Need sustenance after midnight? Here are eight great options:
Amelies: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this French bakery is a popular hangout in Charlottes artsy NoDa district. Locals cant seem to get enough of the salted caramel brownies or the quirky Paris shabby-chic décor and free Wi-Fi. 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-376-1781; www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com.
Fuel Pizza Café: Quick, cheap and easy to find, pizzas at Fuel are New York-style, with a range of ingredients on a foldable crust. Fuel is known for pizza (which can be ordered gluten-free), but Buffalo wings are also popular. Stop by The Original Fuel on Central (1501 Central Ave.), Fuel Southend (1801 South Blvd.) and Fuel Hearst Tower (corner of Sixth and College streets), open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. www.fuelpizza.com.
Jackalope Jacks Restaurant & Bar: Located in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood, this casual, pub-style eatery features a dog-friendly deck with mist-blowing fans to cool you down on summer nights. With sides like jalapeno mac and cheese, Mississippi caviar, collard greens and fried okra, who needs an entrée? The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1936 E. Seventh St. 704-347-1918; www.jackalopejacks.com.
Kickstand Charlotte Burgers -n- Bar: This bicycle-themed neighborhood hangout is known for burgers with fun names like The Morning Ride and Fender Bender that are made with hormone- and steroid-free Angus beef. There are also a few beefless burgers on the menu, made with turkey, veggie or shrimp. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1101 Central Ave. 704-332-1010; www.kickstandcharlotte.com.
Macs Speed Shop: This serves up classic favorites prepared with a twist, from a hearty platter of Beer Can Chicken to Carolina Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket with all the fixins. All three of its Charlotte-area locations are open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 2511 South Blvd. (also until 2 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday); 2414 Sandy Porter Road (also until 2 a.m. Thursday); 19601 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius. www.macspeedshop.com.
Landmark Diner: This late-night diner (open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday) in east Charlotte has a vast menu, from breakfast items and seafood to Italian- and Greek-inspired fare such as penne rustica, parmesan-encrusted tilapia, chicken parmesan, moussaka and spanakopita (spinach pie). 4429 Central Ave. 704-532-1153.
Matties Diner: Located in the NC Music Factory area, this retro diner is open around the clock Thursday through Saturday. At Matties, comfort food is served up in hearty portions. Macaroni and cheese, fried pickles, meatloaf, breakfast all day and 25 varieties of handspun milkshakes are all on the menu. Save room for a Fried Oreo sundae or the housemade peach cobbler. 915 Hamilton St. 704-376-1020; www.mattiesdiner.com.
Soul Gastrolounge: Here, the bar is always packed, and seats are hard to come by. The bountiful menu features pork belly tacos, baba ganoush (smoked eggplant dip), soul rolls (sushi spiked with fiery jalapeño) and lamb lollipops. DJ-spun music and crafted cocktails give Soul a clublike vibe. Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 1500-B Central Ave. 704-348-1848; www.soulgastrolounge.com.