Where to grab a late-night meal

Pete’s Kitchen along East Colfax Ave and Race St. July 14th, 2021. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

We’ve all been the victim of a late-night snack attack — or maybe the munchies are lingering after hanging out at one of Denver’s cannabis lounges. Regardless, midnight cravings in the Mile High City aren’t always a coincidence.

After a devastating year of vacant booths and bar tops, restaurants citywide are left navigating how to reopen post-pandemic. But with some luck, a few of Denver’s favorites have turned on their neon signs once again to pizza, poutine and vegan donuts.

Here’s where to eat the next time that craving comes knocking and you’re looking for something more elevated than a Chalupa.

Pete’s Kitchen chef Ruben Gallegos-Velasco prepares a Philly cheese steak sandwich in the grill July 14th, 2021. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Pete’s Kitchen

Alex Barakos, grandson of the late Pete Contos, now manages Pete’s Kitchen along with Satire Lounge next door where he often bartends. Before the pandemic, Pete’s was almost always open, serving anything from breakfast to New York Strips and everything in between.

“The doors never locked, it’s always just been a beacon for late-night dining,” said Barakos.

Barakos claims to have the fastest and most entertaining chefs in town, too. Grab a seat at the bar and watch them for yourself as they cook up breakfast burritos and gyros on a six-foot grill.

Jonesing for an adult beverage? Pete’s Satire Lounge next door is open until midnight most nights, where you can grab a drink and order a plate from Pete’s Kitchen. Pete’s Kitchen is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 24 hours on weekends from 7 a.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday. The menu is available online at petesrestaurants.com. 1962 E Colfax Ave., 303-321-3139

Pony Up’s hot toddy blends local citrus clove liquor from Distillery 291, lemon, rye and agave. (Provided by Pony Up)

Pony Up

Offering a variety of eclectic sandwiches and French dips, Pony Up is an experience you won’t regret having — That is, if you love French bread, roast beef, melted cheese and savory broth-style dipping sauce. Other selections include Pony Up’s take on a Vietnamese classic, the bánh mi, and a spicy fried chicken sandwich served with dill and ranch.

This LoDo gem is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. See the menu at ponyupdenver.com. 1808 Blake St., 720-710-8144

East Tao Ramen

Ramen — a brothy, flavorful noodle soup garnished with fresh herbs, an egg and often chili pepper — is an all-around excellent comfort, and East Tao is serving it late-night in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

General Tso chicken, gyoza and shrimp fried rice are on the menu, too. East Tao Ramen is open for dine-in until 9:30 p.m. everyday and 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for take-out and delivery. Go here to see the menu. 955 Lincoln St., 720-667-1190

James Tomasi, left, and Sebastian Duffell, middle inside truck, serve a large pizza to customers at their Fat Sully’s Slice Truck at Civic Center Park in 2016 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Fat Sully’s

There’s something about a late-night pizza that always seems to hit the spot. An Atomic Cowboy favorite, Fat Sully’s is the sister restaurant to Denver Biscuit Company. So if there’s one thing these guys know, it’s dough.

Walk up to the window for a $3.95 slice at the Tennyson location until 1 a.m on Saturday and Sunday and until 10:30 p.m. the rest of the week. Fat Sully’s Colfax location also delivers 20-inch New York-style pies right to your door until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Fat Sully’s is also available on UberEats and Doordash. Don’t forget to check out the menu or order online at fatsullys.com

3237 East Colfax Ave., 303-393-1515; 141 South Broadway, 303-377-7900; 4275 Tennyson St., 303-393-1515

Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Whisky Tango Foxtrot goes beyond expectations. Its menu, unlike so many other late-night options, offers a taste of finer dining.

Skip the breakfast plate and try the poutine, Canadian-style fries smothered in gravy, or a Southern classic, shrimp and grits. WTF is open until midnight throughout the week, 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and midnight the remainder of the week. To see the menu go to whiskytf.com. 2907 Huron St., 303-226-1540

Punch Bowl Social Watermelon Polo Bowl
Punch Powl Social is offering the perfect cocktail to share with friends on their menu for Cinco de Mayo. The Punch Bowl Social Watermelon Polo Bowl. (Amber Boutwell)

Punch Bowl Social

A hipster chic chain with karaoke, bowling and virtual reality, Punch Bowl Social is exactly what it sounds like — a party. Lobster fries, chicken and waffles and burgers are just a few of this late-night spot’s options, along with a boozy watermelon punch and playful mocktails.

The kitchen is open until 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2 a.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. To see the menu, visit punchbowlsocial.com. 65 South Broadway, 303-765-2695

Tacos Rapidos

An all-night taco affair, Tacos Rapidos is referred to as a legendary gem and even loved by elite yelpers. This unassuming drive-thru with a menu that reads like a book marries fast, cheap, delicious and authentic no matter what time of day it is.

Try the smothered carne asada fries for $11.99 with an horchata for $3.10 or one of the many breakfast burritos for $5.75. Tacos Rapidos is open 24 hours daily. 2800 W. Evans Ave. 303-935-0453

Patrons at the Williams & Graham in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver. (Kathryn Scott, The Denver Post)

Williams & Graham

This contemporary speakeasy combines Southern potluck classics with an elevated cocktail menu. Step inside thE old fashioned bar for a traditional cocktail, devilled eggs or bacon-jam mac and cheese. Williams and Graham is open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight. Visit williamsandgraham.com to see the menu. 3160 Tejon St., 303-997-8886

Voodoo Doughnut is offering a $1 Homer doughnut special for National Doughnut Day on June 7. (Provided by Voodoo Doughnut)

Voodoo Doughnut

Skip the popcorn: A jelly-filled chocolate voodoo doll is the late-night horror-movie marathon companion you probably didn’t know you were missing.

If you’ve yet to experience the glorious pink box filled with bacon maple bars, glazed, buttermilk old-fashioned doughnuts and yeast raised doughnuts topped with Oreos, then you’re in for a treat. Voodoo is open until 3 a.m. with two locations. Go to voodoodoughnut.com to peek at the menu. 1520 E. Colfax Ave., 303-597-3666 and 98 South Broadway, 720-649-5666

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