Omelets with a side of hash browns, soup of the day, and bottomless cups of coffee are de rigueur at most 24-hour restaurants. But let’s face it: That’s not fine dining when you’re a stranger in a new town. Nor is it anything to write home about. Check out these 24/7 eateries whose menus don’t shutter.
By Kristine Hansen
Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia has several dining rooms and a seemingly endless pastry case. Tex-Mex breakfast dishes (served all the time) and dinner entrees are plated on Fiestaware and brought out by waitresses in ruffled skirts that match the Mexican flag. A band plays live music beneath a mural of Hispanic heroes (from a local muralist to Frida Kahlo) until 4 a.m. every day. In the adjacent Mariachi Bar, you’ll find framed mariachi suits, glass chandeliers, and red velvet drapes.
218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262, www.miterracafe.com
Restaurant Florent opened in 1985, bringing gourmand to night owls. In the city that never sleeps, ordering duck mousse pate after midnight is almost as romantic as an evening in Paris. Or maybe you’d rather flirt with the boudin noir — French blood sausage with apples and onions. An extensive wine list (40 choices) along with a delectable selection of dessert options, including cheesecake topped with Kahlúa, are also on offer.
69 Gansevoort Street, (212) 989-5779, www.restaurantflorent.com
Three years ago, Cafeteria in New York expanded to Miami Beach, opening in a former Cadillac showroom complete with hip furnishings (egg-shaped cushions and lotsa black leather), and Astroturf and white leather seating outdoors. The menu contains a lot of build-your-own items — from the breakfast sandwich to the burgers and the pizzas — and the dessert menu offers a warm brownie sundae with dulce de leche ice cream. If you long for cafeteria-style food, by all means dig into the meatloaf.
546 Lincoln Road, (305) 672-3663, www.cafeteria247.com
This past March, a local nightclub owner took over an old furniture store and began churning out Southern cuisine around the clock — thus giving Nashville the Paradise Park Trailer Resort. Enjoy the tacky trailer-park decor (black-velvet paintings and a Camaro) as you eat mac and cheese, chili, and corn dogs; for breakfast, there’s the breakfast bowl scrambler: eggs, meat, and cheese on a floor of grits. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to three a.m.
411 Broadway, (615) 251-1515
Of course the United States has food cred. But rarely does a menu showcase it. America, inside the New York–New York casino, serves Texas Onion Blossoms, a New York–style bagel sandwich, potato skins (a nod to Boise, Idaho), a Cobb Salad based on the Brown Derby original (in Hollywood), and more.
3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 740-6451, www.nynyhotelcasino.com
What’s not to like about gourmet doughnuts — especially when they’re named Arnold Palmer (lemon and tea powder) or Triple-Chocolate Penetration (chocolate doughnut, chocolate glaze, and Cocoa Puffs)? Voodoo Doughnut has such a following that weddings have been performed here (it has its own wedding chapel), and the shop has even launched its own underwear line. And on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., there’s live music or theater.
22 SW Third Avenue, (503) 241-4704, www.voodoodoughnut.com