It’s 2 a.m. You’ve been out, maybe seeing a band, maybe hanging out with friends. You’re hungry. The good news is, ff you’re in Memphis, you’ve got options. Here are some local places that are open late for 24 hour party people like you:
1. Gibson’s Donuts (760 Mount Moriah Road)
The beauty of Gibson’s is that it never, ever closes. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’ve got a variety of donut options, but you can’t go wrong with the World’s Fair donut. Insider tip: the donuts are at their warm, gooey best around 4 a.m.
2. Alex’s Tavern (1445 Jackson Avenue)
Alex’s is a late-night favorite of service industry types, cops, neighborhood locals and Rhodes students. They’ve got an excellent jukebox (I was serenaded with “Ziggy Stardust” by a Rhodes student the last time I was there), and shuffleboard. If you’re hungry, try the Greek burger – it’s greasy, filling and perfect with a PBR. Note – Alex’s is cash only.
3. Cockadoos (85 South 2nd Street)
During the week, Cockadoos is a downtown coffee and lunch spot. On Friday and Saturday nights, they open at midnight, making it the perfect place to grab breakfast on your way home from a night out downtown. Try their house special drink, the Cockawhat with the Shag, a delicious peanut butter and banana french toast monstrosity.
4. CK’s Coffee Shop (locations all over town)
Just about everyone in Memphis has a late-night-at-CK’s story. The local chain is under new management, and they’ve done a little bit of menu revamping. Don’t worry, though – CK’s will always be more Waffle House than Chez Phillipe. Expect greasy spoon breakfasts, decent coffee and plenty of interesting people watching.
5. Pancake Shop (4838 Summer Avenue)
The Pancake Shop on Summer is utilitarian and efficient, but it it totally gets the job done. It’s a classic all-night diner. The food is decent (if a little greasy), and you can expect the waitresses to call you “baby” and “honey” and “darlin’”.