In DC, when the clock strikes 3 the mad dash for food on a warm summer night is a sight to be seen. Next time you find yourself in search of late night grub, take note of Capitol Standard’s after midnight picks.

Midnight Dinner Seating

Bistrot du Coin – Fill up on fresh French fare until 1 AM in DuPont. Enjoy a full menu including a classic spread of mussels, steak frites and crème brulee.

Forgot to eat before the pregame? Have no fear, neighboring restaurants Matchbox and Ted’s Bulletin offer their last seating at 11:30pm every weekend blocks away from U street night life.

Late Night Bar Bites

A stroll down U St will take you where DuPont meets Adams Morgan. There, on 18th street you’ll find home-style Korean eatery Mandu. Until 1 AM they’ll serve up a spread of apps including traditional chicken, pork, and veggie Korean dumplings and kimchi quesadillas.

After Party Seating

From the makers of AdMo 24hr classics Tryst and  The Diner, comes The Coupe. This self proclaimed “all around gathering place” feeds U street/Columbia Heights night crawlers until Last Call (3am). When redesigned earlier this year, news of The Coupe’s amped comfort food traveled fast. Take for instance their Coupe Fries– a pile of short rib “debris”, cheese curds, roasted garlic, jalapenos, parsley, and brown gravyneed we say more?

On the Go

The Secret is out. The Mediterranean Spot and Fast Gourmet are the delicious, quality fast fooderies to go to when you’re not just hungry but hangry. Seemingly underutilized when compared to the crowds at say Jumbo Slice, these grub staples are a welcome change of pace for DC nightlife vets.

Fast Gourmet sits inside a gas station on 14th and W, offering a spread of artisan sandwiches and salads. Don’t let the exterior fool you–fresh, quality ingredients set this gem apart from the usual after 3 AM fare. Although their shoe string fries are divine, pairing the beer batter eggplant fries with your sandwich choice is a sure way to close out the night. The combination of gourmet food and a clean, yet no frills ambiance,  encourages an “in the know” vibe of exclusivity.

With locations on U street and Adams Morgan’s 18th street, The Mediterranean Spot attracts the new breed of DC locals on a nightly basis. Open until 1 AM Sunday through Thursday and 4:30 AM Friday and Saturday, this “mom and pop” cafe on the corner of 15th and U St will be the new reason you go out. Their never fail menu of gyros, falafel, lamb and chicken shwarmas, wraps as well as a variety of vegetarian options are consistently delicious and crave worthy. The owner’s touch of genuine friendly service adds much needed charm to late night grub hunting.

Go forth and never be drunk and hangry again.

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Ayana Christie works as a consultant and project manager for a major international corporation. Most importantly, she is a self-proclaimed foodie.