10 Great Late Nite Eats In Orange County
|Harbor House Cafe|
|Hey, it's a (almost) compliment!|
If our team of Forkers aren't out eating, we're probably burning the midnight oil writing about it. When all that talk makes us hungry again, what's still open? This week's list will answer that inquiry. From 24-hour spots to meat eater destinations, boiling tofu stews and a hookah lounge, we've got the county covered. Our selections are open until at least 1 a.m. on any given day (unless they actually take a day off). So without further ado *yawn*, let's get started in
10. Harbor House Cafe
Beach bum beacon
We begin our list with a duo of eateries along the coastline. Helming the north in Sunset Beach and the south in Dana Point, Harbor House has been feeding hungry masses with their around-the-clock service. Dorm room chic poster-covered walls and street parking await those in Sunset. A perfectly casual vibe, with thick milkshakes and huge brekkie plates whenever you want. Count us in. Open 24/7. 16341 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach, (562) 592-5404 and 34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; www.harborhousecafe.com.
Yes, this steakhouse can fulfill your meat & potato needs beyond the 23rd hour. But our editor-in-chief thinks you should go bananas for the sweet stuff. In his own words:
"This is a Foster of bite, of a sharp rum, sweet and smooth. The cinnamon fought its brown-sugar cousin to a tie; both clumped together under the rum and crystallized into concentrated niblets. The banana slices, meanwhile, were flambéed past the point of caramelization--how many different notes of dark sweetness is it so far? And the vanilla ice cream, while . . . well, vanilla, maintained its integrity despite the heat, leading to a dessert in which all of its angles remained true and not overwhelming one another."
Open until 2 a.m. 118 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, (714) 871-1290; www.stubriks.com.
8. Nubia Cafe
Hookah lounges are attracted to Anaheim (there were at least 10 to choose from when I searched) like I am to bacon. Looking for one with good grub is best done with a co-hort whose been there, done that. Our recommendation is this Little Arabia gem for smoking and feasting. If waterpipes aren't your fancy, grab one of their board/card games and inhale the aromas until your friends are done. Starters should include hummus (with meat), but don't forget an order of the chicken cave-- fried chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella. Whaat? Open til 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1785 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, (714) 999-1199; www.nubiacafe.net.