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10 Late-Night Restaurants that UCI Students Are Grubbing At Right Now

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4. Pho Thanh

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While pho houses are gospel in Little Saigon, what makes Pho Thanh stand out among the rest is their 24-hour service. It's clean, it's quiet and your pho is brought out to you within five minutes of ordering, ready to be seasoned and consumed by food-and-sleep-deprived college students. Pho is one OC college trend that, like boba, doesn't seem to be in danger of going out of style. 9625 Bolsa Ave. Westminster, (714) 839-9882.

3. Harbor House Café

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Friendly service that's not too overbearing? Prices that are friendly to our student loan-ravaged wallets? Portions that are enough to last the next day so we don't have to cook? Count us college students in. With just two locations--the closest one to UCI is in Dana Point--Harbor House has stayed original for over 65 years and doesn't show signs of stopping, especially with their diverse menu of burgers, Mexican food and stir fry dishes.

2. In-N-Out Burger

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Every SoCal student's #1 on speed dial. Make it a party and buy over ten burgers for less than $20; that's one deal you can't get anywhere else. Hunt for their secret menu for additional options; my occasional study companion has been the animal-style fries. And best of all? Right across the street from UCI.

1. Albatros


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The Mexican restaurant of all Mexican restaurants, at least for UCI student grub needs. Though this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is located in Lake Forest--a good 20-30-minute drive from Irvine--every time I go in the middle of the night I run into someone from school. It's a popular place to eat after a clubbing event because their portions are enough to fill any drunkie. Who cares that there was a murder in the parking lot some years ago, a fact that every other student seems to bring up? After trying this out, you'll want to be buried with your California burrito.

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12 comments
Catherine Turley
Catherine Turley

i was about to ask if there were any healthy late night spots, but tofu house probably fits the bill.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

I am still curious if all those 24/hr mexican fastfood spots with the same menus are related in any way. They all have similar names and sometimes logos (fat sombrero dude). There are dozens of them, Altertos, Albertos, Alejandros, Adalbertos, Albatros (lol), etc.

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Charlie's Chili back in my day.

phoenixashes33
phoenixashes33

Albatross isn't open late anymore. Thanks to all the idiots and murders. Thanks everyone for ruining my 2am burrito run.

Brennan King
Brennan King

Too bad this is an old story. The #1 selection (Albatros in Lake Forest) isn't open late anymore.

gkubrick1
gkubrick1

according to their website, Roscoe's closes at 8pm. How is that late night?

thom23420031
thom23420031

No way drinking college kids are going to drive to Santa Ana or Sunset Beach or Long Beach in the middle of the night for food.  These places are approx. 10 miles, 15 miles and 25 miles away.

moondoggie71
moondoggie71

Carl's Jr on Culver Drive at Michelson is open 24 hours.  Everything else except In-N-Out requires a car.  This article is bs.

Student
Student

This just confirms what I know.  There are very little options for late night food for people without cars.

Idontknow
Idontknow

" The toasted white bread in condensed milk comes drizzled in condensed milk"... good to know.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

With its 24 hour operation (and Koreatown/Garden Grove reputation), BCD Tofu House at Diamond Jamboree shouldn't need to be as good as it is.  But the fact is, I've never exited the place unsatisfied with the food...nor even the somewhat impersonal, but efficient, service.  The tab is fairly easy to swallow, too.  Not a bad choice at any time of the day when in the mood for tofu stew in sleepy Irvine. 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@gkubrick1  

I will bet you a fried chicken breast & waffle plate that the Long Beach one is open way past 8 p.m. -- at least, on a Friday and Saturday night, when you can surely expect to wait for a table anytime after the sun goes down.  It's pretty busy late at night, esp. with those who've ingested some alcohol beforehand.  


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