By Hannah Franklin
For night owls and late-night snack hankerers, living in the Valley can be hard. Only recently have more restaurants extended their hours to satisfy the needs of the 2 a.m. craving crowd. We can’t deny that Downtown Phoenix and Tempe residents flock to the nearest Taco Bell when they can, but for those looking for more than a Crunchwrap Supreme, here’s our top 10 list for the best places in the Valley for late-night munchies.
10. Filiberto’s Mexican Food
Serving fast and authentic Mexican food 24 hours a day, this spicy eatery brings a whole different kind of heatwave. With many hot sauces to choose from, dive into a vast menu that stretches far beyond classic burritos and tacos with breakfast and combination plates. Four shredded beef rolled tacos topped with guacamole and cheese? Yes, please.
Hours: 24 hours https://filibertos.com/
9. Pita Pit
Who could say no to hummus and pita? For the after-hours health-conscious consumer there’s a light and tasty option of pita sandwiches that are not only customizable but also fresh. Special toppings and signature sauces make each pita uniquely delicious as they are encased in the guest’s choice of a fluffy white or wheat pita. You can even turn your pita into a salad!
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8a.m.-10p.m,. Fri-Sat: 8a.m.-3a.m., Sun: 8a.m.-8p.m. https://www.downtowntempe.com/go/pita-pit
8. Four Peaks Brewing Company
A personal favorite in the area of bar bites and beer, each menu item is abundant in flavor. From the mouth-watering French dip’s au jus to the smokiness of the carne adovada, this brewhouse is all you could want. Don’t forget to wash down all those savory splendors with a glass of Kilt Lifter.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11a.m.-12a.m., Fri: 11a.m.-2a.m., Sat: 9a.m.-2a.m. Sun: 9a.m.-12a.m. www.fourpeaks.com
7. Welcome Diner
At its new location, Welcome Diner continues to be the epitome of nighttime-nibbles. A top-secret blend of cheeses with a delicious breadcrumb crust makes the melty mac and cheese a must try. Top any item off with a large selection of signature drinks or some gravy drenched poutine to share.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 5p.m.-2a.m., Sat-Sun: 10a.m.-3p.m., 5p.m.-2a.m. http://welcomediner.net/
6. Jack in the Box
Looking for more of a fast food style snack? Try a burger with a twist like the Sriracha curly fry burger munchie meal with half-size fries, two tacos and a refreshing drink. Satisfy your indecisive insides with its late-night menu and you’ll never have to choose between burgers and tacos again.
Hours: 24 hours https://www.jackinthebox.com/
Named one of the “Top Three College Pizza Joints Across America,” Slices serves cheap and cheesy slices that are as big as your head and is just as tasty. Classic cheese or any combination of flavors makes this a mouth-watering meal. With tons of different pizza and calzones to boot, this truly is “A Unique Style Pizza Joint.”
Hours: Sun – Wed: 11a.m.-10p.m., Thurs – Sat: 11a.m.-3a.m. http://www.slicespizzajoint.com/
4. Cornish Pasty Co.
Hearty and delicious, these pasties are like a gourmet Hot Pocket. With flavors and history reaching back to England, you can expect to see many options with meats, cheeses, potatoes and gravy. The perfect combination to quell the midnight hunger pains. Never fear, for the lengthy menu contains vegetarian and vegan options so there is a pasty out there for everyone.
Hours: Mon–Wed & Sun: 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Thurs-Sat: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. https://www.cornishpastyco.com/
3. El Paisano Market
Fast, fair and filling, this convenient store doubles as a playful, counter-services kitchen that provides delicious Mexican food to late night snack seekers. It’s hard to resist the specialty nacho menu that includes Doritos nachos or the burrito of the month, which overflow with both cheese and flavor.
Hours: Sun-Wed: 9a.m.-3a.m. Thurs-Sat: 9a.m.-4a.m. http://orderelpaisanomarket.com/
A classically good choice for when a burger and fries is what you need. The mushroom Swiss burger is a deliciously savory snack stacked high and covered with creamy au jus. Shakes and sides add something extra to crush your cravings and breakfast is served all night long.
Hours: 24 hours http://whataburger.com/
1. Spinelli’s Pizzeria
Pizza, cheesesteaks and CBD? Spinelli’s not only offers one of the best cheesesteaks outside Philadelphia, but also has deliciously large slices of pizza as well as CBD-infused food and drinks. Although CBD won’t get you high or make your munchies intensify, the food speaks for itself as a late night must try.https://spinellispizzeria.com/
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:30a.m. – 5a.m.