For a substantial late-night treat, fill up at one of these popular neighborhood eateries:
What: Yechon, open 24 hours
Where: 4121 Hummer Road, Annandale, Va.; 703-914-4646.
The Skinny: The 24-hour Korean barbecue joint fills with post-clubbing crowds on the weekends, but locals flock here on weeknights, too. Highlights are the bulgogi (thinly sliced beef) and galbi (beef short ribs) both dripping with a sweet, smoky marinade and grilled right on your table. Every entree comes with banchan, an array of small starters such as kimchi and cold mashed potatoes, pictured.
Note: You can’t really get a small amount of food here, so it’s best to go with a buddy. The dimly lit dining room has a cozy feel that’s inviting for groups looking to share.
What: DC Cafe, open Sun-Thu.: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-4 a.m.
Where: 2035 P St. NW; 202-887-5819. (Dupont Circle)
The Skinny: Mediterranean-style kabobs can be found at DC Cafe. Your best taste bet, though, is a $4 shawarma wrap or a $6 gyro — definitely opt for lamb if you must have meat. The cafe has been in business for more than 20 years, thanks to its high-quality food, says Omar Lamoualem, whose family owns the restaurant. “It’s all fresh. Everything is made from scratch. We don’t precook stuff. We even make our hummus right here.” He adds that the menu features several vegetarian options. “It’s very hard for vegetarians to eat late at night,” he says.
Note: DC Cafe will soon offer delivery every day until midnight for residents within a 10- to 15-block radius.
Written by Express contributor Suemedha Sood