Because when you're an intern, you stay out late. And when you stay out late, you get hungry.
A slice of pie at 3 a.m.? Yes, and we're not talking about pizza, either. Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE serves both dessert pies (just imagine what ailments a pie made from Berger Cookies could cure) and savory pies jammed with bratwurst, pork barbecue, chili and more to fortify you for the trip home. 1339 H St. NE. www.dangerouspiesdc.com. Open Monday-Thursday until midnight, Friday-Saturday until 3:30 a.m. and Sunday until 10 p.m.
What's that whiff of marinated beef, potato, onions, curry and pastry? It's coming from the charmingly authentic sanctuary known as Julia's Empanadas. This place is cheap and very, very good for late-night cravings, with empanadas all priced for less than $5. The smell that hooked you was most likely the Jamaican-style empanada. Order two. Adams Morgan, 2452 18th St. NW; Dupont Circle, 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.juliasempanadas.com. Open Monday-Wednesday until midnight, Thursday until 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday until 4 a.m. and Sunday until 8 p.m.
The smell of frying chickpeas should be enough to lure you inside either of Amsterdam Falafelshop's nightlife-friendly locations. The price of a full meal comes to about $10, but with the option of toppings from a buffet-like salad bar, it's worth it. Try the fries with both hummus and the signature curry ketchup. Adams Morgan, 2425 18th St. NW; 14th Street, 1830 14th St. NW. www.falafelshop.com. Open Sunday-Monday until midnight, Tuesday-Wednesday until 2:30 a.m., Thursday until 3 a.m. and Friday-Saturday until 4 a.m.
For tasty late-night grub in a sit-down atmosphere, it's tough to beat the Diner in Adams Morgan. Here, you can order everything from all-day breakfast to specials such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Keep in mind, this isn't the cheapest place for a late-night bite. But when you're taking the first sip of a milkshake (made even better with a dash of Kahlua), you won't be complaining. 2453 18th St. NW. www.dinerdc.com. Open 24 hours.
Unlike a shameful stop at Washington's ubiquitous neon-lit jumbo-slice pizzerias, a late-night visit to one of &pizza's locations isn't something you'll be embarrassed about when you find the receipt in your pocket the next morning. The individual thin-crust pizzas lean gourmet and are made to order, and the toppings are fresh and fun: broccoli florets and basil leaves and fig marsala, oh my! 1118 H St. NE; 1250 U St. NW. www.andpizza.com. Open Sunday-Wednesday until 11 p.m., Thursday until 2 a.m. and Friday-Saturday until 3:30 a.m.