Not to long ago, the Metroplex closed up late at night. Not anymore. With the increase of new residents to the DFW area from California, New York and Chicago, hours of nightlife have expanded. It doesn’t matter if you work a second shift and want to go out after work or are just a late-night person, Dallas has plenty of options when it comes to late night dining.
Zenna Restaurant
2500 N. Central Expy.
Plano, TX 75074
(214) 473-9797
www.zennarestaurant.com

If you get a craving for Thai, Japanese or sushi then Zenna Restaurant located in Plano is your late-night spot. Zenna is open until 3:00 a.m. seven days a week and offers a complete dinner menu until close. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, pollotarian, carnivore or omnivore, you will find something to your liking. Not in the mood to drive to Plano? Zenna Restaurant has three other locations including downtown Dallas, North Dallas at Rosemeade Parkway. near Midway Road and in Mesquite. All locations are open until 3:00 a.m.

Velvet Taco
3012 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8358
www.velvettaco.com/dallas

The original Velvet Taco on Henderson Ave. off Central Expressway has quickly made itself an iconic staple in taco greatness. The menu is simple, but this is not your everyday ground beef taco joint. You order by number and you everything is delicious. Want to try something exotic? Then go for the WTF (the weekly taco feature) which could be anything from Ahi tuna, teriyaki chicken taco or whatever John Franke the head chef has dreamed up. Dessert is a deep, dark red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting topped with a caramel sauce. The best thing is that Velvet Taco is open until 2:00 a.m. Sun.-Wed., Thurs. until 3:00 a.m. and Fri.-Sat. until 5:00 a.m. If you see a long line, don’t get discouraged, it moves fairly quickly and it is worth the wait.

Zalat Pizza
2519 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 573-2007
www.zalatpizza.com

Open until 4:00 a.m. seven days a week, ZaLat is the go-to-place for late-night pizza in Dallas. Khanh Nguyen opened Vietnamese DaLat across the street five years ago and decided he wanted a place for people to go to after the bars close at 2:00 a.m., so he opened ZaLat. While they have only been open a little over a year, ZaLat has been that go to place. They offer 14-inch and 18-inch pizzas and roasts whole Roma tomatoes in-house to make their tomato sauce and use all-beef pepperoni. One can order a basic pepperoni pizza or go for something a little more eclectic like the Loaded Notato pizza. It tastes like a loaded baked potato, but there’s no potato topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, chives, blue cheese ranch swirl and garnished with chives or the Pho Shizzle which tastes like a bowl of Vietnamese Pho in pizza form with chicken, red bell peppers, caramelized onions, topped with Hoisin and Sriracha swirls.

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Ol’ South Pancake House
1509 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 336-0311
www.olsouthpancakehouse.com

Located near the TCU campus, the Ol’ South Pancake House is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving Fort Worth for nearly 55 years. Their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is available anytime they are open, which is 24 hours a day. Their world famous German pancake with powdered sugar and lemon is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. You can enjoy a vegetable plate while a dining companion orders a build-your-own omelet or the T-Rex half-pounder, which is a burger on a toasted bun topped with lettuce, tomato and pickle and a side of French fries.

Buffalo Bros. Pizza Wings & Subs
3015 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 386-9601
www.buffalobrostexas.com

Directly across the street from the TCU campus is Buffalo Bros. Taking its name from Buffalo, New York, the friendly staff of Buffalo Bros. serves wings, pizza and subs until 2:00 a.m. seven days a week. Their portions are substantial so one should come hungry. They offer eight different sauces for their wings and chicken fingers and their signature cocktail, Frosty Buffalo (Buffalo Trace Whiskey and Coca-Cola) is a cool way to wash down the “suicide-sauced” wings. They also have 48 flat screen, high definition televisions throughout and show all USC fights with no cover charge.

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