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Houston's 10 Best Late-Night Dining Options

Good morning, sunshine. Did you have a long night? I hope not; it's only Thursday. Get ahold of yourself, man. Those long nights should be reserved for Friday and Saturday wee-small-hours-of-the-morning-type deals; mid-week debauchery is so 1990s.

Regardless of when you're staying up super late (or why), Houston's increasing number of late-night dining options are affording you more choices than ever in 3 a.m. pancakes or midnight po-boys. It wasn't so long ago that you had to pick from a short roster of places -- most of them with the word "House" in their name somewhere -- to satisfy late-night/early-morning cravings, but that's not the case anymore.

Of course, spots like Waffle House, House of Pies, the International House of Pancakes (see what I mean?) and Whataburger are still as great as ever when you really need to have a short stack and grits at 2 a.m. -- but if diner food isn't calling your name late at night, here are our 10 (okay, more like 16) picks for the best spots to satisfy that witching hour craving.

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Katharine Shilcutt