Since it's home to thousands of night owl college students that rarely eat dinner before midnight, most restaurants in Westwood are open very late. Here are a few you need to know.
Fat Sal's Deli: If there's one thing New Yorkers know how to do well, it's make a good sandwich. So it's no wonder that Fat Sal's is owned and operated by three buddies from NYC, one of whom played Turtle on HBO's Entourage. And with a name like Fat Sal's, the sandwiches are exactly what you'd expect. Take for instance the Fat Jerry, which is basically mozzarella cheese sticks, chicken fingers, bacon, eggs, and a ton of other stuff that'll get your cholesterol rate pumping, all served on an extra wide hero bun. Get it with a side of buffalo chicken fries (no explanation needed) and you won't feel hungry for a week! Fat Sal's is open until 3 a.m. every day.
972 Gayley Ave., 90024; 310-208-5070
Bella Pita: Have you ever noticed that healthy eaters usually eat during the daytime (cue theme to Seinfeld)? Well at Bella Pita you can eat fresh, and cheap, until 2 a.m. They specialize in Mediterranean cuisine, like falafel, hummus, and chicken wowshi, that's made on the spot with fresh, simple ingredients, meaning absolutely zero trans-fats! You can check out Bella Pita's menu by visiting their website.
960 Gayley Ave., 90024; 310-209-1050
The Apple Pan: Whenever there's a list for “L.A.'s Best Burger,” The Apple Pan in Westwood consistently ranks in the Top 5. The place hasn't changed much since opening in 1947. It still has a u-shaped counter, the cooks still wear the same white chef hats from when Eisenhower was President, and every one of their burgers are still wrapped in paper. And just like it was when it first opened, The Apple Pan is still a cash-only establishment.
10801 W. Pico Blvd., 90064; 310-475-3585
Tommy Taco: It may look like a rundown shack, but what else do you expect from a late night taco joint? What Tommy Taco lacks in appearance, however, it makes up for in its sprawling menu. Feel like a cheeseburger? Tommy Taco has got ‘em. How about chili cheese fries? Yep, they serve those too. And as far as Mexican food goes, Tommy Taco doesn't disappoint, specializing in all types of weird and bizarre concoctions. Take for instance, their Frankenstein-style burrito. It's two foot long bacon wrapped hot dogs, covered in chili, cheese, French fries, avocado and sour cream. Not really a burrito, you say? Well, you've probably just never been to college. Tommy Taco is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
970 Gayley Ave., 90024; 310-824-4114
Gushi: UCLA students love Gushi for one reason – there's no place else in Westwood that offers such enormous portions for such a small price. Even if you're not a fan of Korean food, Gushi is still a late night spot you must check out. For under $10, you can get a combo plate of beef, chicken, kimchi rice, and a soda, and still have food left over for lunch (maybe even dinner). One downside is that Gushi does not, I repeat – does not – accept credit cards. But they are open until 11:30 p.m.
978 Gayley Ave., 90024; 310-208-4038
In-N-Out Burger: All college towns should have an In-N-Out. The location in Westwood is open until 1 a.m., and has all the favorites we Angelinos have grown to love, like the double-double, fresh cut French fries, and all natural milkshakes. Of course, frequent In-N-Out customers will know what it means to order a three-by-three, four-by-four, or something called “animal style.” Those are just a few of the options you can get off their “secret menu”, which I guess isn't so secret anymore considering it's now posted on In-N-Out's website. But hey, it's cool to still think it is.
922 Gayley Ave., 90024; 800-786-1000
Enzo's Pizzeria: Looking for an unbelievable late night pizza spot within walking distance from UCLA? Well, let me be the first to say your prayers have been answered. Although it originated in sunny Southern California, Enzo's Pizzeria has mastered the New York style slice, with crust that's thin enough to slide through a door, and a bevy of delicious toppings. Put it this way, when have you ever had spinach and ricotta cheese on a pizza, only to go home and tell all your friends how good it was? At Enzo's, they take pride in their toppings, which is why their options include everything from fresh basil and broccoli, to prosciutto and genoa salami. Try a slice and you too will start to see that there's more to pizza than just sausage and pepperoni. Enzo's is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
10940 Weyburn Ave., 90024; 310-208-3696
800 Degrees: 800 Degrees specializes in Neapolitan pizza, which is quite different from the usual pie Americans have grown to love. The crust comes out paper thin, and the only ingredients used to make it are flour, salt, water and wild yeast. So where does the name come from? Well considering that all their pizzas are baked in wood-burning ovens and take no longer than a minute to cook, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out. 800 Degrees is open until 2 a.m. A PDF of their menu is available for download on their website.
10889 Lindbrook Dr., 90024; 424-239-5010
Fatburger: What’s a college town without a Fatburger? The Westwood location is open until 3 a.m. – perfect a random late night craving. And like all Fatburgers, grease is the word. Whether you go with the small, large, or XXXL triple fatburger (a whopping 2,050 calories!), you’re sure not to be disappointed – especially if you go with a side of their delicious fat fries. If you’re looking to change it up, they also serve chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and (gasp!) fat salad. You’re better off going some place else for that last one, though, seeing that it comes loaded with bacon. Hmm… maybe that’s why it’s called a fat salad, huh?
10955 Kinross Ave., 90024; 310-208-7365