We Never Close

    The all-night diner: a beacon of hope in the dark of night—with bacon.
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    Anchor Grill
    The neon “We May Doze but Never Close” sign in the window says it all. Head straight for the goetta and cheese omelette, served with your choice of toast. A whole slice of goetta and a layer of cheese, beneath a blanket of egg. It’s heaven. Just make sure you bring cash—no plastic accepted here. • 438 Pike St., Covington, (859) 431-9498

    Pepper Pod
    Fair warning: There is no nonsmoking section here. But the waitresses are sassy, and the food is cheap and filling. The Poor Boy breakfast delivers you two thick slices of fried bologna, two eggs, hash browns, and toast for $4.80. For soaking up whatever you’ve overimbibed, try the loaded hash browns, with ham, onion, peppers, tomatoes, and American cheese. They’ll set you back a mere $3.85. • 703 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 431-7455

    Camp Washington Chili
    The interior is sparkly-bright, with diner-ific red accents, and the menu’s packed with breakfast favorites, but this is a chili parlor—and one of our very best. So why fight it? Order your omelette with a scoop of Camp Washington Chili on top, and really get those 3 a.m. munchies out of your system. • 3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, (513) 541-0061

    Illustration by Pete Gamlen

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