Night owls love West Hollywood because even the donut shops are open late. So if it's after midnight and you find yourself west of La Brea with a rumble in your stomach, let LA.com help you satisfy that hunger. Here are some of the best spots for late night food in West Hollywood.
Carney's: Who doesn't love a greasy meal late at night? Since 1975 Carney's has been serving up all types of hot dogs, hamburgers and polish sausages right out of an old Pacific Railroad passenger train on the Sunset Strip. Specialties include a New York style hot dog, which comes with sauerkraut, chili peppers, and grilled onions, and a Chicago-style dog with mustard, relish and onions. And for those feeling a bit adventurous, they even have a hot dog/hamburger hybrid called a burger dog (go figure!) that you'll definitely want to try. Carney's is open until 3 a.m. seven days a week.
8351 W. Sunset Blvd., 90069; 323-654-8300
Greenblatt's Deli: A Los Angeles institution since 1926, Greenblatt's Deli has seen many famous people walk through its doors over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, and Pauly Shore. So what keeps them coming back? How about the fact that for nearly a century, everything from their hot pastrami reuben to their homemade double chocolate fudge cake, has been freshly prepared in their own kitchen. You see, even celebrities crave the simple pleasure of a home-cooked meal every now and again. Greenblatt's is open until 2 a.m., 365 days a year.
8017 W. Sunset Blvd., 90046; 323-656-0606
Jones Hollywood: This little Italian restaurant/bar on the corner of Formosa and Santa Monica, offers a very romantic ambience, with dim lighting and intimate booth seating. So whether or not you're on a date, or just want to hang out and have a few drinks with friends, the friendly staff at Jones is there to accommodate you. As far as food goes, Jones does two things very well – pizza and pasta – and is open until 2 a.m. seven nights a week. Need I say more?
7205 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046; 323-850-1726
Astro Burger No. 4: Just about everything here is made fresh until 4 a.m. But aside from the burgers, which are bigger and juicer than anything you'll find at a drive-thru, Astro Burger is also great for chocolate milkshakes, onion rings, and their famous zucchini fries with ranch dipping sauce. As an added bonus, Astro Burger also has a very friendly staff that is helpful well into the morning hours.
7475 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046; 323-874-8041
LA Buns & Company: Because it's located on a corner next to a car wash, it may not look like much from the outside. But if a quick burger with a side of nachos is what you're after late at night, then you simply can't go wrong with LA Buns & Company. The burgers are made fast, prices are cheap, and the outdoor seating is perfect for people watching. L.A. Buns & Company is open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the weekends.
8787 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069; 310-659-3745
Los Tacos: What if I told you that there was a Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood that cooked all your food – whether it's a steak burrito, cheese enchilada, or chile relleno– right there in front of you, no matter if it was 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.? You'd probably think I was crazy, right? Well, that's just because you've never ventured into Los Tacos on Santa Monica for a late night meal. Sure it's open 24 hours and has a menu that's equal to (if not better than) most of its higher-end counterparts, as far as deliciousness goes. But what really makes Los Tacos great is the self-serve sour cream and salsa bar, which really comes in hand if you're getting your food to go. Just be sure to bring cash.
7954 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046; 323-848-9141
Dan Tana's: From the outside, it looks like nothing more than a small, yellow house with a green awning. But walk in and you'll quickly see that Dan Tana's doesn't need a lot of flash to show people how good it is. With a spare set-up of 17 tables, tuxedoed wait staff, and a menu featuring some of the best steaks in town, Dan Tana's feels like one of those ultra cool establishments that someone like Frank Sinatra used to dine at back in the day. And it's open late! The last seating for dinner is at 12:30 a.m. Reservations are required so be sure to call ahead.
9071 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069; 310-275-9444
Animal: So much about Animal in West Hollywood is unassuming – from it's almost hidden location on Fairfax, to it's rudimentary website that looks like it could have been created by a teenager with a MacBook Pro. But the owners/head chefs at Animal don't need to spend a ton of money on marketing. Because when you're this good, word just tends to get around. The menu is only a page, and changes everyday. But just about everything on it will be your hands down favorite. So how do you choose which is the best? For starters, try the creamy bone marrow with chimichurri sauce and caramelized onions. It's only $10 and will make you an instant believer! Animal is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends.
435 N. Fairfax Ave., 90048; 323-782-9225
Swingers: No it's not named after the movie starring Vince Vaughn. But it does feel like a 50s café straight out Back to the Future once you walk in. Luckily for you though, Swingers is always serving up burgers, tuna sandwiches, omelets, and pretty much everything else that constitutes as “diner food” well into the early morning hours. It's no wonder their menu is bordering novel length. Swingers is also one of the few places in L.A. that serves milkshakes 24 hours a day. Now why isn't every restaurant doing this?
8020 Beverly Blvd., 90048; 323-653-5858
Bossa Nova: Authentic Brazilian food until 4 a.m., seven days a week – how can you not like the sound of that? The menu at Bossa Nova is pretty advanced, meaning you can order everything from chicken fingers and pizza, to Brazilian specialties like Bolinho de Bacalhau, which is basically deep fried cod fish. As an added bonus, they also deliver everything on the menu until close.
7181 W. Sunset Blvd., 90046; 323-436-7999
Norm's: Norm's Restaurant in West Hollywood never closes, and the food is really cheap too. Put it this way, where else in WeHo can you get a filet mignon for $12.49? And if you happen to stroll in for breakfast, than even better. Most of the breakfast items at Norm's include gigantic portions of bacon, eggs, and hash browns – and for less than $8. Norm's also serves lunch, dinner, and a variety of different soups and salads. You can check out their full menu by visiting the website at www.normsrestaurants.com.
470 N. La Cienega Blvd., 90048; 310-657-8333
Coney Dog: It’s the only place on the Sunset Strip where you can get an authentic, Detroit-style hot dog after midnight. Just in case you were wondering, a coney dog consists of an all beef hot dog in its natural casing, topped with beanless chili, diced white onions, and yellow mustard. And that’s it! Try one, and you too will see why Detroiters are some of our nation’s biggest (much love Motor City!). Even if you’re not feeling like a dog (no pun intended), Coney Dog is also serving up chili cheese fries, hamburgers – even spicy “red wings”. Get it? Coney Dog is located right across from the Viper Room, and is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
8873 Sunset Blvd., 90069; 310-854-1172