It’s late, you’re famished and you’re desperately asking your smartphone what restaurants will greet you with a blinking “Open” sign and round-the-clock hospitality. It’s not always clear where one can grab a bite to eat during non-traditional hours, but in Phoenix, you can satisfy your late-night (or early-morning) hunger at the following eateries that cater to those seeking a meal, 24/7.
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OK, it’s not technically “food” food, but BoSa Donuts, which has locations “sprinkled” throughout metro Phoenix, recognizes that early-morning risers aren’t the only ones who might have a taste for a straight-up glazed or a fancy bear claw. Sometimes the donut urge takes over when the sun doesn’t shine.
Thankfully, BoSa is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to satisfy those random cravings for food with holes. The popular Arizona-based donut franchise, which has a drive-thru, bakes its classic and fancy glazed, frosted, caked, filled and raised confections daily. It also serves made-to-order smoothies, ice-blended drinks, cappuccinos, hot chocolate and an array of sandwiches for those in search of a no-frills donut shop dining adventure, regardless of the hour.
Urban Beans Cafe & Bar
With a full breakfast and lunch menu served any time, and a full bar open until 2 a.m., Urban Beans Café & Bar proves that you can be hip 24 hours a day. The midtown Phoenix bakery-slash-bar-slash-coffee-shop offers fresh and locally made vegan and vegetarian artisan foods, handcrafted espresso, home-baked goods and desserts, and cocktails day or night.
The eclectic space is decorated with art and mismatched furniture, and offers hipsters a diverse selection of elevated, off-hour beverages and fare that includes French press coffee and tea, premium smoothies and shakes, scones, cupcakes and muffins, and artisanal soups and sandwiches such as raw tacos, made with two hearty purple cabbage shells stuffed with “rawco” meat, topped with sliced avocado and drizzled with pleezsh, a vegan cheese.
3508 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014
5 & Diner
These historic, award-winning ’50s-style chrome and neon diners have been feeding customers 24 hours a day with their nostalgic, full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for almost three decades.
The retro, fun-filled atmosphere at each location transports customers back to the dawn of rock-n-roll and sock hops as staff get into character with vintage uniforms. Diners can listen to the oldies from their table-side jukeboxes and nosh on diner classics that include 12 signatures burgers, omelets, breakfast skillets, sandwiches and dinner specials like Cadillac meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
Don’t forget to make room for 5 & Diner’s over-the-top desserts (think cherries and sky-high whipped cream), and signature malts and shakes made with all-natural Breyer’s Ice Cream.
La Korita Taqueria
When you experience a craving for authentic Mexican food in the wee hours of the night, La Korita Taqueria is happily there to answer the post-midnight craving call.
Located off Interstate 17 on Indian School Road, the taqueira has helped many with late-night munchies get over the hungry hump with an extensive menu that features traditional and modern Mexican options including breakfast plates, tacos, burritos, caldos, combos, fajitas, tortas and quesadillas. La Korita Taqueria, which features daily specials, also serves desserts like flan and churros, and has a convenient drive-thru for those not necessarily ready for a prime-time dining appearance. And customers can call the carryout line to help cut some time off their late-night Mexican food run.
4131 N 27th Ave, Phoenix 85017
If Denny’s and Village Inn had a baby, Jerry’s would be their food offspring. Located minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, the modern-day greasy spoon born in 1966 serves many hungry travelers who are passing through, but it also hosts local regulars at all hours of the day with a hearty A-to-Z menu.
Casual, but generous, Jerry’s is widely known for its down-home breakfast fare that includes omelets, waffles and scrambles. The expansive menu also features familiar comfort options such as mozzarella stick appetizers, and lunch and dinner selections like tuna salad, BLTs and burgers, as well as home-style chicken-fried steak, and liver and onions. And on Fridays, it’s all-you-can eat fish.
2323 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix 85016