Whether it’s after a night out on the town, a particularly grueling graveyard shift, or you’ve just arrived in the city in the early hours of the morning — there’ll come a time when you’ll really need to find a great late night/early morning meal, something hearty, satisfying, and delicious.
Each country has its own answer — from late night restaurants to food stalls or even hole-in-the-wall dives, if you know where to look and what to look for you can find a food substantial enough to satisfy your craving.
Most of these foods, inevitably, are not the healthiest — a quick late night feast is more likely to be deep fried, drenched in cheese, and more than a little greasy — though when you’re looking for food at 2 a.m. you’re not likely to be searching for trail mix and would probably prefer a cheeseburger and fries.
Your options will depend on where you are in the world. While fried chicken is available around most of North America, if you hop over to Europe you can get some great Portuguese chicken, rotisserie-style and dusted with spices. In the U.S., there are hot dogs aplenty in every major city at almost any hour, in Germany and Austria you can choose from a variety of sausage (bratwurst) snacks served in everything from a bun to beer batter.
Cheeseburger — U.S.A
No matter which city you’re prowling for late night food within the U.S., you can usually get your hands on greasy, delicious cheeseburger at any time. Served on a bun with an assortment of condiments and maybe a dash of mayo and/or mustard, it’s a cheap and satisfying (and artery-clogging) end to your late night out.
Kebab — Turkey
Kebabs are one of the most popular late-night street foods in the world but they’re still done best in their country of origin, Turkey. This dish is pieces of deboned meat (usually lamb) on a vertical spit, roasted on a rotating axis with pieces shaved off with a long knife. Pieces are shaved off on request and made into a sandwich or wrapped in lavas, a half loaf of bread, with onions, pickles, and tomatoes on the side. The difference between the Turkish kebab and the other global contenders is the quality of the meat and spices used — as a traditional dish, much care is taken to select good cuts of meat and spice it generously before roasting.