Houston has a variety of activities and events that go on daily, throughout the year. There is also a rich night life with bars, dance clubs and live music venues across the city. When I go out I often eat early in the evening then do whatever it was that I had planned. Near the end of the night if I get hungry, there are some stand by’s that are perfect for late night dining in Houston. Of course, Denny’s, International House of Pancakes, Whataburger, Taco Cabana and Jack in the Box are always available but if you want something a little different or a little nicer, there are plenty of choices. So, if you find yourself in need of a Houston 24/7 restaurant, try one of my favorites:
“Katz’s never kloses” is the motto for Katz’s Deli and Bar located at 616 Westheimer has been a Houston staple since 1979. This is a traditional New York style deli located in the heart of Houston. They have a huge menu with a variety of selections from soups, sandwiches, hot meals, breakfasts and desserts. I have never had a bad experience at Katz’s. The food is excellent and the service is great. If you go to Katz’s after 2 am also, you are sure to have ample people watching opportunities. One of my favorites is the Nosh Basket, an appetizer sampler that has fried potato pancake strips, firedog wedges, zucchini and cheese balls. I love their sandwiches but be warned, you need to bring your appetite. I have enjoyed their Reuben, grilled salmon, pastrami and French dip. I can not resist their strawberry cheesecake shake whenever I am in the area. This is a slice of cheesecake blended into a shake. My favorite is strawberry but it is also available in chocolate and vanilla. Katz’s is perfect late night dining.
Spanish Flowers at 4701 North Main is open 24 hours and has been since 1979. They are a two time winner of Marvin Zindler’s Blue Ribbon Award for cleanest kitchen and were voted “Best Nachos” by the Houston Press, “Best Late Night Dining” by CitiSearch.com and “Best 24 Hour Restaurant” by H. Texas Magazine. I concur. Spanish Flowers is great regardless of the time but when looking for quality Mexican food at 3:00 am, there is no better place. I really like their nachos, enchiladas, fajitas and mole. If you are in the mood for breakfast food, their chilaquiles are great.
Chapultapec at 813 Richmond is another of my favorite late night spots. Not only can you get great Mexican food but you can get it on a budget. This is an ultra-casual eatery and my favorite part of this place is their salsa. I will actually make a special trip there when I want a margarita, chips and salsa but for late night dining, this is a great place. I enjoy their enchiladas and breakfast foods but I also surprisingly enjoy their seafood. If you are there before 2 am, try a drink. They are known for their tequila drinks and margaritas. You can drink really inexpensively too which makes this a great before and after place. Go there before to start drinking and after to nurse your hangover.
I have eaten some meals at House of Pies located at 6142 Westheimer and 3112 Kirby. They are open 24 hours and have good diner food. I have had a few of their breakfast meals which are really good and their fish and chips are good as well. But without detracting from their mainstay food items, the reason to go to House of Pies is, not surprisingly, their pies. If you have a sweet tooth at 3:00 am, or any other time for that matter, House of Pies can not be beaten. They have a variety of staples and special pies made fresh daily. I can not adequately give a favorite because it is always changing. I try to sample a variety every time I go but their carrot cake, blueberry pie and bayou goo (A pecan crust with a layer of sweet cream cheese,then a layer of vanilla custard swirled with chocolate chunks and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings) call to me pretty frequently.
Some of the other available 24/7 Houston restaurants I have been to include West Gray Café, Dot Coffee Shop, Chachos, One’s a Meal and Steak and Shake. If you are out and about in Houston and want some great food along with a great atmosphere, choose one of the many 24/7 Houston eateries available.