43 College Town Restaurants With the Best After Hour Eats!


Our list today reflects those places that any college freshman or senior can run in and grab a cheap meal, and yet still satisfy the after club need for a greasy late-night snack. These high-cholesterol treats are not for those who count calories but curb the hunger monster within.

Nick Tahou Hots in University of Rochester

“Home of the famous garbage plate!”

—Casey Reichhart, Facebook

Cook Out in North Carolina State University

“You can get an entire tray for $5, including two sides (fries, onion rings, quesadillas, and chicken wraps), and a drink—which can be a milkshake. So if you play your cards right, you are basically buying three meals.”

—Rebecca Nagy, Facebook

The Fat Shack in Colorado State University

“Their motto is ‘Late night done right.’ They used to be next to two head shops. Not sure if both are still up and running, but you can infer their target demo. A highlight of my life was going back to The Fat Shack after a wedding, ordering all the fried food I ate in college, going back to the hotel, falling asleep in an empty bathtub while in a tux, and having that leftover fried food for breakfast amidst the soul-crushing hangover of post-college wedding partying.”


Sergi’s in St. Lawrence University

“Two Sergi’s resturants are a drunk food haven in the middle of nowhere, North Country, NY! You must get a Mikey’s Special pizza (it’s sauce on top of the cheese) with lots of ranch as a side or pizza rolls the size of newborn babies. It’s basically a medium pizza rolled up into a calzone-style hot sandwich that drenches the wax paper and paper bag it’s delivered in with grease that should stop your heart. And when it’s -20 degrees in winter and you have a buzz on, it’s heaven.”

—Beth Dixon, Facebook

Filiberto’s in Arizona State University

“‘It’s the most delicous thing in the world when you’re drunk. Greasy cheesy Mexican food wonder. Sober, it is is a terrible, terrible mistake. Order in Spanish, and they’ll pretty much make you whatever you want.”

—Jeff Okrepkie, Facebook


Slices in Colgate University

“It’s not a night out unless it ends at Slices!”


Dave’s Taverna in James Madison University

“Nothing beats their Philly cheesesteak on a pita!”

—Maria Allen, Facebook

Two Fellas Grill in Western Michigan University

“Ain’t nothing like it.”

—Sally Siragusa, Facebook

Conrad’s Grill in Michigan State University

“All of their Con-wraps are amazing. The wraps are the perfect drunk food because they’re so greasy and fatty and full of tater tots and bacon and fried chicken. One of their locations is about 1/8 of a block away from the bars, so everyone stumbles in around 1:00 a.m. for a 1200 calorie late-night snack.”

—Karlie Zuchowski, Facebook

Toppers Pizza in University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

“Their Topperstix are every drunk college student’s dream.”

—Anne van Ruitenbeek, Facebook



Littlejohn’s in University of Virginia

It’s a campus classic on the Corner, serving deli food and Southern fare—all within one mile of campus.

—Rob Woodside, Facebook

Tolly-Ho in University of Kentucky

“Open 24/7, famous for their Ho Burgers. Be sure to tell them if it’s your first time [because they will give you a welcome gift].”

—Erin Eversole, Facebook

Kerbey Lane Cafe in University of Texas at Austin

“Holy crap. They’re open 24 hours a day and serve pretty much anything, so any weird craving your drunk brain gives you can be satisfied. Last time I went there drunk I ordered chips and queso, pancakes, and cheesecake . . .”


Cosmo’s Pizza in University of Colorado at Boulder

“Large slices of the pizza from $2.75 + spicy ranch. Amazing!”

—Haley K

The Pie Pizzeria in University of Utah

“It’s less than a block away from campus. They also deliver all over campus until 2:00 a.m. on the weekends. There’s no one particular order, but all their pies are delicious and as is typical of Salt Lake City, there are gluten-free and vegan options available.”

