Dining Guide: Late night eats

FLY BAR 1202 N Franklin St, Tampa; 813-275-5000, flybarandrestaurant.com/tampa. Fly's lounge menu, featuring gourmet small plates and desserts, is available until close (3 a.m. on most nights). The ropa vieja and roasted garlic frites would make for great pre-hangover fare.

HARD ROCK CAFE AT THE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa; 866-502-7529, seminolehardrocktampa.com/dining/hardrockcafe. After a long (hopefully successful) night at the casino, grab a bite at the new Hard Rock Cafe, serving food and drinks until midnight on week nights and until 4 a.m. on Thursday-Saturday nights.

KRISTINA'S CAFE 3590 34th St N., St. Pete; 727-526-6673. A 24-hour hot spot in St. Pete that's especially hopping after 2 a.m. Kristina's serves their entire menu all day and night, so after a long night at the bars in Downtown St. Pete or even the morning after, you can get everything from French toast to chicken fried steak. It's especially fun to dine there at 3 a.m. and watch the myriad of people come through the door, from church groups to goths to the just plain wasted.

LA TERESITA 3248 West Columbus Drive, Tampa; 813-879-9704. lateresitarestaurant.com. Is there a better place for people-watching than that winding counter? Is there a better time for people-watching than late night? Best of all, the food is cheap, arrives fast, and always comes with pressed Cuban bread. Open 24 hours on weekends. --Andy Huse

MEMA'S ALASKAN TACOS 1724 E 8th Ave., Tampa; 813-242-8226. An after hours Ybor favorite, stumbling distance from 7th Avenue, famous for their deep-fried tacos but also offers other Tex-Mex favorites like enchiladas, chimichangas and homemade tamales. Yes, they're pricier than Taco Bell but you can be assured that you're not getting dog food grade meat in your meal.

PITA PIT 500 South Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-254-7482; 2309 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-910-1669, pitapitusa.com. A healthier dining option after you've done a fair amount of damage to your body out at the bars. Build-your-own overstuffed pitas with fillings like chicken, gyro meat and an array of fresh veggies. Vegan friendly.

RIBIT'S BBQ 401 S Howard Ave, Tampa; 813-817-4909, ribitsbbq.com. After doing the bar crawl up and down Howard in SoHo, stop at this garage-turned-BBQ joint for Alabama-style pork ribs, North Carolina pulled pork or Georgia-style smoked sausage. Open until 3 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

SALEM'S GYROS AND SUBS 1401 16th St S., St. Pete, 727-897-9111; 4004 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-620-4433. salemsgyrosandsubs.com. This place is a lifesaver when you're craving a gyro and fried okra on the way home from a bar crawl.

ST. PETE DINER 1101 34th St N., St. Pete; 727-323-4200. Another late night hangout in the 'Burg that serves classic diner fare all day and night.

TACO BUS 913 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; 813-232-5889, tampatacobus.com. For your late night burrito fix, the Taco Bus stands head and shoulders above Taco Hell. But why stop at the burritos? Get an agua fresca (try the watermelon) to replenish your fluids and wolf down a rich tres leches cake to slake your munchies. What I want to know: when will the bus serve breakfast burritos and tacos all day and night? --Andy Huse

THREE COINS RESTAURANT 7410 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa; 813-239-1256. This humble diner covers all the bases, with no specialty really standing out on the menu. But when it is late and you're desperate for breakfast, a sandwich, or a blue plate special, Three Coins will do. Watch the human menagerie pass by along Nebraska Avenue to remind yourself how good you have it. --Andy Huse

CL regularly presents focused listings of the best dining options in Tampa Bay’s neighborhoods. This week we’re giving you a guide to the spots in Tampa Bay that are best known for their late night dining hours and pre-hangover fare.

ANGIE'S CAFE 200 1st Ave N., St. Pete; 727-823-6437. The gyros and Philly cheese steaks to die for, especially when you're three sheets to the wind in Downtown St. Pete. —James Ostrand

ANYTIME PIZZA 2216 34th St S., St. Pete; 4195 34th St. S., St. Pete; 727-209-2424, anytime-pizza.com. A pizza joint that lives up to its name because it's open and delivers into the wee hours of the morning. And whether it's 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., you can order from their breakfast pizza menu (my pick: the "Cock-a-doodle-YOU") or from their array of specialty salads, wings, soups and appetizers. Call for information and delivery areas.

BENNIGAN'S 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa; 813-223-5108, channelsidebennigans.com. This locally owned franchise of the now defunct chain serves up all of those Bennigan's classics you've missed until late in the night. So the next time you're craving a Turkey O'Toole at midnight, you know where to go.

BURRITO BOARDER 17 3rd Street N., St. Pete; 727-209-0202. burritoboarder.com. Fresh-Mex done well, with healthy options, large portions and a well-stocked hot sauce bar. And if you're not quite done drinking yet, order a cerveza to go with your pre-hangover meal.

CEVICHE 1502 South Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-250-0203; 10 Beach Dr, St. Pete, 727-209-2302; 2930 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, 727-799-3082; cevichetapas.com. All three of Ceviche's locations serve their tasty tapas (and infamous sangria) until close — between 12 and 3 a.m., depending on location. Check locations for hours of operation.

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