LA’s Late Night Dining

By Jake Kolpas

While LA doesn’t quite hold the reputation of being a “24-hour city,” there are plenty of late-night dining gems all around town, such as:

Fat Sal’s (Westwood)
972 Gayley Avenue
Open until 3AM

This institution specializes in fat sandwiches, a New Jersey college student delicacy that made its way to UCLA and consists of every fried food you can think of packed inside a sandwich roll. If you’re craving chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, and french fries all in one mouthful then look no further.

Tacos El Gallito (Westwood)
Corner of Westwood and Santa Monica
Always open

This taco truck franchise’s Westwood location offers some of the best tortas I’ve had on the west side. Loaded with beans, cheese, avocado, and your choice of meat, these sandwiches will only set you back a few bucks. The best part? Sometimes you receive an entire grilled onion with your meal (although you can never predict when this happens).

The Quesadilla Lady (Echo Park)
Corner of Sunset and Echo Park, in front of Walgreen’s
Open until there are no more quesadillas

It’s always worthwhile to stop at this tiny cart operated by one woman who sells freshly made quesadillas. Choose your filling (the chicken quesadillas are fantastic) and prepare yourself for some of the freshest, most flavorful quesadillas you can find in LA or elsewhere.

Mexicali Taco and Co. (Downtown)
1820 Industrial St
Open until they run out of ingredients

This stand was recently voted as having the best tacos in LA, and while I won’t deny that, it’s the specialty creations that draw people to Mexicali. Try the vampiros (garlic-infused quesadillas) or cachetadas (crispy corn tortillas with cheese, chipotle aioli, and your choice of meat).

Famima!! (Downtown LA/Santa Monica)
Multiple locations
Some open until 2AM, some open 24 hours

If you want a fairly authentic Japanese experience in LA, stop at Famima after a night of drunken karaoke. LA’s branches of this Japanese convenience store chain offer classic Japanese snacks like onigiri (stuffed rice balls wrapped in seaweed) as well as steamed buns, sandwiches, and various fried foods.


Mexicali Taco & Co now has a new location; it is located on Figueroa Street a block north of Sunset Blvd/Cesar Chavez Ave. in Chinatown.