First, let’s go ahead and get one thing out in the open: Waffle House is great. Really. Come late at night, nothing quite satiates hunger pangs like that order of hash browns, scattered, covered and smothered . . . except for those instances when you’d prefer something a little more unexpected.
Sapelo Island clams at Holeman & Finch in Atlanta — Photo courtesy of Holeman & Finch Public House
This double-decker Midtown restaurant has made a name for itself, with its innovative cocktails and its steady, contemporary cuisine served at pleasantly affordable rates. (Monday nights, you can snag a prix-fixe dinner for $20.)
They’re the word-of-mouth type of spot that’s always buzzing with beautiful, in-the-know Atlantans sipping candy-colored cocktails and devouring the city's best tuna tartare. Owned by the same folks as hipster mainstays The Lawrence and The Sound Table, expect incredible food served into the wee hours - 1 a.m. on week nights, 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.
What does this mean for you? Savory plates like pappardelle pasta with duck confit, spinach, mushrooms and brown butter; pork belly with kale and peppers; tofu with bok choy, cabbage and green curry. You know. Real, good food.
This East Atlanta late-night hub has long been regarded as the place to go if you work in Atlanta’s kitchens or are a devout fan of the scene. Helmed by chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le, the foodie haunt doesn’t open its doors until 10:30 p.m. and serves until 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. So if you’re hungry late on any given day, there’s a good chance they’re open.
Primarily serving small plates, it’s a good place to bring a crowd . . . because you’ll want to order everything. The seafood-heavy menu changes daily and is far-ranging in terms of flavor and cuisine. In other words, if your post-club hopping escapade warrants a greasy burger or a quesadilla, look elsewhere. Typical menu items boast fresh, local ingredients and may include everything from sea urchins and fried rabbit legs to sushi and raw oysters.
Holeman & Finch Public House
Let’s say you’re walking out of a concert at 10 p.m. and you could really use a small savory snack - something to reinvigorate the dwindling conversation between you and your date. If offal like sweetbreads, brains or potted meats are in order, look no further than Holeman & Finch.
This intimate restaurant serves “parts” like the aforementioned and a slew of small bites, select cheeses, cured meats and plates until midnight Monday through Saturday. (The restaurant closes at 3 p.m on Sunday.) The place is small, so it's better tailored to groups of two or three. It gets especially crowded earlier in the night, when visitors vie for the restaurant’s famous double-stack cheeseburgers. Only 24 are made each night, and they're served promptly at 10 p.m.