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The 11 best spots for late-night eats in Houston

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

After a night out on the town making questionable decisions, sometimes the only way to right yourself is with a serious payload of calories and cholesterol. From po’ boys to booze-soaking cheese enchiladas, here are the 11 best spots to do so (besides Whataburger, because that’s clearly a given):

BB's Cafe

Montrose
Hours: Open 'til 3am
This Cajun eatery’s grub is fantastic EVEN when you’re sober, so just imagine how it tastes after some beverages. Get a fully dressed po’ boy and an order of the good-as-hell Tex-Cajun Virgin fries. The poutine-like creation – in which a mountain of shoestring fries gets smothered in chile con queso, gravy, and roast beef – is basically what would happen if the Canadian dish went to NOLA for Mardi Gras, realized the food was way better, and never came back. Also, exciting news: they're soon going to be a 24/7 operation!

Mai's Restaurant

Mai’s Restaurant

Midtown
Hours: Mon – Thurs 'til 3am; Fri – Sat 'til 4am
Expect a fully-packed house right around last call every weekend, because nothing soaks up booze like late-night Vietnamese grub. Start with an order of salt and pepper fried chicken wings or crepe-like bánh xèo before diving into the beefy bo luc lac – a stir-fried filet mignon number that’s equal parts sweet, sour, spicy, and delicious.

El Rey Cuban & Mexican Cuisine

El Rey

Multiple locations
Hours: Thurs – Sat 'til 3am; Mon – Wed 'til midnight (+ Sun 'til 10pm)
See that line that’s wrapping around the corner of the street? Good. Now get on it, take a few selfies to bide the time, and once you get to the front, go absolutely nuts on tacos loaded with things like carnitas, grilled fish, shredded beef, and plantains. Or you know what? Screw it – get a full rotisserie chicken with black beans, Spanish rice, and a side of chips & guac. Goodnight!

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Katz’s Deli

Montrose
Hours: 24/7
Because if you can get matzo ball soup, man-sized Reubens, and chocolate egg creams at 4am, YOU DO.

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House of Pies

Upper Kirby
Hours: Open 24/7
Insomniacs flock to this late-night staple that slings classic diner foodstuffs EVERY hour of EVERY day. Get omelets, greasy burgers, and chicken fried steaks, and finish off with a slice of Bayou Goo – that’s a pecan-crusted cream cheese, chocolate, and vanilla custard pie that is way more delicious than its name makes it out to be.

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Pho Binh By Night

Alief
Hours: Fri & Sat 'til 3am; Weekdays 'til midnight
This Vietnamese noodle shop has bone marrow pho. BONE MARROW PHO! Nothing else needs to be said.

Little Bigs (Houston)

Little Big’s

Montrose
Hours: Fri & Sat 'til 3am; Sun – Wed 'til 10pm; Thurs 'til 11pm
These slider pros are now in a new, bigger location – don’t worry, it’s just a bit further down Montrose – so you can still head here to stuff your face with as many Sriracha mayo-loaded beef, pulled pork, chicken, and chili-cheese-smothered hot dog sliders as you want. The calories totally don’t count because they’re so small.

Pi Pizza Truck

Pi Pizza Truck

Multiple locations
Hours: Sat 'til 3am  
Night owls worship this pizza truck – which slings out pies topped with delicious things like soppressata, venison sausage, mac 'n cheese, and Fritos (no, not all at once – though if you really wanted them to...). The guys have slowed down the after hours while they finalize a new brick & mortar spot, but expect late-night delivery to start up again soon.

Andy's Home Cafe

Andy’s Home Cafe

Heights 
Hours: 24/7
This no-frills cafe is night owl central, because not only is it open 24/7, but it's also been dishing out some seriously tasty (and cheap) Tex Mex since 1977. Get chile-gravy-smothered cheese enchiladas, and add an endless cup of Joe if you need to pull an all-nighter because it's 5am and you have work in two hours.

Les Givral's Kahve

Les Givral's Kahve

Washington
Hours: Fri & Sat 'til 3am; Sun 'til 9pm, Mon – Thurs 'til midnight
When is after-partying with a cheap and delicious pork meatball bánh mì and a giant bowl of pho not a good idea? Hint: the answer is never.

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Fu Fu Café

Chinatown
Hours: Fri – Sun 'til 3am; Mon – Thurs 'til 2am
If you haven’t had the dumplings from this late night standby, what the hell have you been doing with your life? Get a few orders – you’ll want to try them steamed, pan-fried, and in “soup” form – then tack on a couple of classic pork and beef dishes, because its late and you’re clearly making great decisions.

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1. BB's Cajun Cafe 2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.

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2. Mai's Restaurant 3403 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

Expect a fully-packed house right around last call every weekend, because nothing soaks up booze like late-night Vietnamese grub. Start with an order of cánh gà chiên (salt and pepper fried chicken wings) or bánh xèo (pork, shrimp, and veggie stuffed crepe) before diving into the beefy bo luc lac – a stir-fried filet mignon number that’s equal parts sweet, sour, spicy, and delicious.

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3. Katz's Deli & Bar 616 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This old-school deli, open 24/7, won't disappoint. If you can get matzo ball soup, man-sized Reubens, and chocolate egg creams at 4am, YOU DO.

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4. House of Pies 3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Insomniacs flock to this late-night staple that slings classic diner foodstuffs EVERY hour of EVERY day. Get omelets, greasy burgers, and chicken fried steaks, and finish off with a slice of Bayou Goo (pecan-crusted cream cheese, chocolate, and vanilla custard pie).

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5. Pho Binh 12148 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072 (Montrose)

You'll find these pho joins dotted all over the city, but this location near Westchase is the only one open late, specifically until 3am on Friday and Saturday (the perfect landing spot after a bar crawl). The menu's full of standard pho options, but you won't even need to look at it, for there are only three little words that need be said here. Bone. Marrow. Pho. The flavorful broth and noodle soak the flavor of the baked bone marrow right up, and the Vietnamese spice gives it an edge you don't normally get in a pho bowl.

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6. Little Bigs 2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Head here to stuff your face with as many Sriracha mayo-loaded beef, pulled pork, chicken, and chili-cheese-smothered hot dog sliders as you can. The calories totally don’t count because they’re so small.

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7. Andy's Home Cafe 1115 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77009 (The Greater Heights)

This no-frills cafe is night owl central. Not only is it open 24/7, but it's also been dishing out some seriously tasty (and cheap) Tex-Mex since 1977. Get chile-gravy-smothered cheese enchiladas, and add an endless cup of Joe if you need to pull an all-nighter.

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8. Les Givral's Kahve 4601 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

This vietnamese spot is open till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. When is after-partying with a cheap and delicious pork meatball bánh mì and a giant bowl of pho not a good idea? Hint: the answer is never.

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9. Fu Fu Café 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

If you haven’t had the dumplings from this late night standby, what the hell have you been doing with your life? Get a few orders – you’ll want to try them steamed, pan-fried, and in “soup” form.

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