The LA Late-Night Delivery GuideIt’s late and you’re hungry - don’t worry, you can still get some pad Thai.
It’s 10:00pm. You’re hungry, and you don’t feel like heating up that bag of Trader Joe’s dumplings that’s been in your fridge since 2017 (seriously, just throw it out already). But you don’t have to drive somewhere - or even put on pants, for that matter - to eat something good tonight. Just order delivery instead. This guide has everything from spicy bossam and excellent tacos to some of LA’s best pizza, all available for delivery until at least 10pm - and (well) beyond.
This one’s a doubleheader - not only is the patio at this iconic Koreatown restaurant open until 2am, but their takeout/delivery menu is available 24/7. That means no matter what time of day it is - early morning, lunch, right after your second dinner, etc. - you can have BCD Tofu House’s extensive menu of Korean staples like soon tofu, bulgogi combo rice plates, and bibimbap at your fingertips. Have we placed an order here at 3am? Yes we have, and we’d do it again.
We probably don’t need to explain Canter’s to you, but for the uninitiated - this is one of LA’s most iconic delicatessens. Which is saying a lot, considering the competition. Although their dining room is closed for the time being, you can still order everything from this classic spot on Fairfax Ave. to-go 24 hours a day. Although, by “everything,” we do mean “Get the corned beef Reuben, or else.”
If you’ve been missing Sun Nong Dan’s tableside pyrotechnics show during quarantine, we have some good news for you: The legendary Korean restaurant has reopened for both outdoor dining and takeout and delivery - 24 hours a day. The menu here is full of excellent Korean dishes like oxtail soup and braised short ribs, but who are we kidding? Get the galbi jjim - it’s a huge, bubbling plate of rice cakes, vegetables, spicy sauce, and massive chunks of short ribs - that comes with a free tableside blowtorching when ordered with cheese.
It’s 11pm, you haven’t eaten all day, and the Arby’s on Sunset has been closed for over an hour. What are you going to do? Order from Fred 62. This Los Feliz diner has everything you need for a late-night snack/meal, like peanut butter malt shakes, baskets of fries larger than your head, and the exquisite, cheese-stuffed creation known as the Juicy Lucy. They’re also open for dine-in and delivery until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
It’s been a big year for the vegan fast food chain - now with three locations throughout LA (hello, shiny new outpost on 3rd St.) and one in Riverside, you’re never too far from one of Monty’s 100% plant-based burgers. Plus, all three LA locations are open until 1am Thursday-Saturday, which gives you even more time to order some of the best Impossible patties in Los Angeles, crispy shoestring fries, super-thicc vegan milkshakes, and like, really cool merch.
Thai Town’s all-night spot Crispy Pork Gang is open during quarantine at every hour you could reasonably want to eat. Your order here should involve the namesake crispy pork, either with basil leaves, in the Gang Noodle (shrimp, pork, and broiled egg over noodles), or in the che po (roasted duck, BBQ pork, and crispy pork over rice). If you want something sweet, order the fried banana, too.
There’s a good chance that whatever kind of craving you’re having late at night, it involves something fried. Fortunately, most things at Dave’s Hot Chicken are fried, and they’re all pretty damn good, too. Just about every location is open until 12am on weekends (and 11pm during the week), making hot chicken that’s (almost) as good as any you’ll find in town. Get some cheese fries to balance out the spice of the tender/slider combo platter you’re going to be ordering.
When Hollywood vegan/Southern spot Doomie’s opens at 9am on Fridays, they don’t close again until Sunday night. During the week, they’re open from 11am-12am (the next day, of course). So whether you’re craving a vegan chicken parm at 6pm for dinner, or a drunk order of chili mac at ten hours later, they’ll be there for you. They’ve also got an attached vegan Mexican spot (Doomie’s Next Mex) that’s open until midnight (1am Thursday-Sunday), too.
Garage Pizza is an extremely reliable Eastside late-night destination. And this NY-style spot isn’t going to let you down during quarantine, either. They’re open for pick-up until 3:30am on weekends (and offer delivery until 1:30am seven days a week), and making massive, thin crust pies. The pepperoni is our favorite here - it’s appropriately greasy, which is ideal for putting you straight to bed late at night.
A classic Mexican spot in Venice, La Cabaña is open until 11pm nightly for takeout and delivery. They’ve got everything we love about the restaurant for delivery (except the mariachi band that plays on the roof). That means chiles rellenos, $12 double margaritas, and tiny churro bites with chocolate sauce. Put some Pedro Infante on, close your eyes, and you’ll believe you’re out on their back patio.
Luv2Eat is one of our favorite places to order from regardless of the time of day. So it’s just a bonus that they take delivery and pick-up orders for their tremendous Thai food until 10pm. All of the food is great for delivery, whether it’s the spicy, crab-heavy Phuket-style curry, or the jade noodles with roast pork, crispy pork, and duck, or the dried shrimp-laden tum thai. Whatever you order for yourself, add an order of the moo-ping (chicken skewers) to split.
Santa Monica’s Massilia is a good French, Italian, and Mediterranean spot near the Promenade. They’ve got you covered for a late dinner, serving their pasta- and vegetable-heavy menu nightly until 2am Thursday-Saturday. Their menu changes pretty regularly, but you should definitely get the tagliatelle with morel mushrooms if you see it. Same goes for the Moroccan couscous with chicken and merguez sausage.
You’re not craving a full meal this late at night - just the last part of it. So order from Milk Bar, the NYC-transplant on Melrose in Weho, serving desserts until 11pm nightly. If you’ve been before, you know what you like, but if you haven’t, get the $16 OGs combo - it’s a slice of caramel-y Milk Bar pie, some B’Day Truffles, and a Compost Cookie. You won’t regret it.
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Koreatown meat specialist Mister Bossam is open until 11pm nightly, serving exactly the kind of spicy food we want when we’ve already been drinking for four hours. And, despite what their name suggests, your order here isn’t actually the bossam. It’s the LA Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs - which is not, in fact, a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a massive platter of spicy ribs with gochujang, fried rice, cheese, corn, and steamed egg. It’s one of the messier dishes around, so you’ll be glad to be eating it at home.
Silverlake Ramen has expanded to a bunch of locations, but the original on Sunset in Silver Lake is an excellent Eastside staple for late night. Your order here should be The Blaze with pork, a spicy tonkotsu with deeply flavored broth that’s creamy, spicy, and exactly what you want after an extremely long day (and maybe a long night, too). They’re open for pick-up and delivery until 10pm nightly.
Tacos 1986 exploded onto the LA taco scene with a Koreatown stand early last year - now, they’ve got brick-and-mortar locations all across the city. And the Downtown LA location is open for pick-up and delivery until midnight every night of the week. Nearly everything on the menu - our favorites are the asada tacos and the adobada mulitas -comes with guacamole (which is a good thing), but get an extra order on the side.
Another good ramen spot that’s open late, Tatsu cranks out tonkotsu-style ramen on Sawtelle until 11pm every day. Their Bold Ramen is what most people order here, and what you should, too - it’s their 11-ingredient broth, with a soft-boiled seasoned egg and some pork, and it’s tremendous. Get it as spicy as you think you can handle - the hotter, the better.