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San Diego Guide to Late-Night Dining

After hours spots for folks who've got the "munchies"

Tajima Noodle House

Tajima Noodle House

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  • Tajima Noodle House
  • Brians’ American Eatery
  • Rudford's
  • South Beach Bar & Grille
  • Lucha Libre Taco Shop
  • Jimmy Wong’s Golden Dragon Asian Bistro
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Rudford’sNorth Park
If you’re in need of some classic, all-American grub, go to Rudford’s. Established in 1949, Rudford’s makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Try some good ole’ fashioned ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ biscuits and gravy or a large, sweet stack of pancakes. For something heartier, go for the chicken fried steak. Definitely not the place to start your skinny-diet, Rudford’s is where you go to find that perfect, alcohol-soaking-up kind of food. 2900 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 282-8423 Open: 24 Hours 

Tajima Noodle House
Kearney Mesa 
Noodles and spice, oh my! Tajima Noodle House has a mass amount of ramen choices and the best part is, you can customize your bowl to your exact preference! Choose your noodle (either thin or fat) your soup flavor, and your favorite topping, like BBQ pork, boiled egg or even tofu, and voila! A meal that is all your own. A variety of other Japanese specialties like soba noodles, sashimi salad, okonomiyaki and chicken katsu curry can also be found on their menu at wallet-friendly prices. 4681 Convoy St. Ste. 1 San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 576-7144 Open Until: 3 a.m. Thu-Sat.
Chinese food plus late night hours, plus reasonable prices, equals a good time. In the mood for some Kung Pao chicken? They’ve got that. Hot and sour soup? They’ve got that. Honey walnut shrimp? Yup, they’ve got that too. This modest location is located in the heart of Hillcrest (seriously, blink, and you’ll miss it) and it serves up some of the best Chinese food in town. There’s a take-out option for those who don’t wish to dine-in and the best part about them…they validate parking! 3871 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 291-9449 Open Until: 2:30 a.m. Every Day.
Brian’s 24Downtown 
If chicken n’ waffles is what you desire, then Brian’s 24 is what you seek. A large waffle combined with battered, boneless fried chicken is one of Brian’s most popular plates. Not to be confused with Brian’s American Eatery (completely different owners) this dining spot is located smack dab in the middle of the Gaslamp area. It’s also one of the few (if not only) sit-down restaurants in downtown that’s open 24 hours a day. If you’re here earlier in the night and would like to get your drink on, they’ve go that too. Try a $1 pickle back, or a Meximosa made with La Pinta pomegranate tequila and sparkling wine.
828 6th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 702-8410  Open: 24 Hours.
Hands down, best fish tacos, ever. The food spot that’s already known for its incredible fried and grilled fish tacos is also open late on weekends. It doubles as a raucous bar, so if you’re in OB and are craving some salty delicious fish with some drinks, this is the place to go. South Beach Bar and Grille opened in 1992 and has been pleasing taco-eaters ever since. Located just steps from the beach at the end of Newport Avenue, this place gets packed. So if the munchies are hitting you hard, get there as soon as you can. 
5059 Newport Ave. Ste. 104, San Diego, CA 92107 (619) 226-4577 Open Until: 2 a.m. Fri-Sat.