Best near-campus late night food: Surfside

Media Credit: Aaron Schwartz | Staff Photographer

Surfside, a taco stand located at 1800 N St. NW, is open 24 hours and has a vast menu of Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Location: 1800 N St. NW
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When the cravings start after a night out, Surfside is The Hatchet’s pick to cure alcohol-induced late-night hunger.

Less than a 20-minute walk from campus, this taco stand has established itself as a local favorite. Surfside also delivers to campus for those less inclined to trek up to Dupont Circle. Most importantly, it is one of the few food places in the District that stays open 24/7 and accepts GWorld.

Burritos, which can be ordered as bowls, and quesadillas are priced from $8.95 to $11.95 and both are staples on the menu. Orders of tacos served with rice allow for more variety, with different proteins and inventive toppings like mandarin oranges, lime sour cream or onion jalapeño relish. Any meal can be topped off with chips and a choice of salsa or guacamole for an extra $3.95.

The stand offers a condensed version of their regular menu between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m., but there are still plenty of options to choose from.

The late-night menu offers some regular menu items, along with three versions of specialty breakfast tacos priced at $7.95 each.

Surfside works to bring the beach to D.C, and does so with the combination of their seafood menu items and the beach-inspired wood paneling and vintage license plates.

Long lines at midnight, mostly made up of large groups coming back from bars, can be found forming outside the tiny stand, proving its status as a premier late-night spot.

When the weather is warm, customers can be seen seated on the steps of surrounding townhouses enjoying their food when the five tables and bench by the stand have filled up.

If a night out has your stomach rumbling, seek out Surfside for a high-quality alternative to the typical late night greasy food choices from Carvings or Gallery.

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