belmont location is open late—3 AM. It’s a great place for a late night snack after hitting the Belmont bars. Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 11 AM–12 AM; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM–3 AM (3330 SE Belmont St.; 971-279-5970)
 
Luc Lac
Not everyone wants greasy pizza at 3 AM, especially someone who just got off an 8-hour bar shift and is hungry. Luckily, on the weekends, Luc Lac is open until 4 AM, serving pho, vermicelli bowls, and delicious sides. Wine, beer, and cocktails are also available until 2:30 AM. Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 11 AM–12 AM; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM–4 AM (835 SW 2nd Ave.; 503-222-0047)
 
Le Bistro Montage
Montage is a Portland institution. It’s been serving its famous mac n cheese and Cajun inspired cuisine since 1992, and is open until 2 AM during the week and 4 AM on the weekend. Be sure to order an oyster shot: servers still shout it out to the kitchen when you do. The tinfoil animal leftover wrappings are also a classic. Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 5 PM–2 AM; Friday & Saturday, 5 PM–4 AM (301 SE Morrison St.; 971-271-8920) 

The Hotcake House
The Hotcake House is even more of a Portland institution than Montage; your parents were probably getting food here at 3 AM in the 70’s. It serves breakfast food, steak, burgers, and more, all on a grill that’s been in almost constant service for more than 40 years. The actual quality of food might not be the highest, but it’s open 24/7 and portions are huge, so you probably won’t care. Hours: Open 24/7, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (1002 SE Powell Blvd.; 503-236-7402)
 
Cartopia
The food carts on 12th and Hawthorne have gone through a lot of drama, as their fate was extremely tenuous last year. Luckily, a public outcry managed to keep the lot from being renovated into condominiums. Today, you can still wander over from the bars at 3 AM or later to grab a burrito, PB&J, or a stone-oven baked pizza. Hours: Vary by shop (SE 12th and Hawthorne)

Unfortunately,
Robo Taco, the beloved late night taco house, has started to close at midnight due to the behaviors of its late night clientele.

Sizzle Pie photo by Alexander Frane

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