The Midnight DinersThe Midnight Diners

The Midnight Diners is a regular collaboration between KQED food editor Luke Tsai and artist Thien Pham. Follow them each week as they explore the hot pot restaurants, taco carts and 24-hour casino buffets that make up the Bay Area’s after-hours dining scene.

Two men devouring a bowl of soup noodles and a plate of fried tofu, with chopsticks in their hands.

This Sleek Taiwanese Street Food Lounge Serves Beef Noodle Soup Until 2:30 a.m.

A spread of Indian food on an outdoor table, including a rice combination tray, two samosas, a mango lassi and a plate of dahi puri. A man puts one of the dahi puri in his mouth.

Sunnyvale’s Hottest Late-Night Food Spot Is the 24-Hour Indian Grocery Store

Two men devour a Turkish cheese bread, pulling the stretchy cheese away from their mouths with grotesque expressions on their face.

This Turkish Kebab Spot Is a Late-Night Oasis in the Outer East Bay Suburbs

Two men in glasses devouring their food ravenously. There's a big bowl of shrimp and crawfish in front of them.

This Viet-Cajun Spot in San Jose Serves the Freshest Crawfish Boils Until 4 a.m.

Illustration of two men eating hot dogs standing up, inside the hot dog shop. Behind them, a woman adds ketchup to her hot dog.

Top Dog Is Just as Good as You Remember

Illustration: In a tented dining area, a man holds a large shrimp taco while his companion stuffs a huarache into his mouth.

This San Jose Food Truck Slings Tiny Pancakes and Big-Ass Tacos Until 3 a.m.

A man devours a spread of barbecue: brisket, ribs, collard greens, potato salad.

San Bruno’s Late-Night BBQ Spot Is a Temple to Hip-Hop and Smoky Brisket

Man cuts a piece of prime rib while eating at the bar.

Marin County’s Best Late-Night Restaurant Is a Poker Room With $26 Prime Rib

Illustration of a spread of Korean food, including fried chicken wings, kimchi stew, rice cakes in cream sauce, and bowls of white rice.

Korean Fried Chicken Is the Perfect Late-Night Bar Snack