The dilemma: You’ve been out at the bar for a few hours and suddenly you’re overcome with hunger. Or maybe you’ve been studying or working super late, but the issue remains – there aren’t many actual restaurants in Orlando that serve a full menu past midnight, especially earlier in the week. Something to look forward to for habitual late-night eaters: Red Mug Diner, a 24-hour diner, plans to open downtown in mid-April 2016. Follow their progress at facebook.com/redmugdiner.
Below, some of our favorite late-nighters. Note: Some of these restaurants have more locations than are listed here; we are only listing the ones open past midnight every night.
Arepas el Cacao | 5389 S. Kirkman Road, 321-252-2226, arepaselcacao.com. Open until 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Arepas, cachapas and empanadas stuffed with meats and melty cheese ... it's ideal late-night nosh.
B-Line Diner | 9801 International Drive, 407-345-4460, orlando.regency.hyatt.com. Open 24 hours daily. In the I-Drive area past the witching hour and craving dessert? The B-Line serves all the pies, cakes and sundaes you'd hope for.
Graffiti Junktion | multiple locations, graffitijunktion.com. Open until 2 a.m. daily. Of nine area locations for messy burgers and cocktails, only one is not open until 2 a.m every day: Clermont is closed Sundays.
Gringos Locos | 20 E. Washington St., 407-841-5626; 2406 E. Robinson St., 407-896-5626; gringoslocos.net. Open until 3 a.m. daily. Gringos is quite simply the after-hours burrito of choice for discriminating partiers.
Izziban Sushi | 5310 E. Colonial Drive, 407-270-8811, izziban.com
Open until 2 a.m. daily. Open until the wee hours, and offers Korean barbecue alongside the sushi.
South Philly Steak | 12094 Collegiate Way, 407-985-3805, southphillysteaksorlando.com. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Drippy, overstuffed Philly cheesesteaks served in a room full of memorabilia from the City of Brotherly Love.
Teak Neighborhood Grill | 6400 Time Square Ave., 407-313-5111, teakorlando.com. Open until 2 a.m. every day. With one of the biggest menus we've ever seen, it might be hard to choose – try the Spicy Veronica burger, with ghost pepper cheese, pickled jalapeños and Sriracha mayonnaise.