Boston Late Night Food Overview

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Beantown stops serving alcohol by 2am and is not known for its nighttime scene like big-city neighbor New York. But late-night food in Boston can become a reality for those who know where to look.

The South Street Diner, a local landmark in the Leather District that first opened in 1947, claims to be the only Boston dining destination that never closes. Then there's Victoria's Diner in Dorchester / Jamaica Plain, where 24-hour eats are available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Other joints like Franklin Café in the South End, Chau Chow City in Chinatown, and Anchovies in the North End serve their full menus past midnight, but none of these places have the fanciest food choices to begin with. Some slightly higher-end Boston restaurants do keep their kitchens open and waitstaff serving until late, but usually with a limited menu.

There are a decent number of Chinese eateries that deliver until the early-morning hours, which is a godsend for the thousands of college students who inhabit the city. Likewise, a smattering of other food delivery items such as pizza, burritos, subs, and salads are available in most neighborhoods at tiny take-out joints.

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