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10 Best Late-Night Eats in Phoenix



Phoenix may not be New York or Los Angeles when it comes to late night lounges and open all night diners. But the Valley of the Sun isn't a slouch when it comes to good late night dining, either.

Another good option for late night eats around central Phoenix is FEZ, a favorite foodie hangout that dishes out fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 

For gourmet Southwestern fare, stop by at Dick's Hideaway, a rustic yet upscale restaurant that serves dinner until 11 pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Just try and resist the smell of slow-roasted pork that wafts through the dining room at all hours.

Craving pizza? Head toward downtown to the artsy Grand Avenue Pizza Company. You can pick up pizza by the slice or pie. The restaurant often features unique specialty pies like Mac 'n Cheese and Green Chile that are worth trying. 

 For a gourmet burger or sushi, don't miss Delux. This gourmet burger grill specializes in burgers made using fresh Niman Ranch beef. You'll also find excellent specialty salads, sandwiches and sushi. 


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This hip Phoenix coffee shop is situated in a Roosevelt St shop decorated with original art and furnished with plush chairs and benches. The atmosphere is bohemian yet unpretentious, and the coffee bar is tops. Try the street crepes menu, featuring both sweet and savory crepes. There are also burritos, biscuits & gravy and other comfort food favorites. Vegan and custom vegetarian options are also available. Plan ahead and attend one of the popular "Beat-n-Brunch" events, which feature live music, full brunch menu, and a fun patio atmosphere. No stuffy brunch here! Jobot is open 24 hours on the weekend, making a dependable spot for late-night noshing.




Nogales Hot Dogs is a late-night Mexican hot dog stand at the corner of 20th Street and Indian School Road. The hot dog stand has helped blaze the trail for Sonoran hot dogs in the Valley of the Sun. These Southwestern specialties are not your normal, run-of-the-mill hot dogs. They come wrapped in bacon and are topped with savory beans, tomato, onion and a squirt of mayo, served on a hot bolillo roll. This is a popular food truck operation that sets up like clockwork at 7 pm and stays open until after midnight. This is a favorite late night stop for foodies looking for late night eats.




What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes burgers, buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, and side dishes. The menu also features a supper menu that includes a market salad, New Orleans-style red beans and rice, and vegan po-boys. The drink menu includes Mexican Coca Cola, rotating draft beers, and a small selection of cocktails and wine. Side orders include unique dishes like smoked spring union slaw and poutine, fries with cheddar and gravy.


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This small, cozy bistro means serious business when it comes to good food. The kitchen at Carly's Bistro may be small, but the menu impresses with its dedication to locally-sourced ingredients and freshly made panini sandwiches, wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads. The appetizer menu at Carly's is excellent. Start with the brie cheese wedge, or the cheese and fruit plate. From the panini menu, the Cuban, made with thinly sliced ham, turkey, & swiss with grainy mustard and pickles on ciabatta, is always a good choice. Carly's also has a large wine and craft beer menu, and a popular brunch on the weekends.


The Vig


The Vig is a popular local restaurant and tavern known for its hip crowd, sleek decor and laid-back patio. Unique yet unpretentious, the menu dishes up deluxe American comfort food. From the burger menu try the Vigazz Burger made with grilled beef with bacon, smoked gouda, tomato, arugula, grilled red onion, spicy mayo and mustard on a toasted bun. Adventurous foodies take note: The Vig's special dishes menu includes unique plates such as the Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake, sliced carne asada on a potato pancake served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cotija cheese and tomato-garlic sauce. An extensive wine and beer menu have earned The Vig a reputation for one of the city's best happy hours. Two locations.




Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into a pastry pocket. The pasty gets a twist at the Cornish Pasty Company, where diners can choose from an extensive menu of signature, premium, and vegetarian pasties. Try the Oggie, the traditional Cornish pasty made with steak, potatoes, onion, rutabaga, and served with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. Pasty lovers will enjoy exploring the diverse menu, which also features Mexican, Italian, Greek, and Indian variations on this English classic. The large veggie pasty menu has made this a favorite stopping point for vegetarian foodies.




Rustic yet casually upscale, Dick's Hideaway is the kind of place locals take out-of-towners for an authentic taste of traditional Southwest flavors. Lunch, breakfast and dinner is served at this small local gem, where the smell of slow-roasted pork greets the steady stream of diners at all hours of day. The Southwest-inspired botanas (appetizers) menu makes a great starting point . Try the roasted garlic plate, served with roasted peppers and green chiles bubbling over with flavor, or the tomatillo toast, grilled chicken and ham served over toast and smothered in green chile peppers, tomatillo salsa and cheddar cheese. Although you can get great burgers, salads and past at Dick's, the Santa Fe Trail menu is the real star of the show. For a little taste of everything, try the New Mexican Platter, featuring a red chile pork tamale, cheese relleno, chicken burro, rice and beans�all simmered in your choice of green or red sauce. But if you want to eat like a local, try the Carne Adovada, a house favorite featuring smoked pork roast simmered in red chile and served with rice, beans and a tortilla. Not to be missed for a true taste of the southwest.




This ultra-hip, ultra-sleek central Phoenix restaurant is always making an appearance on local restaurant critics' lists of the Valley's best restaurant. The menu features American cuisine infused with the colors, fruits, and spices of the Mediterranean. No combo platters or boring plates here: every culinary creation here, such as the Crisp Pomegranate Chicken, is totally unique to FEZ. FEZ offers daily specials, including a $4 drink of the day. On Mondays, enjoy $6 baja burgers, arroz con pollo and spicy hummus. On Tuesdays, sip on FEZ's delicious $4 martinis. On Wednesday, the specials include $4 draft beers and $6 chicken finger and fry basket.




The Grand Avenue Pizza Company offers gourmet specialty pizza, calzones and sides in the Grand Avenue arts district in downtown Phoenix. The small, counter service pizzeria dishes out pies and slices until 4 am every morning, making it one of the most consistently good places to score late night pizza in Phoenix. Specialty pies include the Animal, a meat-centric pie with spicy sausage and smoked bacon and a creamy white sauce. For vegetarians, the Greek-style Zorba comes loaded with kalamata olives, spinach, roasted red bell peppers, fresh garlic, basil, red onion, mozzarella and feta. The pizzeria frequently offers daily specials, as well.




Delux is a favorite of local late-night foodies in Phoenix. The restaurant specializes in gourmet burgers made using all-natural Niman Ranch beef, but you'll also find specialty sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Popular sides include French and sweet potato fries. A newer addition is the sushi menu, which includes classic rolls, along with house specialties like the Lollipop Delux Roll, made with fresh tuna, yellowtail salmon and crab mix wrapped in cucumber. For dessert, try one of the popular Haagen-Dazs-based malts and shakes, or choose from the selection of pies and cookies. Delux is open every night until 2 a.m.


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