Vox takes stock of the Georgetown late-night food options

If you find yourself peckish after raging all night at the behest of our neighbors peacefully hanging out with friends in a townhouse on a Saturday night, it’s easy to get frustrated because Georgetown lacks readily-available late-night food options. It’s not just on campus. M Street specializes in restaurants and clothing stores, but not greasy havens which stay open until 4:00 a.m.

While it’s easy to write Georgetown’s snack food options off as terrible, there’s more life than a lot of students realize. Escaping to Darnall’s Epicurean does get old pretty quickly, after all.

To that end, Vox has compiled, as best as we can, all the other great places around campus and in the neighborhood where hungry students might be able to get some noms in the wee hours of the night, regardless of whether or not they’re in a drunken stupor.

Read below the jump for the complete list.

  • Five Guys: A national chain that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie sandwiches made to order with a plethora of toppings to choose from. Don’t forget the cajun fries and the boxes of peanuts lying around the restaurant tables from which you can smuggle home should you wish to do so. Just remember that you basically cannot walk around after eating here. It’s a find-a-place-to-sit sort of meal. The branch on 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 4 a.m.
  • Wingos: More widely known for their half-off Wednesdays, this place is almost literally a hole in the wall at the intersection of O St. NW and Wisconsin Ave. NW that permeates the air with fried chicken goodness every time you walk past. Go for the wings, stay for the sauces, but probably skip the fries. Wingos is open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and does deliveries.
  • Quick Pita: Offers pita sandwiches, beef shawarma, lamb shish kebabs, falafel, hummus, pies, labneh, rice pudding, and a wide range of vegetarian options. This place, located on Potomac St. NW near M St., is open until 3:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and until 1:45 a.m. on every other day of the week.
  • Avocado Cafe: Serves smoothies, subs, wraps, club sandwiches, cakes, ice teas, and much, much more. You can order online or visit this place, which is open until 3 a.m. seven days a week, on on 1438 Wisconsin Ave. NW; it’s only a short walk from the University’s Reservoir Road entrance.
  • Eat & Joy: This small but proud establishment on 34th St. NW serves many varieties delicious and large pizzas and Turkish entrées. Yep, that’s right, they sell something other than pizza here. If someone orders an actual entrée they probably just laugh. This is the spiritual successor to the famous and beloved Tuscany Pizza Cafe. Other than Domino’s, this is the only true late-night pizza option (Ledo’s closes at 11:00 p.m., a couple hours too early to really make a difference), since the stuff they call pizza at Epi doesn’t count and it’s a miracle if they actually get around to making any after 9:00 p.m. Eat & Joy delivers until 2:15 a.m. on Fridays and until 2:45 a.m. on Saturdays.
  • Domino’s: The brightly-lit establishment on 3255 Prospect St. NW that readily produces the mediocre pizza that clubs make us eat in their general body meetings is open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 2 a.m. every other day of the week. You know the drill with this one. It’s greasy, saucy, cheesy, and makes you smell like garlic. Perfect for ending a regrettable hookup quickly.
  • The Tombs: Perhaps not Vox‘s top choice for people to go for a bite to eat on a typical weekend night, but they’re open until 2 a.m. on Saturdays and until 1 a.m. every other day. They’ve got a great late-night menu with pork belly tacos, beer cheese fries, and sweet bacon tots.

If you happen to not like any of the aforementioned places, there’s always…

  • Safeway: did you know that your local friendly grocery supermarket is open for 24 hours, seven days a week? With aisles upon aisles of microwaveable meals, organic fresh vegetables, and imported cheese, when you find yourself in need of a break from what Georgetown’s late-night eateries have to offer, why not whip up some gastronomic flair fit for Gordon Ramsay in your apartment to fight your impending hangover? If cooking is not for you, former Vox editor Izzy Echarte recommends some Smucker’s Uncrustables—she says the strawberry ones are irresistible.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Keaton Bedell

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