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It’s Late at Night, You’re Hungry: Where Can You Go?

The best places around campus to grab an after-hours bite

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You’ve been cramming for tomorrow’s exam, prepping for a presentation, or rushing to get a paper finished, and you’ve worked through dinner. It’s now 10:30 and your stomach is rumbling. Where can you grab a late meal on the cheap? Fortunately, there are a number of eateries—on campus and nearby—where you can assuage those late-night (or early-morning) hunger pangs without breaking the bank. We’ve listed some for you.

Bay State Underground
100 Bay State Road

students chat and eat inside Bay State Underground

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18, COM’20)

Bay State Underground, in the Yawkey Center for Student Services basement, where Late Night Kitchen and RiZe used to be, is the newest dining spot on campus. It offers later hours and a new menu, featuring modern takes on comfort food and fresh, local, sustainable fare, all made in-house. Items include sharing boards with vegan spreads, spicy tuna nachos, and create-your-own brick-oven flatbreads. Customers can eat in or take out. There’s plenty of comfy seating for lounging or studying. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 7 pm to midnight, Thursday through Saturday, 7 pm to 2 am.

Tasty Burger
1301 Boylston St.

Tasty Burger

Just across the street from Fenway Park, you’ll find one of the city’s favorite burger joints. Tasty Burger keeps its grill going until the wee hours of the morning, offering all manner of delicious combinations for a modest $6.25—from the Big Tasty (cheese, lettuce, pickle, red onion, tomato, and Tasty sauce) to the Rise ’n Shine (cheese, fried egg, and ketchup) and beyond. Hours: open until 2 am seven days a week.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill
645 Beacon St.

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18, COM’20)

In 1943, Uno Pizzeria & Grill founder Ike Sewell allegedly created the first Chicago deep-dish pizza. Since then, the restaurant has grown into a chain with nearly 100 locations. Deep-dish pizzas remain Uno’s specialty: options include the Chicago Classic (extra cheese, extra sausage) and the vegetarian Farmer’s Market (caramelized onions, spinach, tomatoes, eggplant, pesto, and feta). It’s not all pizzas—also on offer are a wide range of pasta, seafood, steaks, burgers, soups, and salads. Hours: open until 12:30 am seven days a week.

Warren Late Nite Café
700 Commonwealth Ave.

Warren Late Night Cafe

Late Nite Café opens a half hour after the Warren Towers dining hall closes each night. Famous for its BU Platter—a plate of curly fries, mozzarella sticks, and chicken fingers ($7.49) (great for sharing)—the café also offers a large selection of wings, sandwiches, and smoothies. And for those craving something sweet, it serves up a small selection of ice cream and candy. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10:30 pm to 1 am, and Friday to Sunday, 9:30 pm to 1 am.

Insomnia Cookies
708 Commonwealth Ave.

Insomnia Cookies

Few desserts are as iconic—or as comforting—as a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Don’t have an oven of your own to whip up a batch? No worries. Insomnia Cookies is the answer. In addition to chocolate chip, you can also stock up on sugar, oatmeal raisin, and s’mores cookies, chocolate-chip brownies, and more. Best of all? In addition to being open late, Insomnia will even deliver if you live nearby. Hours: Sunday through Thursday until 3 am, Friday and Saturday until 4 am.

Otto Pizza
888 Commonwealth Ave.

Otto Pizza

Founded in Portland, Maine, in 2009, Otto Pizza has earned a reputation for its imaginative pies. Think mashed potato and bacon or three-cheese tortellini. And yes, you can still get a slice of plain cheese or pepperoni to go. Hours: open until midnight seven days a week.

Sunset Cantina
916 Commonwealth Ave.

Sunset Cantina

This affordable Mexican establishment won BU Today’s inaugural Lunch Madness tournament in 2016, where we asked members of the BU community to vote for their favorite lunch spot. The restaurant’s expansive menu, which includes monstrous portions of nachos, wings, ribs, and more, is available well after most places have closed, making it an ideal spot for a group looking for a late-night nosh. Hours: Sunday until midnight (food served until 10:45 pm), Monday through Thursday until 1 am (food served until 11:45 pm), and Friday and Saturday until 2 am (food served until 12:45 pm).

T’s Pub
973 Commonwealth Ave.

exterior of T's pub at night

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18, COM’20)

Whether you’re looking to catch a Boston sports game or grab a late-night bite, T’s Pub has you covered. On the west end of campus, T’s is popular with students and residents alike. The pub boasts a great selection of wings, burgers, sandwiches, and salad bowls. If you dare, try the Terrier wings: their house-made habanero sauce makes them “fiercely hot.” Food is served each night until 11 pm, although the pub stays open until 2 am.

T. Anthony’s Pizzeria
1016 Commonwealth Ave.

Inside of T. Anthony's
T. Anthony’s boasts one of the most active kitchens of any nearby late-night restaurant. Drawn by its low prices and high-quality entrées, like grilled chicken and steak tips, as well as pizza by the slice and a massive choice of subs, this unprepossessing restaurant is always filled with hungry patrons. While you wait for your order, be sure to check out the walls: they’re covered with photos of BU athletic events and autographs from Terriers who have gone on to play in the pros. Hours: Sunday to Thursday until 1 am, and Friday and Saturday until 2 am.

Rhett’s West
273 Babcock St.

inside of Rhett's West

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18, COM’20)

Rhett’s West, opened in fall 2017, has new hours of operation this year. On weekends, it’s open until 3 am, making it one of the last eateries on campus to close. In addition to the popular burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, smoothies, and milkshakes, Rhett’s West’s revamped menu now includes cheese fries, grain bowls, and iced coffee. Students can pay with cash or credit card, as well as with convenience or dining points. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 8 pm to 1:30 am, Thursday through Saturday, 8 pm to 3 am.

Anna’s Taqueria
446 Harvard St., Brookline

Anna's Taqueria
The popular Boston chain is a short walk from campus, but well worth the trip. You’ll find fare from a supersize burrito to all kinds of Mexican street food. You choose your own fillings and toppings, the food’s delicious, and you can’t beat the price. Hours: until 11:30 pm seven days a week.

When the snow starts falling (and it won’t be long now), you may not feel like leaving your cozy dorm room or apartment. Just remember, there’s always Domino’s to the rescue. The pizza chain will deliver until 3 am seven days a week, and you can even use convenience points to pay.

Have other suggestions for nearby late-night eateries? Add them in the Comment section below.

Harry Jones (COM’19) can be reached at joneshj@bu.edu

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2 Comments on It’s Late at Night, You’re Hungry: Where Can You Go?

  • Julia Samuelian on 10.29.2018 at 12:37 pm

    Blaze Pizza, just past West Campus on Comm Ave, offers 6 specialty personal pizzas and personal pizzas with unlimited toppings.

  • hector on 12.05.2018 at 9:28 pm

    AND I am surprised no one mentiones Victoria Seafood Restaurant next to 1019. Opens till 1am and food way better than most places

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