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Where can you get a good late-night meal in Charlotte?

Midnight Diner waitress Bonnie Owens takes menus to customers. The diner is open 24/7.
Midnight Diner waitress Bonnie Owens takes menus to customers. The diner is open 24/7.

In two interviews for unrelated recent episodes of The Good News Is podcast, the same issue with Charlotte dining has come up — Where can you get a good late-night meal in the city?

Shouldn’t we, as a cool, hip, up-and-coming city, have great late-night food options?

The first time it came up was in our conversation with Carolinas Matchmaker Laurie Berzack.

“It seems like there aren’t a lot of late-night places in Charlotte,” Berzack said. “I remember once I landed on a Sunday night and needed to find a place to eat and there were just a handful of places that I could really go at 10 o’clock at night.

“It’s not like New York City where you’re working until late hours and you leave and everything’s open. … So I think the city needs to catch up a little bit with our longer hours.”

Then it came up again, naturally, during our conversation with chefs Bruce Moffett and Clark Barlowe.

“I’d love to see more late-night dining in Charlotte,” Barlowe said. “I know a lot of the cities I’ve been in before you can get out of the kitchen at 11 o’clock and still go get a good quality meal. In Charlotte, if we get out of the kitchen at 10:30, 11 o’clock, like, you’re hard pressed to find something good to eat unless you’re going to cook it yourself.”

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We’re not talking about finding a late-night slice of pizza after bar hopping, or a place with a small, limited late-night bar menu. Those serve a great — and delicious — purpose.

But what if you’re looking for more? What if you get off work late and just want to get a nice, sit-down dinner at 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday?

Unfortunately, your options are limited to mostly diners and places serving bar food.

With the help of a few local restaurant experts — Helen Schwab, Kathleen Purvis and Sarah Crosland from the Observer, and Yelp Charlotte’s Nikki Wolfe — and Berzack’s late-night-eating friend, Jennifer Moxley, we compiled this list of restaurants that keep their kitchens open until at least midnight every night of the week.

Amelie’s French Bakery, NoDa location

– Hours: NoDa location is open 24 hours.

Food: French bakery; soups, salads and sandwiches.

– 2424 N Davidson St., Charlotte.

Carolina Ale House

– Hours: Open until 2 a.m. every day.

Food: Burgers/Pizza/American bar food.

– 201 S. College St., Suite 100, Charlotte.

Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse

– Hours: Open until 2 a.m. everyday (except for the Mooresville location).

Food: Cheesesteaks/burgers/pizzas/wings/salads/etc.

Various locations in Ballantyne, Huntersville, Park Road, uptown and Mooresville

Jack Beagles

– Hours: Kitchen open until 2 a.m. weekdays and Sunday; 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Food: Burgers/sandwiches/mac and cheese.

– 3213 N Davidson St., Charlotte

Landmark Diner

– Hours: Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-3 a.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-4 a.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-midnight.

Food: Classic diner dishes; breakfast all day.

– 4429 Central Avenue, Charlotte.

Midnight Diner

– Hours: Open 24 hours

Food: Standard diner food; breakfast all day.

– 115 East Carson Street, Charlotte

Pint Central

– Hours: Food served until midnight daily (bar stays open until 2 a.m.).

Food: “Argentinian, American, and European-influenced tapas and entrées.”

– 1226 Central Ave Suite A, Charlotte.

The Roasting Company

– Hours: Kitchen open until 1:45 a.m. every day.

Food: Rotisserie chicken, plus “a menu that creatively mixes southern and ‘south of the border’ ingredients.”

– 1521 Montford Dr., Charlotte

Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse

– Hours: Open until 2 a.m. every day.

Food: Pub fare, “a new take on Old World standards.”

– 4151 Park Road, Charlotte. (Park Road Shopping Center)

Skyland Family Restaurant

– Hours: Open 24 hours

Food: Home-style, comfort food; breakfast all day.

– 4544 South Blvd. A, Charlotte.

Soul Gastrolounge

– Hours: Full dinner until midnight every day. (Closes at 2 a.m.)

Food: Tapas/Sushi

– 1500-B Central Ave., Charlotte.

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Photo: Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer; Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer

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