After long night of raucous festivities, it is not uncommon for UCLA students to experience the phenomena of extreme cravings that can only be assuaged by a select few Westwood eateries. When the hunger strikes, it is sometimes a race against the clock to get to a favorite food establishment before closing time, but luckily we can rely on these to places to be there for us, serving up greasy goodness well into the night.
In-N-Out, 922 Gayley Ave., (800) 786-1000
Regarded by many as the Mecca of fast food burger joints, In-N-Out always promises consistently delicious burgers, fries and shakes at unbeatable prices. Students are lured toward its bright yellow and red sign like moths, and it is always entertaining to go just before closing time and witness the dejected looks on people’s faces who try to enter just a few minutes too late. Dinner and a show! Open until 1:00 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and until 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fat Sal’s, 972 Gayley Ave., (310) 208-5070
Do not let the size of Fat Sal’s fool you. This little shack serves up enormous subs and loaded fries. Can’t decide whether you feel like a cheese steak, chicken fingers or mozzarella sticks? Just order the Fat Anthony and you can have it all and then some, piled onto a hero. Fat Sal’s also delivers, and is open so late that I’ve never personally seen it closed.
Tommy Taco, 970 Gayley Ave., (310) 824-4114
Fat Sal’s next-door-neighbor Tommy slings outrageous burritos, tacos, burgers and fries from an even tinier pink shack. Try a traditional steak burrito, or go big with a “Frankenstein Style” burrito (if you can even still call it a burrito) filled with four bacon wrapped hot dogs smothered with chili, cheese, fries, avocado and sour cream. Depending on the day, Tommy Taco is open until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.
Italian Express, 1085 Lindbrook Dr., (310) 208-5572
I don’t know anyone who has actually been inside Italian Express, but they are supreme for cheap, fast delivery and will bring you a hot fresh pizza until 3:00 a.m. Don’t forget to order a side of garlic cheese rolls!
Be sure to party responsibly, but definitely feel free to throw caution to the wind when you indulge at these Westwood late-night favorites.