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In the Midnight Hour

Valentino's · Captain James Landing · Sip & Bite · Double-T Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang

Tom Chalkley

Eat Special Issue 1998

The Hours and the Times A Day in the Life of Baltimore Dining

Woke Up, Got Out of Bed Pete's Grille · Blue Moon Café and Espresso Bar · Bel-Loc Diner · Suburban House · Golden West Café · Cinnamon House · Jimmy's Restaurant

Baltimore, the City that Brunches Morning Edition Café · Weber's on Boston · Loco Hombre · Regi's American Bistro · Louie's Bookstore Café · Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon · Hull Street Blues · Grand Palace

The Noon Whistle Women's Industrial Exchange · Thairish · Silk Road Café · Suzie's Soba · Faidley's Seafood · Caribbean Kitchen · Minato Japanese Restaurant · The Bridge · Silk Road · Troia Bistro at the Walters · Caf

Meet Me at the Trough New No Da Ji · Sushi Chalet · Mughal Garden · Akbar · Bombay Grill · Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen · The Roost · The Yellow Bowl · Micah's Cafeteria

Not Now, I'm on Break The Daily Grind · Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot · Donna's Coffee Bar · City Café · Java Joe's · One World Café · Strand Cybercafé · Coney Island

Get Happy Brass Elephant · Neon Moon · Globe Brewing Co. · The Brewer's Art · The Wharf Rat · John Steven, Ltd. · Kisling's · J.C.'s Bar and Grill · Nick's Inner Harbour Seafood Co. · Birds of a Feather · Bertha's

The Dinner Bell Breakfast is about responsibility, lunch is about sustenance, but dinner . . . dinner is about oppor...

Old Baltimore Haussner's · Martick's · Sabatino's · Da Mimmo · Palmer House · Gunning's Crab House · Bo Brooks · Obrycki's · Ikaros · Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant · Tony Cheng's Szechuan Restaurant · Jerry's Bel

Road Kill The Fine Art of Dining à la Curb | By Joe MacLeod

New Baltimore Joy American Café · Sotto Sopra · Zodiac · Holy Frijoles · Corks · The Wild Mushroom · Jr. · Ruby Lounge

New Old Baltimore Winterling's · Mamie's Café · The Trolley Stop · Morgan Millard · Bay Breeze · Owl Bar · La Tavola · Opa

Big Night Baltimore The Black Olive · Tersiguel's · Kings Contrivance · Rudy's 2900 · Pierpoint · The Prime Rib · Tio Pepe's

TV Dinners Mediterranean Palace · Sushi Café · Iola Café · Al Pacino Café · Ledo Pizza · Tamber's Nifty Fifties Dining · Banjara/Singh Express · Chokchai

Out-of-Town Baltimore Braznell's Caribbean Kitchen · Saigon Restaurant · Thai Restaurant · Matsuri · Lisa's Cofee House · Ze Mean Bean Café · Blue Nile · Azeb's Ethiopian Restaurant · The Helmand · Ariana Restaurant

Out-of-Towner Baltimore Hard Rock Café · Baltimore Brewing Co. · Waterfront · Lista's · Joe Theismann's · Della Notte · Phillip's

Where Everybody Knows Your Name Café Tattoo · Sisson's Restaurant · Henninger's · Alonso's · Charles Village Pub · Mick O'Shea's · Kelly's · Buddies Pub & Jazz Club · Swallow at the Hollow · Peter's Inn

Cast Party Henry & Jeff's/Arrogant Director · La Tesso Tano · Thai Landing · Café Zen · Spike and Charlie's

Sweet Surrender Cheesecake Factory · Vaccaro's · Café Hon · Riverside Roastery and Espresso

In the Midnight Hour Valentino's · Captain James Landing · Sip & Bite · Double-T Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang

Posted 2/25/1998

In the course of human events, there comes a time in everyone's life when it's 3 a.m. and you're starving. And there is something undeniably romantic about eating breakfast at four in the morning after a night on the town. Unfortunately, the options for wee-hours dining can be few, far between, and downright scary. Luckily we know of a few precious places where the food is good, the atmosphere is safe at worst and highly entertaining at best, and where the doors never (or at least almost never) close.

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, [410] 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., [410] 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., [410] 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, [410] 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., [410] 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., [410] 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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