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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