Late night? No problem.
Nothing cures a case of the after-midnight munchies better than a slice or two, and Mesa Pizza is on it, featuring several dozen inexpensive, quick-service options, at three handy locations. Dinkytown keeps the ovens burning as late as 3 a.m. (Thursday through Saturday), Uptown stays busy until 2:45 a.m. (Friday and Saturday) and Stadium Village serves until 2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday).
1323 SE. 4th St., Mpls., 612-436-3006; 1440 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-206-3026; 921 Washington Av. SE., Mpls., 612-355-4400, www.mesapizzamn.com
Nicollet Diner is a Twin Cities rarity: A we-never-close operation, serving short-order style breakfast all day (and night), plus a long list of burgers, deep-fried delicacies and hand-mixed malts, in peppy surroundings.
1428 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-399-6258, www.thenicolletdiner.com
Where do restaurant industry types chill out after they close their kitchens? At Nightingale. Chef/co-owner Carrie McCabe-Johnston fortifies her diners with appealing bruschettas, a dozen small-ish shareable plates (do not miss the shawarma-seasoned artichoke hearts) and a handful of big-appetite options, including a remarkable aged Cheddar cheeseburger. Kitchen open to 1 a.m. daily.
2551 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-7060, www.nightingalempls.com