The restaurant that started it all—and by all, we mean the Pappas empire—opened its doors in 1967 and has rarely closed them since. Open 24/7, Dot serves comfort food made from scratch on site, with all the daily blue plate specials and soups du jour you’d expect in an old-school diner set-up. For breakfast, the Houston omelet comes with all the meat you can handle.
The only days of the week this Chinatown staple isn’t open until 2 a.m. are Fridays and Saturdays—when FuFu Cafe is open until 4 a.m. The green onion pancakes and soup dumplings are ideal for soaking up whatever you’ve been imbibing, while the spicy ma po tofu will sober you up in a second.
This Westchase haunt specializes in two things—Japanese bar food and karaoke—and it offers both until 2 a.m. every day of the week. You don’t have to sing for your supper, but there’s always entertainment in the main karaoke/dining room while you munch on chicken karaage, katsu curry, or tekka don. Private karaoke rooms can be rented, but where’s the fun in that?
As the name would imply, this is the place to get a slice of pie 24 hours a day. Of course, if you’re not there for a slice of Bayou Goo (our favorite, with a pecan crust topped by a layer of sweet cream cheese, vanilla custard, and chocolate chunks), you can also indulge in whipped cream–covered waffles or an open-faced chili cheeseburger.
You know the saying by now: Katz’s never kloses. That means you can get a deli sandwich roughly the same height as the two-story brick building that houses Katz’s on Lower Westheimer, or a cheesecake milkshake (which, yes, contains an entire slice of cheesecake), 24 hours a day. Nothing tastes quite as good after a night on the town as a platter of Katz’s fried pickles.
Mai’s is the grande dame of late-night dining in the Bayou City, the place where many Houstonians tried their first bowl of pho, the spot where Midtown clubgoers have descended for many a decade after a long night of drinking and dancing. In 1990, Mai Nguyen took over the restaurant her parents opened in 1978 and began the process of modernizing the old building, though the heart and soul—the Vietnamese comfort food—has remained intact.
You may not have known you needed a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto pie at 3 a.m., but when that realization hits you, Poppa Burger will be there for you. Open 24/7, 365 days a year (yes, even on Christmas), this family-owned, cash-only food stand has served the Northside for over half a century, turning out burgers, breakfast tacos, and burritos for a hungry crowd that never seems to abate.
This nearly 24-hour joint (it closes at 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights to clean and restock, before opening again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning) is the place to go for your late-night Tex-Mex needs, whether it’s a hearty bowl of menudo for breakfast or a plate of cheese enchiladas for dinner. The $4.95 breakfast special—which varies, but often includes chilaquiles or huevos rancheros—is always a steal, offered from 4 until 10 a.m. daily.
Theo’s, like many of its fans, is a late riser and a night owl, open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. Known as One’s A Meal until 2011, Theo’s still offers the same menu of Greek specialties—like pastitsio and moussaka—that’s made it a Montrose favorite for so many years. And it seems to have retained its colorful, charming servers all these years, too.