Courtesy Travel Channel

There are two basic quests in the hit-or-miss world of late-night urban dining: finding a place that's open (fairly easy), and finding one that's good (harder).

“When you’re hungry at 3 a.m., you’re still allowed to have a discerning palate,” says Mikey Roe, the nocturnal host of Travel Channel’s Feed the Beast (which premieres this month), a show that scours the country for the best after-hours grub. Roe gives us a scrumptious sneak preview of some of his favorite places to chow down in the wee hours.

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Magnolia Cafe
“You can get all the usual comfort-food fare at this hallowed spot — burgers, sandwiches, pastas, Tex-Mex staples. But the most comforting item here is something called ‘Love Migas’ — a savory breakfast scramble cooked in spicy ‘love’ butter.”
Open 24/7,

NEW YORK: Bubby’s
“If you’re in the mood for chicken and waffles or just a mimosa and some great steak ’n’ eggs (we’re talking a quality New York strip), look no further than this all-hours comfort-food haven that’s become renowned for its Midnight Brunch menu.”
Open 24/7 (except on Tuesdays from midnight to 7 a.m.), with Midnight Brunch starting daily at 11 p.m.;

LOS ANGELES: Berri’s Pizza Cafe
“A lot of places in L.A. close surprisingly early. If you’re craving good pizza after midnight, this spot serves a great late-night pie. My favorite is the Chicken Pesto Pizza, which has caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes.”
Open until 3:30 a.m.,