There's really no reason to sit on the curb outside 7-Eleven with a microwave burrito, or to go home and order Domino's. Not anymore, anyway – Orlando restaurants serving past midnight, even on weekdays, are slowly but surely on the rise.
Beth's Burger Bar
open until 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 24 E. Washington St., 407-650-4950, bethsburgerbar.com
One word: frickles. Oh OK, here's a few more – the fried pickles are great, but so are the crisp-edged, griddle-fried burgers.
open until 2 a.m. every day, 900 E. Washington St., 407-426-9503; 3100 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, 407-542-5902; graffitijunktion.com
Of the various Orlando Graffiti Junktions, these two keep their kitchens open past midnight, so you can chow down (while still knocking back cocktails, if you like) every night of the week.
downtown, open until 3 a.m. every day; Milk District, open until 3 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 20 E. Washington St., 407-841-5626; 2406 E. Robinson St., 407-896-5626; gringoslocos.net
Gringos stormed the scene a couple of years ago and has since become the after-hours burrito of choice for discriminating partiers.
Junior Colombian Burger
open until 2:30 a.m. weekdays, 4:30 a.m. weekends, multiple locations, juniorcolombianburger.com
With restaurants near SeaWorld, Universal and UCF, you're never far from a messy, drippy, special-sauced burger.
open until 2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5101 E. Colonial Drive, 407-802-4800, obliviontaproom.com
The artistry of the craft beers on tap here is matched by the handcrafted burgers coming out of the kitchen. (Vegan patties too, so no one's left out.)
check website for hours; 1 S. Orange Ave., 407-447-7482; 140 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-478-8688; pitapitusa.com
It's not high cuisine, but your body will thank you in the morning for eating a pita stuffed full of fresh veggies and grilled meat instead of pizza or fries.
open until 3 a.m. weekdays, 4 a.m. weekends, 14 W. Washington St., 407-650-8859, planetpizzaorlando.com
The king of downtown slices. There's a line after bars close, but that just means it's good, right?
open until 1:45 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 223 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-325-5165
Less of a drunk-nosh, more of a glamorous-dinner-at-midnight thing. Scratch is one of the best restaurants in the city, and the fact that they keep cooking till the wee just makes us love them all the more.
Teak Neighborhood Grill
open until 2 a.m. every day, 6400 Time Square Ave., 407-313-5111, teakorlando.com
It's one of the biggest menus we've ever seen: Dive in, don't be intimidated.
open until 2 a.m. every day, 431 E. Central Blvd., 407-270-5541, wobusa.com
The grill closes at 11 p.m., but the rest of the menu – flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, wings and pretzels – is fair game until close.
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