Best Late-Night Dining 

3rd Street Diner

Readers' Pick

218 E. Main St.

Second Place: Galaxy Diner

Third Place: City Dogs

Let's say, hypothetically, that you're drunk. Assume that in this hypothetical scenario you're also hungry. To soak up the excess alcohol sloshing around inside that belly, you're going to need food. In Richmond your options are depressingly limited. But that's why 3rd Street Diner endures. Where else but Richmond's oldest working greasy spoon — it's been a working restaurant since 1926 — can the happily imbibed congregate, as they do, and gorge themselves on a breakfast buffet (served from 2 to 6 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday)? Is the food itself all that tasty? At 5 a.m., after you've just stumbled out of an after-hours spot, does it matter? "We're just a few blocks from all the nightclubs," says Charles Simpson, who manages the weekend night shift. "Drunk people sometimes get on tables and start dancing. They come to eat it off. But mostly, they just want to have a good time." Also, 6 a.m. is when the bar reopens, he notes. Party on.


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