The Ten Best Late-Night Eats in Broward County

The Ten Best Late-Night Eats in Broward County
Leor Barak (left), founder and president of New York Grilled Cheese; the Manhattan Grilled Mac ’n' Cheese — gooey American-cheddar cheese & homemade mac ‘n' cheese stuffed between two slices of toasted country loaf.

The saying goes, "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." We say "good" is an awfully subjective word. In any case, we don't believe it.

"Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." We say "good" is an awfully subjective word.

Whether leaving a concert, a fun night out at the bars, a long day of work, or whatever other entertaining (but socially unacceptable) activities you may have been engaging in previously, we think plenty of good happens in the wee hours of the morning.

The only problem: It's not always easy to find something good to eat.

The Broadway Classic at New York Grilled Cheese: American, cheddar, and Swiss cheeses on toasted sourdough bread.
The Broadway Classic at New York Grilled Cheese: American, cheddar, and Swiss cheeses on toasted sourdough bread.

Sure, you could gorge yourself on a pile of 7-Eleven taquitos or some McDonald's drive-through — it'll most certainly fill your gut, but it's not exactly going to be a pleasurable experience in the morning.

But just because you're out late doesn't mean you need to let go of your gourmand side. Palatable options exist.

Although you may need to find a sober driver or hail a cab for a ride, there are plenty of late-night bites in Broward County that would be deemed worthy even during the day.

From pop-up taco stands to sushi gems to world-famous burgers and everything in between, we bring you the ten best late-night eats in Broward County:

1. Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Call 954-921-9425, or visit theletub.com.

Heralded by GQ as serving the best burger in America, this Old Florida dockside eatery has been serving locals burgers and bar food on Hollywood's Intracoastal Waterway since 1974. It's now packed all day long, but it's still the perfect place to get a good dose of grease late in the night (it's open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends). With kitschy flotsam and jetsam hanging from the walls, dockside picnic benches, no-B.S. service, and an interesting late-night crowd, this famed Hollyweird eatery is ideal for those looking to get a great bite late at night. Though it's full of tourists pretty much year-round now, it's a relic of what South Florida once was: a great place to get drunk and hang out.

2. New York Grilled Cheese

2207 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-564-6887, or visit newyorkgrilledcheese.com.

The three things most needed after a long night out are grease, carbs, and comfort. This place serves all three in one scrumptious handheld bite. Open until 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 a.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 4 a.m. on weekend nights, this Wilton Manors shop makes grilled cheese sandwiches that will blow your inner-child's mind. Options like the Soho Sweet Cheeses! ($8.50) with Brie, caramelized onions, crunchy bacon, and berry marmalade on toasted oatmeal wheat bread; Manhattan Grilled Mac 'n Cheese ($8.50), American cheddar cheese and homemade mac 'n' cheese on toasted country loaf; and the Wall Street Grindr Award ($9.95) with American cheddar cheese, French fries, bacon, caramelized onion, garlic butter, and fried egg on country loaf are all served with a dipper of creamy tomato bisque.

3. Sushi Song

3414 N. Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-7664, or visit sushi-song.com.

With locations in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, and soon downtown Fort Lauderdale, these cozy sushi joints offer a taste of big-city late-night scenes to laid-back Broward County. The atmosphere is dim and cozy with candles and brick walls. The sushi is fresh and creative, with options ranging from straightforward nigiri to over-the-top signature rolls such as Japan Red Hot ($15), shrimp tempura, cucumber, and jalapeño topped with tuna, black tobiko, and house special sauce and the A1A ($22), with Maine lobster, avocado, cilantro, and spicy mayo topped with seared wild salmon and special sauce. This place proves eating late at night doesn't have to mean you're stuck at a dive.

4. Lester's Diner

250 State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5641, or visit lestersonline.com.

A Fort Lauderdale institution, this classic diner has been serving locals at all hours of the day and night since the '60s. The vast menu boasts a wide range of daily specials, 70 or so different sandwiches, nearly two dozen salads, homemade soups du jour, 35 desserts "baked on the premises daily," Greek and Italian specialties, a children's menu, and mainstay entrées like chicken ($12.99), seafood ($11.99 to $17.99), steaks ($11.99 to $16.99), and chops ($13.99) in addition to the all-day breakfast with staples, such as ham and eggs, Belgian waffles ($6.19), and eggs Benedict ($7.89). The food is good, but the setting is the best of all. The classic décor fills with a strange mix of drunk locals, out-of-towners, truckers, Port Everglades workers, and random nightclubbers that only gets more surreal as the night drags on.

5. Gaysha New World Sushi

2223 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-530-0153, or visit gayshasushi.com.

Broward is known for its nocturnal party scene overall, and the gayborhood is one of the most happening of all. So it should come as no surprise that a small town known for its hopping bars would need some places to grab a good bite to eat in the wee hours of the morning. For sushi lovers (or anyone looking to forgo the fat and grease), this would be your place. Open until 11 on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends, Gaysha serves a wide selection of nigiri, ranging from shrimp ($1.50) and local snapper ($2) to bluefin tuna; creative rolls like the Red Dragon Roll ($12), with shrimp, romaine lettuce, cucumber, schiracha, and eel inside out with red tobiko and avocado slices; and rotating chalkboard specials of ramen and other small plates. However, if you're looking to continue your adventure throughout the night, we suggest the omakase, or the chef's choice.

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johnny.heedless
johnny.heedless

Lester's Diner?   Bleck.   I'd much rather eat the 7-Eleven taquitos.

conchchowder
conchchowder

Please stop considering 1am "Late-Night". They maybe serving dinner late, but only 3 am and later qualify for Late-Night.

Sorry you missed real Late-Night heroes Munchies/Raspato's (open 'till 6AM) and Peter Pan Diner (open 24/7)

me001
me001

You definitely missed BIG Cs Downtown Pizzeria!  Delivering to 4AM every day!

 
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