Late-Night Bites

It's midnight: Do you know where your next meal is coming from?

And if they can't find you a place at Samba Room, Big City Tavern (609 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-727-0307) is just a short sprint down Las Olas; it serves a "limited menu" until 1 a.m. on weekends.

Kilmo keeps threatening to close Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-771-2220), and it may just happen. But until that last blues note is sounded, this old Florida roots bar hasn't seen the tail end of its famous sautéed gator or pulled pork poboys (beloved of New Times staffers), which presumably taste all that much better at 1:35 in the old a.m. Prime "killer" burgers, festival-award-winning gumbo, chili, and honey jack chicken wings take the "barf" out of barfood. The place is packed on weekends, so I don't guess you're going to get a table. The race goes to thems that talks the sweetest.

Ditto Taverna Opa, although here, alas, the sweet talk will get you nowhere. Only Lady Luck can tell whether you'll be cooling your heels in the parking lot for several hours while folks inside linger over their lemony potatoes and chick pea mash, their gigantic prawns and spanakopita, or whether you'll simply slope in and get seated. They don't take reservations at either location for parties under six, so you'll want to be traveling en masse. Dinner's served until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (410 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, 954-929-6968; and 3051 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-1630).

Joe Rocco

Location Info


Cucina Dell'Arte

257 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Palm Beach

Samba Room

350 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Restaurant > Central American

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Cucina Dell'Arte: Breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. Lunch 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner until 11 p.m. Bar menu until 2 a.m. Call 561-655-0770.

Samba Room: Dinner until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until midnight Friday and Saturday. Call 954-468-2000.

Cucina: 257 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach.

Samba: 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

And then, there's always The Floridian (1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-4041), but here again, we're veering dangerously close to pancakes and grits and even dangerously closer to a very long wait while you fiddle with your flatware and watch your neighbors make short work of their sausage sandwiches. But if you arrive with middling expectations and a mild hankering for biscuits and gravy around 3 in the morning (the Floridian, founded in 1937, stays open 24 hours, harking back to the days when goils were goils and men were men), you and your intestinal tract are going to have an OK time of things. (The Floridian has yet to give us a case of what we used to delicately refer to as "Denny's cramps.")

You, dear reader, may have other dead-of-night faves, and if you do, I wish you'd send me an e-mail. I'm compiling a full list to go up on our website: We shalt never go hungry.

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