In the Midnight Hour
Valentino's · Captain James Landing · Sip & Bite · Double-T Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang
Just why you'd be out and about in Hamilton at 4 a.m. is your business. But if you are awake at this hour, and if you are hungry, open-all-night Valentino's (6627 Harford Road,  254-4700) has got you covered. Take a seat in their bright-as-noon, kid-friendly dining room and choose between Greek treats, pasta, pancakes, salads, steaks, seafood, sandwiches--just about anything your sleep-deprived mind could imagine. The solid fare served at this local landmark goes down well during daylight hours as well.
Captain James Landing (2127 Boston St.,  327-8600) is the perfect meet-us-there postparty spot--not so much for the serviceable seafood served all night long but for the can't-miss-it location, inside that big-ass faux boat sticking out into a Canton intersection, obvious enough for even the bleariest late-night traveler. Also makes for a nice photo op when the sun's shining.
The Sip & Bite (2200 Boston St.,  675-7077) is a true Baltimore landmark. Renowned for its freaky wee-hours scene as much as its terrific, cheap food, the Sip & Bite offers prime people-watching along with breakfast 24/7. The daily specials menu is loaded with good eats, the milk shakes are thick and creamy, and the meat loaf is the best ever. If Frederico Fellini had ever opened a diner, it would be just like the Sip & Bite.
For maximum firepower against a raw attack of the middle-of-the-night hungries, though, nothing beats the Double-T Diner (6300 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville,  744-4151). With a menu that's hundreds of items strong, you'll find your heart's desire at the Double-T, even at 3 a.m. --and that includes quarter-a-play jukeboxes with tunes ranging from Frank Sinatra to Puff Daddy. (The Double-T also has locations in Glen Burnie and Rosedale.)
The bars have closed, the hair and makeup have wilted, and a late-night diner breakfast just won't do. At times such as these, consider Gampy's (904 N. Charles St.,  837-9797). The eclectic, always-hopping eatery offers a wide-ranging menu; we usually go for the green stuff, especially Gampy's Caesar salad, which is the biggest we've ever seen.
Any time's a good time for Nam Kang (2126 Maryland Ave.,  685-6237), by our lights the top of the city's Korean-restaurant class. We love it at lunch; it's a winner at dinner. But the cherry on top of this sundae is the hours: Open til 4 a.m. Whether you're winding down an evening on the town, staggering home after burning the midnight oil at work, or simply suffering a bout of insomniac introspection, a soothing hot pot of kim chi jigue (pork-and-pickled-cabbage stew) or a steaming tureen of spicy jampong (noodle soup with shrimp, squid, and octopus) is the perfect soul-restorative before you finally hit the hay. Good night.
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