Have you ever been stuck hungry in the midst of that no-man’s land time between lunch and dinner with no good restaurant options? Or perhaps you’ve just had a mental block as to what restaurants are worth going to that are even open? And while it does seem like so many restaurants these days are closed between lunch and dinner or not even open during lunch, I’ve hit the pavement and found 12 top restaurants open between lunch and dinner service.
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Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Establishments also appear in alphabetical order instead of in order of preference.
1. Float Pasadena: It’s hard not to fall in love with Float just by walking inside; on an airy side street of a shopping drag in ‘Dena, Float is a small and bright shop with some tables outside, a little bar inside, and a large selection of gourmet sodas and changing ice cream flavors. Monday to Saturday, Float is open from morning (8AM/9AM) to night (8PM/9PM), so there are no boundaries to when you can get a fancy float.
2. Gobi Mongolian BBQ House: Along with the regular happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4PM-7PM) with $5 cocktails and wine plus $1 off select beers, there are daily specials. Gobi’s all you-can-eat Saturday and Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm, with all-day happy hour on Thursday. For delicious stir-fried veggies, meats, and sauces head over to Gobi, anytime between 11:30AM and dinnertime.
3. Hayat’s Kitchen: For a restaurant this good, you’d expect a little more curbside fanfare. (Fun fact: Hayat’s is across the street from Circus Liquor, seen in “Clueless” with the giant clown outside.) When you do enter Hayat’s, you enter into a sort of NoHo haven of Lebanese cuisine, open from 11AM-10PM. The whole menu is stellar, but we recommend the hummus with meat.
4. La Casita Mexicana: For truly authentic Mexican food in SoCal, head over to La Casita Mexicana in Bell. You’ll be able to taste food from all over Mexico (the chile en Nogada is exceptional), expertly crafted by chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo & Ramiro Arvizu. La Casita Mexicana blesses LA with its food from 9AM-10PM all week long.