By Mario McKellop

Sometimes, after a night of quality partying or getting off the late shift, nothing in the world is more appealing than a nice hot meal. Sure, there are fast food places open but they rarely have anything healthy or particularly tasty on offer. Sadly, in Northeast Ohio, it’s not always easy to find a quality restaurant in the wee hours of the morning. To address the late-night hunger pangs, here are the five best 24-hour restaurants in Cleveland.

The Big Egg
5107 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 281-1600

Living up to its name, The Big Egg is an Americana/Middle Eastern-themed restaurant that has attracted a die-hard audience with its fantastic egg dishes. This eatery also offers burgers, pasta and wraps, but specialties like the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich, which includes eggs, peppers and onions on a cheese biscuit, are what drive its repeat business. Its omelet selections, which include a pizza dish and a meat packed delight called the Superman, are also highly recommended. Be advised, while the Big Egg’s breakfast menu is offered all day, every day, it’s only open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Steve’s Diner 
Biddulph Plaza
6850 Biddulph Road
Cleveland, OH 44144
(216) 351-0200

The platonic ideal of the classic American diner, Steve’s serves all the greasy spoon favorites at very reasonable prices. Although its menu has been greatly diversified since its opening in 1955, Steve’s began life as a hot dog joint and it’s $1.75 chili dogs are still among its best dishes. For breakfast at dawn fans, its skillet breakfasts are both hearty and delicious. For those who crave serious protein after midnight, it’s double bacon cheeseburger is incomparable and its cheesesteak is one of the best to be found outside the City of Brotherly Love itself.

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My Friends Restaurant 
11616 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 221-2575

Anyone seeking a full range of menu options during the twilight hours should definitely head to My Friends Restaurant. Those wanting to close out the night with breakfast can partake in some Texas of French toast or crisp Belgian waffles. Lunch lovers will flip for its twisted Rubens and smoked turkey Cobb wraps. And people who want a quality dinner in the a.m. will greatly enjoy its honey-dipped fried chicken, three cheese fettuccine or its scrumptious baby beef liver flavor.

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Sidewalk Café
27101 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44132
(216) 289-1211

If you’re craving some refined cuisine on the eve of sunrise, the Sidewalk Café is the place to go. For something light, the homemade tomato basil soup and the grilled salmon are both highly recommended. If something more filling is called for, the grilled chicken Philly and avocado chicken Paninis are both solid choices. And anyone who has worked/danced up a sizable appetite won’t be disappointed by the chicken kebob platter or the grilled Gyro plate, which comes with a delectable Greek salad.

Rubin’s Deli & Restaurant 
14651 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH
(216) 671-5556

Those seeking scrumptious and satisfying hot sandwiches after midnight need to pay a visit to Rubin’s Deli & Restaurant. It’s Monte Cristo, which features turkey, chicken and Swiss cheese piled high on French toast is heavenly. Its triple decker Rocky sandwich is filled with enough roast beef, pastrami and coleslaw Swiss cheese to quell even the most severe case of the munchies. And its open faced steak supreme, made with charbroiled rib eye, grilled mushrooms and onions and melted mozzarella cheese, must be tasted to be believed.