—Stephanie VanBeuge, Facebook

Big Bite in University of Texas at Austin

“A sandwich there has cheesesteak, french fries, chicken tenders , mozzarella sticks, canadian bacon, onion rings, mayo, and ketchup. What more could your drunk self want!”

—Kian Gass

Famous Frank’s in Purdue University

“Fat boy has layers of fried food including chicken fingers, french fries, mozzarella sticks melted with pizza sauce, lots of cheese, and ranch. Served in a bun.”


SLO Donut Company (“Slodoco”) in California Polytechnic State University

36. SLO Donut Company ("Slodoco"), California Polytechnic State University

“It’s a 24/7 donut shop about a mile from campus with awesome donuts. Most popular hours are between 12:00 and 3:00 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. It is always packed on the weekends.”


Marco’s Grilled Cheese in University of Iowa

“First, who doesn’t love grilled cheese (sober or drunk), and second, the guys who work the stand are the best—even when they have to deal with drunk college students. Grilled cheese or quesadilla with hot sauce is the best thing they have!”


Oakland Gyros in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Best gyros in the city for the past like 15 years. Usher likes it, and they are open till 4:00 a.m. on weekends and like 2 or 3 still during the week! Huge gyro, fries, and a drink for less than $10, and it’s on the east side right by UW Milwaukee, so it’s always packed with drunk college kids.”




Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard University

42. Charlie's Kitchen, Harvard University

“Food is freaking excellent and dirt cheap. Perfect for poor college kids, and the prices haven’t changed in ages. ($4 Jameson, Fireball and Fernet drinks!), and mozz sticks, fries, waffle fries, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, and burgers. I graduated two years ago and still make a point to go back when I’m in town.”


Mesa Pizza in University of Minnesota

43. Mesa Pizza, University of Minnesota

“First off, this place is always packed at night. It’s a quirky pizza place that stays open late — the line is always out the door, and has to be roped off, even in the FREEZING Minnesota winters. The line zigzags and is like a maze of drunk college kids all reuniting and finding each other again after a crazy night out. They are famous for their mac and cheese pizza and all their other crazy pizza concoctions! It is right by all the college bars. It’s amazing. Hands down the best spot to end the night.”


Ian’s Pizza in University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Their Mac n Cheese pizza is classic! It’s hard to pick which slices you want since there are so many choices!”


Pizza Shuttle in University of Oklahoma

“Pizza pocket and cinnamon fingers!”


Hoagie Haven in Princeton University

“What’s not to love about the ‘phat lady’? It’s a cheesesteak with fries and mozzarella sticks on it!”



El Rancho in University of Missouri

“It’s a fast-food Mexican restaurant that you can only truly enjoy between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. They have $6 nachos that are loaded with queso, and you can get any meat on them. If you didn’t have El Rancho at the end of your night, then you didn’t have a good night!”


Trujillo’s Taco Shop in San Diego State University

“All the best plates are sponsored by Greek life. There’s everything from burritos with french fries inside, mega quesadillas, anything they sell you can put in your burrito! You always know to find Aztecs there on a Saturday night or after basketball games.”


4 Corners Chevron (Chicken-On-A-Stick) in University of Mississippi

“It’s a Chevron gas station that serves fried chicken on a stick. And it is amazing.” They also have pizza on a stick!

—John Newman

Freddie’s Hot Dog Stand in University of Colorado at Boulder

“Sits outside the sundowner saloon on busy pearl street and is literally a godsend while drunk. Sometimes they’ll let you make your own hot dog, if you ask really nicely. Truly an A+ establishment.”


Time-Out in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“It serves the famous four-corner chicken biscuit, which is a piece of fried chicken served on a square biscuit to honor Dean Smith’s legendary four-corner defense (which caused the creation of a shot clock in college basketball). It is open 24/7.”

—Laura Catherine Haulsee, Facebook



Buckeye Donuts in Ohio State University

“Open 24/7 and have everything from donuts to gyros and mozzarella sticks!”

