Food & Drink

The Best Late-Night Eats in Dallas

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013
Blind Butcher
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In some cities, late-night food begins with hot dogs, the unbridled joy of a bacon-wrapped dog with onions in LA, or one piled with kraut and spicy mustard in NYC. What Dallas lacks in craveable hot-dog options, it more than makes up for with variety. There’s the Rose burger at Mr Mesero, a picturesque double cheeseburger that’s served until very late. In Downtown Dallas, Wild Salsa is serving steak tacos and quesadillas until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Then, there’s Top Knot's late-night poutine. They’re good, but there is competition. You’ll need a car, or a generous friend, but these 11 post-midnight eats in Dallas are perfect -- whether you’ve had a few or not.

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Fish & chips

The Old Monk

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Henderson

There are a lot of reasons to avoid fish & chips after 10pm, but none of them are good enough to steer you away from Old Monk’s deep-fried strips of Atlantic cod and homemade tartar sauce. The only thing green on the plate is the dill on the rim of the tarter sauce ramekin. Hammer some of that tart malt vinegar all over your deep-fried everything; dip battered fish; and repeat. It’s superb paired with a cold lager.

Late-night hours: Open until 2am every night, with a late-night menu that runs 11pm-1am Sunday through Thursday.

The fish taco

El Come Taco

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Fitzhugh

Yes, you should come taco. Come fish taco, actually. The fried tilapia fish tacos are standouts: crunchy cabbage and pickled red onions, zigzags of savory crema, and bright, fresh-chopped cilantro top the fresh fish. El Come seasons its tilapia nicely, so you’re not getting just bland fried whatever-fish. Squeeze some lime juice over your fish and tortillas for a wake-up call. It’s a top-five fish taco that you won’t regret.

Late-night hours: Open until midnight, Friday and Saturday. Open until 10pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Courtesy of Velvet Taco

Loaded tater tots

Velvet Taco

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Henderson

The tater tot side at Velvet Taco is the late-night Cinemax of eating. After midnight, it gets real dirty. The tater tots are salty and crispy, topped with chunks of goat cheese, nodes of bacon, melted smoked cheddar, a tangy avocado crema, and -- wait for it -- a local sunny-side-up egg. The egg, when jabbed, gets all adult film over everything. Bring lots of napkins to clean up.

Late-night hours: Open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. Open until 2am Sunday through Thursday.

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The pork belly poutine

Blind Butcher

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Lower Greenville

Things have gotten bad for you if you haven’t made it to Blind Butcher for the poutine. Sensational, silky, and smoky gravy, cheese curds, and seared pork belly, tender as you’d hope, top marvelously crispy French fries, because you need to treat yourself like an Edwardian king. Order your tablemates to get you a beer and some bone marrow cake, if you’re in the mood.

Late-night hours: Open until 2am every night.

CRUSHCRAFT THAI STREET EATS

The Khao Pat: Thai fried rice

CrushCraft

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Uptown

This has got to be one of the best guilty pleasures in Dallas: chicken tossed with scrambled egg, salty-addictive jasmine fried rice, mixed fresh onions, and a cucumber relish that will make your brain’s lobes stand up and yell. A fried egg is laid over the whole thing, which is never bad. Make sure you get a side of the spicy nahm jim sauce.

Late-night hours: Open until 3am Fridays and Saturdays.

Courtesy of The Armoury D.E.

The Csavargo sandwich

Armoury D.E.

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Deep Ellum

Five years ago, you never would have guessed that Deep Ellum would have stellar Hungarian-inspired bar food. The Armoury’s doing burgers and sandwiches right: the Csavargó is pork belly and paprika-dusted sausage, sparking with a sliced jalapeño and a bold mustard. A chunky bread gives depth. It’s a sandwich that lights up your brain.

Late-night hours: Open until 2am every night.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

The falafel sandwich

Amsterdam Falafelshop

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Deep Ellum

When five crispy spheres of falafel hit pita after 1am, good things are happening. At Deep Ellum’s new fast-casual falafel & gyro shop, you order your main protein first, then work down a line of pickled, spicy, and delicious sides. Spoon on pickles and tabbouleh, onions, spicy tomatoes, and garlic sauces. This is the best part of Amsterdam: the combinations are an electric joy.

Late-night hours: Open until 3am Wednesday through Saturday. Open until midnight Sunday through Tuesday.

