Spanish Flowers got the ultimate validation of its status as the best all-night Tex-Mex greasy spoon when Lady Gaga and her entourage stopped in for quesadillas and margaritas after a show at the Toyota Center. The food can be a bit bland, but the fresh tortillas and throwback charm more than make up for it.
BB's famous po' boys and other Texas Creole dishes are served until 3 a.m. on weekends. And if you make it in while it's legal, you can order up one of Brooks Bassler's frozen daiquiris to go — excuse me, geaux — with it. Think New Orleans with a Texas twist at BB's in both Montrose and the Heights.
The biggest benefit of being a downtowner is delivery from Frank's, which serves some of the best by-the-slice pies in town until 1 a.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors are open those hours for walk-ins seeking the flavorful hand-tossed pizzas.
The is the staple for night owls and insomniacs, though with the smoking ban it's lost some of that hardscrabble charm. Whether you prefer the breakfast dishes or you're on Team Pie, everything here tastes better through alcohol-soaked lenses. Centrally located on Kirby, it's an easy find for those in a stupor or those merely in from out of town.
Part Greek and part All-American, this 24-hour diner in the heart of Montrose formerly known as "One's-A-Meal" serves breakfast and burgers 24/7. The crowd ranges from policemen to black-tie gala escapees to neighborhood locals all seeking that good and greasy bacon-and-eggs thing. Of course, the Greek fare can soak up the late-night alcohol just as effectively as any omelet.
High-style sybarites don't have to slum it after midnight. Not when there's Smith & Wollensky in Highland Village, serving steak and more 'til 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. This is where the bad boys play when their wives are away, which makes for great late-night people-watching.
Who needs Taco Cabana? It's not fancy and it's not particularly great, but Tapatia's big, cheap burritos; awesome salsas and the rowdy Tejano jukebox blaring until at least 3 a.m. (5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday) keep us coming back for more.
Move over, hamburgers: tacos are the best drunk food, period. And the best tacos are in lower Midtown at Tacos A Go-Go, which serves them to your drunken delight until 2 a.m. on weekends. Even better, if you're drinking at The Mink, they'll deliver them directly to you — no leaving the bar required. Pork guisada, anyone?
The year and two months that Midtown late night institution Mai's closed after a two-alarm kitchen fire seemed like an eternity. Luckily for Vietnamese fans and night owls alike, Mai's is back and better than ever, with a modern new look, a simplified menu, more authentic homestyle Vietnamese fare and that can't-miss garlic beef.
Who could have predicted the trajectory of Chez Beignet, which offers New Orleans-style beignets served by Europeans to crowds of Asian teens and families? It's an only-in-Houston combination, but frankly it works because the beignets are just so good, served up in big, puffy trios covered in powdered sugar or even in dippable sticks.