—Courtney Russell, Facebook

U Got Munchies in Temple University

“Mac and cheese burgers, burgers with doritos on them, buffalo chicken fries—it’s a drunk person’s heaven!”

—Julianna C. Laseter, Facebook

Jimmy Z’s Texas Hots in SUNY Brockport

“Their famous order is the 5 Star Plate aka Garbage Plate, but my favorite was always the pizza logs. They have the best drunk food, they stay open late, and Jimmy is always there regulating the massive amounts of drunk college kids—sometimes by standing on the counter with a megaphone.”

—Crista, Facebook

Congress Street Social Club in Savannah College of Art and Design

“Mac and cheese and sausages, but you always wake up with a burnt tounge from eating it too fast.”

—Mollie Faccio, Facebook

Freebirds World Burrito in University of California, Santa Barbara

“Open 24/7/365. Their crispy onions and BBQ sauce set them apart from other Mexican restaurants. My favorite order is nachos, but you can also get a quesanachorrito, which is a quesadilla filled with burrito fixins and crunched up chips.”



Quick Grill in University of Alabama

“Best messy fries [fries with chili, cheese, and ranch dressing] that I have ever had!”

—Stephanie Zacharias, Facebook

Shanghai Cafe in The University of Maryland

“Fill that tray at the Chinese buffet for $10!”

—Emily Elizabeth, Facebook

Big Mamma’s Burritos in Ohio University

“Their chipotle ranch mamma with chicken is legit.”

—Laura Campbell, Facebook

House of Pies in University of Houston and Texas Southern University

“Seriously. It’s open 24 hours and has the absolute best diner food that I’ve ever tasted in my life. Try the sausage scrambler (though I get a sausage scrambler with no sausage, ha). Layered biscuits, sausage, eggs, and gravy with a plate full of hash browns and toast. Holy Lord, y’all.”

—Janna Lawson, Facebook

Fuego Tortilla Grill in Texas A&M University

“This place is a local favorite. Open 24/7 (with the exception of Mondays), you get all sorts of crowds at every hour in there, and it’s always delicious. They have boss-ass tacos, like the Dr. Pepper Cowboy, the ‘King’ (with fried avocados), and the best queso blanco (with a secret menu item that includes steak, guac, and salsa all in the queso). Most of my best memories of late-night chow-downs and/or drunken munchies are from running around this place at god-forsaken hours of the night, chowing down on a good ‘ol breakfast taco. Just check out their menu, man. It’s unreal.”

—Amy Lynn, Facebook


Al’s Deli and Grill in University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Open 24/7, 365, and serves the best drunk food, which you can buy with UAB campus money. Loaded baked potatoes, gyros, but nothing in this world beats a plate of their ranch fries with chicken on top. It isn’t on their menu, but I’ve been ordering it after every night out for years.”

—Ethan Gissendaner, Facebook

Bagel & Deli in Miami University

“Infinite bagel combinations, ranging from a blueberry bagel with cream cheese and a chocolate chip cookie in the middle, to the infamous ‘Crunch ‘n Munch,’ where you can pick a bag of chips to not only put on your favorite turkey, lettuce, and tomato bagel, but also eat the rest of the bag. On any given night, right around 2:00 a.m. when the bars close, you can expect a long line of kids waiting for their bagel, only to drunkenly drop half of it on the way home. Long live B & D!”

—Jameson Foran, Facebook

Grease Trucks (“RU Hungry?”) in Rutgers University

“It is everything on a sandwich: chicken fingers, mozz sticks, french fries, taylor ham, egg, cheesesteak, fries (my favorite). And so unbelievably amazing . . . all on a college-friendly budget of $5–$7 each. And possibly the most fun sandwich names ever! Who doesn’t want to scream ‘Please give me a fat drunk’ and not actually offend anyone?”

—Stephanie Israel, Facebook


So that ends the list of the most awesome places for a late-night snack after a fun night out or when you pull an all-nighter cramming for your exam. These places may not serve the healthiest food, but it’s great food for your soul.

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