It doesn’t matter if its 4am or 4pm, its always breakfast time at Brian’s 24. They’ve got everything from fried chicken and Belgian waffles, to Baja carne asada omelets and breakfast burgers. Brian’s is right off the lobby of the historic St. James Hotel Downtown, so you can waddle upstairs and find a place to sleep off your food coma after you polish off the Pancake Monster: three fried eggs, five hotcakes, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an 8oz ham steak, and an 8oz country fried steak on a bed of home fries.
Late-night you're always looking for massive portions and good food, and Studio Diner, named for its proximity to San Diego's sole movie/TV studio lot, is there to deliver. They are open 24hrs and serve traditional diner food alongside a dedicated East Coast-style menu that includes crab cakes, clam chowder, and other New England-y seafood treats.
In its current tight quarters since 1954, this Coronado cafe doles out both Mexican and American comfort foods until late, and 24-hours on the weekends (when you need carne asada, you need carne asada). The narrow rust-colored space has just three small tables buttressing one wall, a curved bar lined with stools and maybe a few chairs outside, but the motto isn’t “Not many seats. Just great eats.” for nothing. We’d suggest you air on the Mexican side of the menu (breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, shrimp tacos) but if you go gringo on a Denver omelette, it’ll still satisfy.