After Dark: Our Favorite Late-Night Dining

It’s late, and you’re in need of a snack. Here’s where you go.

Anchor Grill > If you can’t deal with smoke near your waffles, go elsewhere—because Anchor Grill is located in the Commonwealth, where smoking inside restaurants remains (amazingly) a thing. Hop a seat at the wavy white counter near the groovy seaside mural and throw down on a midnight BLT. You gotta respect a place where you can order fried oysters and a breakfast burrito. Heads up: Cash only. 438 W. Pike St., Covington, (859) 431-9498,

Pepper Pod > Order the fried chicken, which comes in half-chicken increments and has deep brown, crunchy skin. The soup is homemade, the burger Frisch’s-esque, and a slice of cheesecake weighs about three pounds.(Ahem: The nonsmoking area was behind a locked gate during our last visit.) 703 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 431-7455,

Gomez Salsa > Man is this place a hole in the wall. No really: Sidle up to the window facing 12th Street and place your order for some of the best tacos in town. The salsas are premium, and then there’s the Turtle: a crispy hybrid of burrito and taco that will keep you going all night.

Goodfellas Pizzeria > It’s all about the slice at Goodfellas—a New York type wedge that is fresh and simple and big as a surfboard. Both the Covington and OTR spots are fast and loud at midnight on a Saturday and a show unto themselves. Note the goombah trappings: Take the cannoli.

Shanghai Mama’s > Been there so long you may have forgotten about it, but remember your Mama! Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, this is where to go when you need to slurp down some Singapore noodles before bed. The service is expert and forgiving, just like mama.

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