DaLat (at 2537 Fitzhugh) - Late Night Vietnamese Comfort Food

The T&A Vietnamese Burger

DaLat

Address and Info

Fitzhugh

Yes, there is plenty of late-night pho at DaLat. There’s also a dish made with Doritos. But, after a beer or seven, what you really need is seared, crusty pork burger on a clever banh mi roll. You need a fried egg that runs into a meaty burger when you slice it down the center. It’s one of the more underrated, atypical sandwiches in Dallas.

Late-night hours: Open until 2am every night.

Banchan and seafood pancakes

Dal Dong Nae Chicken and Hof

Address and Info

Northwest Dallas

Spicy and pickled Korean food and cold beer is life medicine. Dal Dong will provide much-needed banchan, small dishes served alongside dishes, that span the table. Get a crispy-edged pancake, dip it into the center of that salty sauce, add pickled things, and repeat. When washed down with cold hair of the dog, moods improves dramatically.

Late-night hours: Open until 2am every night.

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The smoked salmon skins

Nova

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Oak Cliff

You know what we do really well in Dallas? Elevated bar food. At Nova, late into the evening, potato skins aren’t boring. They’re not filled with glossy cheddar: these potato skins are layered with smoke-kissed salmon, crunchy, salty bacon, and creme fraiche. Chopped green onions, showered over the top, give them some herbaceous crunch. You won’t get the frozen ones from chain spots ever again.

Late-night hours: Open until midnight Monday through Sunday..

ZaLat - Fitzhugh Dallas

Any pizza

Zalat

Address and Info

Fitzhugh

This is late-night-food row. Right next to DaLat’s Vietnamese comfort food and El Come’s fish taco is one of Dallas’ best delivery pizza joints. The pizzas are sublime munchie material in the guise of a New York slice. For less than a large pie at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company, Zalat’s firing up great 18in cheese and chunky sausage pizzas -- with sides of Sriracha-spiked ranch dressing -- that you can get with a simple text message. It also has Reuben pizza that’ll knock you clean off your feet.  

Late-night hours: Available for delivery until 4am every night; you can also order candy.

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1. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company 1923 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

GAPC is known for inventing, and mastering, their own category of pie -- East Dallas Style Pizza. Their open until 3a daily, so drop by for a pie most anytime, and if you have some extra room leftover, try their unique Lemon Pepper or Orange Chipotle wings.

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2. Pop Diner 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (West Village)

The place is like a '50s diner with an '80s facelift, complete with 8-bit murals in the bathroom, a boombox lithograph, and pics of iconic '80s characters like Ferris Bueller, Rocky, and Michael J. Fox as Teen Wolf, also a thrilling account of Blitzer's days as a budding journalist.

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3. Chef House 4028 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Chef House has all your Chinese and Thai favorites, with the added benefit that they are all being served right up until 230a. And if you don't think you can make it there in time, get yourself some delivery (ends at 2a) and enjoy your food at home.

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4. Cafe Brazil Cedar Springs 3847 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Cafe Brazil in Cedar Springs has everything from Build-Your-Own-Pancakes (Reese's Cups and bananas!) to Super Quesadillas and cheese fries by the pound, and they dish it all up 24 hours a day, so the whole "self-restraint" part is on you -- good luck.

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5. Cesar's Tacos 2919 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75211

This simple, no-fuss setting with only a few seats serves authentic Mexican street food around the clock. Swing by and grab one of their gorditas (a crispy small cake stuffed with meat and cheese), fajitas, or anything al pastor. The hot sauce is incredibly on point, too, so be sure to use it.

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6. San Jang 11276 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75229 (North Dallas)

North's Dallas's shining star of Korean BBQ authenticity: San Jang. As an added bonus, they are open until 5a EVERY DAY.

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7. Buzzbrews (Deep Ellum) 2801 Commerce St , Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Don't be confused by the "Buzz" or the "Brews" in their name; BuzzBrews has a full kitchen and bar and is open 24hrs to serve you delicious Tex-Mex to go with your Joe.

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8. Cesar Taqueria 10524 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220 (North Dallas)

Grab some tacos, grab some of their delicious green hot sauce, and settle in -- they're open until 4a on weekends.

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9. Velvet Taco 3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Knox Henderson)

This Henderson spot draws inspiration from across the globe to craft its delicious, if not eccentric, tacos. Marrying homemade tortillas with meat and vegetable fillings like fried paneer, Cuban-style roasted pork, and Creole blackened shrimp, Velvet Taco brings out the best of its Texan heritage by mixing it with other cuisines. Margaritas made with fresh squeezed juices help wash down the juicy tacos, and you can and should finish your meal with a slice of homemade red velvet cake that regulars can't get enough of.

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