Late-night is the best time to eat. There are no rules and almost anything can happen. Whatever the case — whether it involves innocent studying or a bit too much rum — you know you’re in for adventure. Whatever the result, cookies covered in frosting shoved inside Oreos, goldfish on your pizza, or a food cart hot dog, it’s sure to be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted. And though you may try to recapture the moment, it will never be quite so phenomenal as that time it was half past a bottle of wine on the cusp of tomorrow. With that, I bestow upon you a list of late-night eateries and a wink, for I hope you have as much fun as I have had.
And don’t forget, drunk cooking looks like this.
Dough Co. serves up a selection of calzones and cookies. Calzones range from cheese to potato and bacon and cost $7.00. Chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter and oatmeal cookies are available for $4.00 per batch of 4. Drop by the store or have it delivered for a $1.00 fee. 1337 Hillyard St.; (541) 485-7459; Open + delivery until 3 a.m.
Horsehead is your go-to place for gloriously greasy late-night food. Delve into bacon cheese fries, wings, chicken strips, fried pickles and much more. Horsehead also has a great selection of Southern-inspired comfort food like mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chicken, and gumbo. And of course, the national go-to drunk food: nachos. 99 West Broadway; (541) 683-3154; Open until 2:30 a.m.; 21+
Sam Bond’s Garage dishes up pizza, sandwiches and soup until closing time, around 1 or 2 a.m. depending on the day. Be warned, you’re sure to go almost-deaf if there’s live music (which can be good or bad depending on who you want to go with and whether or not you want to talk to them). 407 Blair Blvd.; (541) 431-6603; Open until 1 a.m./ 2 a.m.-ish; 21+
Sy’s Pizza: by the slice or whole pie, Sy’s is a great place for a delicious, topping-rich pizza. You’re looking at spending about $3 for a slice and $25 for a medium-sized pizza. 1211 Alder St.; (541) 686-9598; Open until midnight Sun.-Thurs. and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
Izakaya Meiji Company is the North Star of the Whiteaker (don’t worry, Ninkasi can be Aldebaran). This modern, East-meets-West eatery serves up some of the best food in Eugene. You’ll find small plates of Northwest-inspired sushi, rice balls in various sauces, fish, curry, soba and even fries. Don’t miss the Sunday burger special, you get a Meiji burger (grass fed beef patty, served on English muffin with teriyaki coleslaw, lettuce and onion and fries) a bourbon and a beer for $10. Now that’s called winning. 345 Van Buren Street; (541) 505-8804; Open until 1 a.m.; 21+ after 10 p.m.
McMenamins High Street: Both McMenamins are open until 1 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and midnight on Sun. but the High Street cafe has a killer fire-pit outside, which makes for great conversation/atmosphere. Expect slightly-overpriced Northwest fare and horribly slow service. Burgers, salads, sandwiches. Superb late-night happy hour — go for the hummus and veggies for $3.50 or the $6 cheeseburger. 1243 High Street; (541) 345-4905; Open until 1 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and midnight on Sun.
Rennie’s has some great traditional bar food. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, nachos, salads and fries are some of the things you’ll find on their menu. I’ve definitely enjoyed the food at Rennie’s, both tipsy and sober. However, I haven’t tried to order food at 1 a.m. on a Friday night, so I don’t know how likely that is to get you kicked out of the bar. From what I’ve seen they don’t seem to mind, but I’m not making any promises. Whatever the outcome just be nice, these places are super-slammed and have to deal with all our bullshit all night. 1214 Kincaid St.; (541) 687-0600; Open until 2 a.m.; 21+
Burrito Boy is that guilty indulgence you feel embarrassed about the next day. It’s that thing you get when you’re incredibly drunk and it’s oh-so-good until the next day when you wake up snuggling a mess of hours-old sour cream and cheese. Burritos, nachos, tacos — it all tastes wonderful and it’s scarily cheap. 510 East Broadway; (541) 344-8070; Open always
Cornucopia: I’ve addressed my feelings about Cornucopia’s Philly cheese steak here, so I won’t describe to you again how much I like it. However, I will tell you that Cornucopia is simply divine. Besides wonderful food and entertaining servers, they run specials all week and have some of the funnest events in town (comedy night is incredibly laugh-worthy). Pick from sandwiches, a million and a half, giant salads, appetizers, and traditional entrees like chicken pot pie. 295 West 17th Ave.; (541) 485-2300; Open until 2 a.m.; 21+
Voodoo Doughnuts: If you’re craving something sweet Voodoo is your place. Voodoo dolls are great but so are sprinkle-covered doughnuts, maple bars and Fruit Loop-covered doughnuts. The bacon maple bar is a must try, for sure and what’s the point of a late night Voodoo trip without a youthful-behavior inspiring cock-n-balls doughnut? Be sure and remember cash they’re anti-credit card-y. 20 East Broadway; (541) 868-8666; Never-ending hours (except holidays). If you live in West Eugene, Dizzy Deans at 2380 West 11th Ave. is a great alternative.
You can also usually find food carts near Barmuda and campus until shortly after the bars have closed. Chains like Taco Bell, McDonalds, Shari’s and Ihop are open around the clock as well.