Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Open 24 Hours

If you're looking for some grub nearly any time of the day, you can find a restaurant to suit you in Morgantown. In fact, most restaurants  downtown are open nearly all night on the weekends. Notice that I said "nearly." Sometimes, for whatever reason, we find ourselves starving at around 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. or some random time like that. And, most restaurants have closed shop for the night and haven't opened back up for the day. Except your fast food joints, like McDonald's and Taco Bell.

Bless the hearts of those who are open all the time. We don't have many of them, but 2.5 has been enough for this town.

1. Eat'n Park
Opening nearly 50 years ago near Pittsburgh, Eat'n Park is now a tri-state area chain with more than 75 restaurants in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. It's the only sit-down restaurant in town that's guaranteed to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


I have fond memories of Eat'n Park through high school - when you first get your license, this means you can go to restaurants alone, and nothing is more fun than doing that at 2 a.m. when you're 16. I don't just go to Eat'n Park when it's the only place open - I actually like it. And, that could be due to my biases. But I think they're pretty good!


My favorites are: smiley face cookie, gourmet grilled cheese, buffalo chicken salad


2. Sheetz
Sheetz, which I've reviewed, was actually started in Pennsylvania. There was a Sheetz near my hometown, too, but I never paid much attention to it - it's a gas station. It wasn't built until I was a little bit older, and I was never that interested. Only recently did I realize it has an almost cult-like following, and their food isn't actually bad. Also, it is open 24 hours.

This place is no fine dining, but if you need grub, in a grab-and-go fashion, this is a good place. It's an alternative to sitting down at Eat'n Park, and a little different from the typical fast-food drive-thru.

My favorites are: chicken quesadilla, Mac 'N Cheese Bites


3. IHOP on weekends
Even though I feel like this place should be open 24 hours, it's only open constantly during the weekend. That's why it's only "half" open 24 hours. Isn't the best time to get a pancake when you aren't able to get a pancake? I'm sure that's some kind of law. Luckily, we do have this luxury on the weekends.

My favorites are: spinach and mushroom omeletteNew York cheesecake pancakes, stuffed french toast


Did I miss any places that are open 24 hours a day? What about any that come close?