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Late Night Dining in Washington, D.C.
Top off a night of barhopping with a stop at one of these delicious late-night haunts.
Amsterdam Falafelshop. The menu at Amsterdam Falafelshop might consist of only three items—falafels in pita, Dutch-style french fries, and brownies—but you can choose from nearly 20 different garnishes and a variety of dipping sauces. This is late-night eating at its best, but it's good for a daytime snack, too. 2425 18th St. NW, Adams-Morgan, Washington, DC, 20009. 202/234–1969. www.falafelshop.com. Woodley Park/Zoo, Adams Morgan.
El Tamarindo. As the bars clear out after last call, make your way off crowded and chaotic 18th Street and into this pleasantly low-key spot for cheap, heaping portions of TexMex and Salvadoran cuisine. You can enjoy a full sit-down meal at 3 am, including quesadillas, enchiladas, and Salvadoran-style pupusas (tortillas stuffed with cheese and other fillings). 1785 Florida Ave. NW, Adams-Morgan, Washington, DC, 20009. 202/238–3660. www.eltamarindodc.com. Dupont Circle.
Annie's Paramount Steak House. A popular gay hangout also attracts a diverse neighborhood crowd. Anyone who craves steak and eggs in the middle of the night will appreciate this reliable and relatively cheap steak house, open all night on Friday and Saturday. 1609 17th St. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20009. 202/232–0395. Dupont Circle.
Julia's Empanadas. "Every country has one," says the motto, and the empanadas here—a delicious fried dough exterior stuffed with your choice of Chilean-style beef, Jamaican-style turkey, veggies, or chorizo—might be the best late-night treat around. The hot, spicy goodness can fuel the ardent partier for hours to go. 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20036. 202/861-8828. www.juliasempanadas.com. Dupont Circle.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords. It's not only the literati who flock to the charming, independent bookstore, bar, and café for a book and brew. This popular after-hours spot also attracts hip, young Washingtonians looking for a late-night hangout. Open all night on Friday and Saturday, and into the wee hours other nights, this is the perfect place to wind down after a long night on the town. 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20036. 202/387–3825. www.kramers.com. Dupont Circle.
Bistro Français. The name says it all at this Georgetown late-night stop: expect straightforward French fare, served uuntil 3 am Tuesday through Thursday and until 4 am Friday through Sunday. Many local chefs relax here when they're finished cooking. 3128 M St. NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC, 20007. 202/338–3830. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com. Foggy Bottom.
Five Guys Burger and Fries. After a night on the town, stop for an award-winning ground-beef burger with all the fixings and crispy, twice-fried fries. If you're going to fill up on the free peanuts, make sure to select the "little" burger, which is one patty instead of the usual two. There are now multiple locations in D.C., and the chain is rapidly expanding throughout the nation. 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC, 20007. 202/337–0400. www.fiveguys.com. Foggy Bottom.Updated: 09-2013
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