People often say that nothing good ever happens after one in the morning, but these people have evidently never experienced 24 hour dining. It’s not just for college kids or junkies anymore folks. 24 hour dining is the holy grail of gastronomic experiences. We live in a busy world, we lead busy lives, and we deserve the option to dine on our own terms. 24 hour eats are the new frontier, and you are braving the wilderness of grease, chain restaurants, and suspiciously stained vinyl booths. But, where to start? Fear not readers, LotusLand has you covered.
The Naam isn’t necessarily the first place one would go when in search of late night munchables, but it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. This place was established during the 1960s, back when West 4th Avenue was occupied by hippies, and has been serving hardcore vegetarian cuisine ever since. Out of all the 24 hour diners in Vancouver, the Naam is definitely your best bet for a quality meal that is not only free range and local, but also ridiculously delicious. With a huge and reasonable menu (everything is under $15) including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this place has all the classics covered. Who knew that scrambled tofu is not only delicious, but even better at 2:00 in the morning? When cereal just won’t cut it as a midnight snack, whether you’re a vegetarian or not, the Naam is undoubtedly the place to go.
Calhoun’s, another Kitsilano locale and a university student haunt, is another delicious 24 hour café. Despite the fact that a trip to this spot ensures that you’ll hear “Blurred Lines” being played over the speakers at least once, the atmosphere is homey and laid back. Seating can be difficult to procure depending on the time of day you visit; although the space is large, Calhoun’s has always been a popular destination. For late night visitors, however, the seats are usually plentiful and the gluten-free brownies are dangerously tasty. The menu is extensive and includes snacks as well as wraps, mac n cheese, and a variety of salads. Calhoun’s is just as delicious as it is convenient. Next time you’re in the area at an ungodly hour, give it a visit.
This spot is perpetually teeming with university students working late on papers and taking advantage of the free wifi. At first glance, the 24 hour coffee shop seems cramped, when in actuality it sprawls out into a large room at the back, complete with tables filled with the overworked. In terms of sustenance, the Grind offers all the standard fare of any coffee shop, including wraps, cookies, and a plethora of caffeine. If you’re looking for a convenient place to study late at night, this place delivers on every level and provides a cozy atmosphere to do so. Although the actual food isn’t anything special, the Grind is the ideal locale to pull an all nighter.
Perhaps you’ve been out abusing substances, or maybe you think that building your own Grand Slam will make you punk and Do It Yourself. Whatever your reason for dining at this not-so-fine establishment, you should only half regret it. Denny’s is gross. But it’s gross in a really good way, because chances are it’s late at night and you’ve probably already made a few bad decisions. One of your friends may or may not be wearing someone else’s clothing, but you can’t really be sure. What do you crave? Grease, that’s what. Hashbrowns, fries, bacon, sausages, you name it, Denny’s has it and it probably tastes disgusting. What differentiates Denny’s from the rest of the chain restaurant stratosphere is that it has a jukebox, complete with Cher songs. If there’s one thing we believe in more than life after love, it’s 24 hour breakfast.
It is often difficult to decide whether sleep or food is more important, and since science hasn’t yet found a way to combine the two, sacrifices have to be made. Embark on the adventure of 24 hour dining. Use the experience as fuel for your performance art. Make some new friends. You are on the forefront of an emerging culinary subculture. Haven’t you always wanted to be gastronomically trendy? Of course you have.