Story and photo by Felicia Jorden

Have you ever felt that jabbing pain of hunger while studying late at night?  If so, this brief guide is for the hangry, the munchers, and everyone in between. Here are five local late-night eats that stay open until 12 a.m. or later and that every college student should know about.  

1. Taqueria El Rinconsito of Bellevue – 2255 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005 

The first place on the list is Taqueria El Rinconsito. Located in Bellevue, it is about an 11 minute drive from NU. This restaurant serves authentic Mexican food that will not disappoint. They are open Monday – Thursday 10 to 12 a.m., Fridays from 10 to 1 a.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. If you’re craving tacos, make sure to order their four tacos plus a drink for a $4.99 deal.  Whether you want to dine in or take out, Taqueria El Riconsito has got you covered. 

2. Twilight 7 Asian Dining & Karaoke Lounge – 2217 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005 

The second restaurant on our list is Twilight 7. This restaurant serves traditional Chinese food. Twilight also provides private karaoke rooms where you can kick back with friends, eat, and sing. It is about 11 minutes away from NU, located in Bellevue right across from Taqueria El Rinconsito. The hours are 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.  

3. Burgermaster – 10606 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98004  

The third fast food restaurant on our list is Burgermaster. This is a classic late-night drive-in burger, shakes, and fries joint. Burgermaster is a six minute drive away from NU. It is open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For your next late-night food run, make sure to head on over to get a mouthwatering greasy burger and fries from Burgermaster. 

 4. ALADDIN GYRO-CERY & DELI – 4143 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 

This next late night eat is a Seattle staple. Aladdin’s serves Mediterranean style food and is known for their gyros and Aladdin’s greek fries. This restaurant is about a 17 minute drive from NU. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Sundays.

5. Beth’s Café – 7311 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 

The last late night eats restaurant we will talk about is Beth’s Café. This is an iconic American diner with a Seattle grunge twist. Beth’s is known for their tasty breakfast food, especially their 12-egg omelets and famously large portions, which make for a whole meal and a snack. It is about a 20 minute drive from NU and they are opened 24 hours.

These places will not just satisfy those hunger pains but also be a fun place to grab a bite to eat with friends. In college, staying up late and into the wee hours of the morning is inevitable, so why not go a grab a bite and make it an unforgettable adventure with friends.