After Dark Feasting To Satisfy Midnight Cravings

January 12, 2024
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Late-night food is the best. Metro Detroit is packed with options for us foodies, but not everywhere stays open for late diners. Whether you’re out for the evening, working late, need a study break, or just have a late-night craving, knowing which spots are open late is key. For night owls and food enthusiasts alike, having a variety of places to choose from is imperative when you’re looking for a late-night meal. These spots have you covered for when those late-night meals are needed. 


488 Selden Street, Detroit

Honest John’s is a great late-night spot, as it is open daily until 2 a.m. Here, breakfast is served all day and there is a dedicated Night Owl menu. Whether you want your night to end with French toast, a chicken biscuit, patty melt, or a hot corned beef, Honest John’s has you covered. You can pick up a pound or two of chicken wings, fish and chips, or a pulled pork sandwich with half a pound of pulled pork, coleslaw, and sweet and spicy pickles, all with a delicious whiskey barbecue sauce. 

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124 Cadillac Square, Detroit

Checker Bar is open until 1 a.m. throughout the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends. “No matter who you are, our goal is to be your comfortable downtown spot…Whether it’s date night or you’re on your way home from a concert or game – we’ll be waiting to make you the perfect cheeseburger or a wonderfully messy Detroit-style pizza,” shares Linda Fisher, Checker Bar General Manager. “We promise great service, perfect bar food, your favorite vintage video game PLUS a terrible joke of the week. Our staff is as colorful and diverse as the graffiti-covered walls, so your experience will be too.” You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here, and the row of arcade games is certainly a plus at Checker Bar

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18666 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms

For the night owls on the Eastside, the Irish Coffee Bar and Grill is open until 2 a.m. daily. Customers know this iconic spot as it has earned its stripes having been around for over 30 years. While the grill isn’t open as late (11 Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday), you can still come later in the evening to grab a bite and a drink or two. Start off with some hand-breaded onion rings or mushrooms, then order up a burger or grilled cheese Philly, and enjoy your evening. You can also get sloppy Joes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or tuna melts on Fridays and Saturdays. This casual atmosphere will have you feeling right at home. 


300 South Ashley Street, Ann Arbor

Fleetwood Diner is open 24 hours, perfect for after a night of partying or bar hopping. From the smell of the corned beef or bacon sizzling on the grill to the homey vibes when you walk in the door, you know the food will be good. The Hippie Hash is what the Fleetwood Diner is known for, with homemade hash browns topped with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, mushroom, and broccoli topped with feta, and comes in a few different varieties. While you’re there, also check out the 1/3 lb. burgers and patty melts, breakfast classics, and specialty sandwiches. 


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

This classic wing hot spot is open until 2 a.m. daily at all of its locations. With a reputation for delicious food and great vibes for over thirty years, Sweetwater Tavern is a late-night essential. Whether you’re looking for ribs, steak bites, or award-winning wings, Sweetwater has you covered. Pair anything with a side of mac and cheese (we cover more mac and cheese spots here), or make a meal out of the variety of appetizers available, like grilled shrimp, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and more. 


618 Church Street, Ann Arbor

If you’re looking for a late-night pizzeria with a comfortable atmosphere and scrumptious food, Pizza House is the place for you. Open until 4 a.m., Pizza House is a great spot to watch a game, order a few drinks, and get delicious pizza. Start off with some bread stix, which are brushed with garlic butter, or oven-baked garlic bread. As for pizza, you get super thin crust all the way to Chicago deep dish. There are a plethora of specialty pizzas, like Southwestern BBQ, Philly cheese steak, and spicy Mediterranean, or you can build your own with an extensive toppings list. Either way, those late-night pizza cravings are covered at Pizza House. 

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on December 12, 2018, and was authored by Karen Dybis.