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Eating out Late in Little Rock

A Full Meal Past 10 p.m.

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You've spent the whole day working, shopping, visiting or whatever and you're starved. You don't want to go home and cook at this hour, what do you do? These local (and some not so local) restaurants serve up good food past normal business hours.

1. Big Whiskey's

Downtown is probably the best place to find food late at night and Big Whiskey's is a nice, well-rounded restaurant to choose. They have something for everyone including salads, soups, burgers, pasta, steak, seafood and chicken. They are open until 12 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 p.m. on Sunday-Tuesday. Located at 225 E. Markham. More info.

2. Union Bistro

Union Bistro is and American restaurant that offers the option of a tapas style menu. The items offered include sandwiches, salads, pasta, steak, seafood and more. The thing I hear everyone rave about is the chicken and waffles. They're open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and located at 3421 Old Cantrell Road in Riverdale.

3. The House Gastropub

Not very many establishments in Hillcrest or the Heights are open late, but the House is open until 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 12 a.m. on Friday through Saturday. They are vegan and vegetarian friendly too, if that matters to your late night cravings. They House serves burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads and tries to use organic and locally sourced foods whenever possible. They're located on 711 North Palm in Hillcrest.

4. The Flying Saucer

Speaking of downtown, it's likely you're out so late because you were at a bar. One of the better bars to eat (and drink) at is the Flying Saucer. They have a large menu with mostly bar-type foods (nachos, cheese fries), but they do have some sandwiches, salads and even pizza. The Saucer is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday until 1 a.m. and Friday until 2 a.m. They're open until 12 a.m. on Sundays. More nightlife

5. Midtown Billards

Midtown is well known by waiters and local bands as being the place to go after work, mostly because nothing else is open. The grill at Midtown is open until 4:30 a.m. (they close at 5 a.m.). They have a decent menu, especially for the hour, featuring a couple of sandwiches. The burger is the standout. They are located on 1316 S. Main St in downtown Little Rock. More places to play pool.

6. Gusano's

If you're craving pizza, head back downtown to Gusano's, where they serve Chicago-style pizza until 1 a.m. on Saturdays (10 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 p.m. on Sundays). This place can get crowded in the evenings, but it has a fun little sports bar atmosphere. Located at 313 President Clinton Ave in the River Market.

7. Dugan's Pub

Dugan's is an Irish Pub and they have that kind of a menu: corned beef, bangers and mash, fish and chips, etc. They're open until 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, until 1 a.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. They're located at the corner of 3rd and Rock St. in the River Market District.

8. Vino's

Vino's serves stone-baked pizzas and freshly brewed beer. They're open until 10 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday, 11 p.m. on Thursday, and 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. They're also one of my favorite places to hear great, live music. They're located on 923 West 7th Street in downtown Little Rock.

9. Sonny Williams

You wouldn't expect fine dining this late at night, but Sonny Williams offers some of the best steaks in Little Rock from 5 to 11 p.m. I'm not sure they really count as "late night" dining, because a meal this good (and expensive), you'll really want to savor it. If you get there very late, you'll be wasting the experience. They're located in the River Market at 500 President Clinton Avenue.

10. Sonic, Taco Bell, Waffle House and Denny's

It seems like Little Rock has a Sonic or Taco Bell on every corner and most of them stay open late. I know Denny's is a favorite amongst the late night crowd. We only have two Denny's in Little Rock and they do stay open 24 hours a day. Denny's is on 4300 S University and 310 S Shackleford Rd. We have quite a few Waffle House restaurants which are also open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (check their locator).
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