Alyssa Morin

Best late-night dining: The Kettle

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Late night dining is tough in the beach cities. For transplants from cities like Chicago and New York, it can be unsettling to realize that your food options after 10 p.m. are little more than fast food and 7-11. Thank god for the Kettle.

Since 1973, the Kettle has provided tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner to early birds, night owls and insomniacs, alike. The menu is huge, offering salads, soups, sandwiches, steaks, omelets, pastas, burgers, pot pies and enchiladas. Craving a pot roast at 4 a.m.? No problem. Want to soak up one too many cocktails with Eggs Benedict at midnight? Come on down. Most entrees are served with soup or salad and dinner rolls and make you feel, happily, like it’s 1980 all over again. The prices aren’t cheap and the food isn’t award-winning, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier spot to satisfy your every hankering at any hour. It’s easy to see why the Kettle’s tongue-in-cheek slogan is “Locally World Famous.”

1138 Highland Ave, MB (310) 545-8511, www.thekettle.net

Runner-up: Paisanos Pizza & Pasta, 1132 Hermosa Ave, HB, (310) 376-9883, www.paisanospizzahb.com