The Late Show

We get it: night owls need great food, too. Here are five sure-fire favorites (open until at least 1 am) when the drive-thru window just won't do.

By Benjamin Tepler November 1, 2013 Published in the November 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

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GOOD EVENING, VIETNAM Beef tenderloin, chicken wings, and the Rooster Fight cocktail at Luc Lac

Luc Lac

4 a.m.

Luc Lac remains the gold standard for seriously late-night eating. On the rare occasion that you find yourself awake at 3:30 a.m., nothing will satisfy like the steaming pho brimming with sweet, anise-steeped broth and springy rice noodles, the cool salads with rare steak in citrus and herbs, or the pork sausage banh mi. 835 SW Second Ave; 503-222-0047


1 a.m.

In Portland’s constellation of Southeast Asian eateries, Tarad shines bright with a tight menu of uncompromising Northern Thai favorites alongside an Asian market for food lovers. Satisfying myriad late-night cravings, pad thai full of preserved radishes, dried shrimp, and springy, caramelized noodles mingles with traditional bites like thick, Bolognese-y relish and fresh vegetables for dipping. 601 SE Morrison St; 503-234-4102

Robo Taco

3:30 a.m.

The key to persevering in one of the city’s most active nightlife swathes? Great tacos. Well into the wee hours, Robo Taco slices from a giant rotisserie of marinated pork under a heaping disk of pineapple, piling the flavorful meat into corn tortillas and over deluxe plates of nachos.
607 SE Morrison St; 503-232-3707

Devil’s Dill

3 a.m.

Devil’s Dill delivers top-notch sandwiches from a tiny SE Hawthorne storefront—with no extra fee. Top honors go to the house-smoked, five-spice pulled pork coated in chile garlic sauce, and an addictive tuna sandwich piled with smoked olives, pickled relish, and lemon aioli, all served on Fleur de Lis bread. 1711 SE Hawthorne Blvd; 503-236-8067

The Tannery Bar

1 a.m.

Tucked inside a cinder-block bunker off of E Burnside Street, this cozy neighborhood watering hole is home to some of the best post-midnight comfort food in town. Under the soothing light of gas lanterns, beautifully marbled hanger steak with crisp, golden fries and a fluffy, marionberry-dipped Monte Cristo on Pullman bread slide through the open kitchen until last call. 5425 E Burnside St; 503-236-3610

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