Who hasn't strolled along the Venice Boardwalk at 2 a.m. with a rumbling in their stomach? No one? Maybe that was just me. Still, Venice has plenty of great eateries that are open late into the night. Here are a few you'll need to check out.
Sunny Spot: It's a Caribbean-themed restaurant that's known as much for its double fried jerk chicken, as it is for its famous chef, Roy Choi. He's the same man behind Kogi – one of the top spots for Korean BBQ in the city – meaning you can expect the same level of quality from his newest venture, Sunny Spot. Not a fan of Caribbean-style chicken? The two-fisted cheeseburger comes highly recommended and is only $12. And if you're in the mood for something sweet than you can never go wrong with the fried plantains. Sunny Spot is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.
822 Washington Blvd., 90292; 310-448-8884
Baby Blues: For authentic, southern style barbeque, you can always hop on a flight to Texas. Or you can just drive a few miles west to Baby Blues in Venice. Their menu includes all the classics, like baby back ribs, beef brisket, barbeque chicken, hot links, pulled pork – even tri-tip! Each dinner comes with your choice of a side, including southern favorites like creamed spinach, mashed sweet potatoes and mac n' cheese. Baby Blues is also known for their buttery homemade cornbread, which comes free with every meal.
444 Lincoln Blvd., 90291; 310-396-7675
Benny's Tacos & Rotisserie Chicken: At Benny's they take freshness seriously. Vegetables are delivered to the restaurant each morning at 4 a.m. from local growers, and all their tortillas are made by hand – sound fresh enough for you? The menu includes authentic carne asada tacos, macho wet burritos smothered in salsa and melted cheese, and a lobster and shrimp quesadilla – a customer favorite. Benny's also uses the highest quality
427 Lincoln Blvd., 90291; 310-396-8749
Café 50s: It's probably the only place in Venice where you can get breakfast all day, and milkshakes. Café 50s also has cool, Eisenhower-era memorabilia hanging just about everywhere – meaning you don't have to stare at the menu while you wait for your food. Album sleeves from the likes of Elvis, Little Richard and Chubby Checker line the walls, while most tables come with their own personal jukebox. The food is great, but the milkshakes – butterfinger, brownie, chocolate truffle, and peanut butter and jelly, to name a few – are what really brings the people in late at night. If you're counting your calories, there's also a non-fat vanilla yogurt shake – which is equally as delicious. Café 50s closes at 11 p.m.
838 Lincoln Blvd., 90291; 310-399-1955