Looking to grab some late night grub? Atlanta has no shortage of late night and 24 hour restaurants to keep you full and happy, without hitting up the drive through. From diners to delicacies, find out where to go when that late night craving hits.
If you don't know about Waffle House, you must not be from these parts. This 24-hour restaurants is a late night favorite. While most people stick to the breakfast menu (don't miss the killer hash browns personalized with toppings of your choosing), they do offer non-breakfast items as well. A personal late night favorite? The patty melt (still send that side of hash browns, of course). You'll find Waffle House locations all over the metro area.
Perhaps the polar opposite of Waffle House, Octopus Bar is serving up chef driven eats to East Atlanta - and a steady industry crowd - from 10:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. most nights (closed Sundays and Mondays). The small spot, located off of So Ba, serves a rotating menu of fun, but fancy, food. Enjoy small plates like Siberian Sturgeon Caviar with Creme Fraiche, or opt for family style dishes like a 30 oz Cast Iron Pork Chop.
Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand slings all kinds of tasty chicken delights. Open daily, they extend their hours on the weekends to feed a hungry late night crowd with 24-hour offerings (24hrs from Fri 7 a.m. – Sun 10 p.m.). Included on the menu are Slingers (like chicken sausage hot dogs topped with lots of yummy stuff), Sliders, Sides, and a few breakfast items. Another great thing? All the items ring in for under $10. Note, Delia's has limited indoor seating but they have picnic tables outside, and it's great to-go!
R. Thomas is an Atlanta institution, located on Peachtree Street between Midtown and Buckhead. This restaurant is full of kooky decor and aims to serve up healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods. Like most late night spots, they offer a 24-hour breakfast menu (the French Toast is a popular favorite). There is also a full menu of other options, from pasta to southwestern fare and everything in between.
When a late night craving hits in the 'burbs, there's no place like the Marietta Diner, located near the famous Big Chicken. This classic Greek diner has a typical massive menu, offering a mind-boggling amount of options. You'll stand in awe of their rotating cake display, and don't miss the Spinach Pie.
Buford Highway is home to El Rey Del Taco, a foodie favorite for authentic street style tacos. While this spot is not open 24 hours, it is open 10 a.m. - 5 a.m. most days, and extends until 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. My friends, there is no reason to eat a taco between 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., so this should be sufficient for your late night cravings! Branch out beyond the usual chicken and beef with tacos a bit more exotic. Don't worry, they have all the normal offerings too.