08/01/2012 10:40 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2012

Late-Night Dining In San Francisco: What's The Recipe For Midnight Eats?

This article was originally published on 7x7.

By Marcia Gagliardi

For being such a hardcore food town, SF's late-night dining scene is one of our most embarrassing traits. "We're almost like a real city," says Nopa chef-partner Laurence Jossel. "We call ourselves a metropolis, but really, we roll up the carpets at 9:30 p.m."

Thad Vogler, co-owner of Bar Agricole, chimes in: "The inevitable comparison of San Francisco to New York is a bummer. It's not even relevant. With the state of late-night dining here, we are more like Portland or Seattle."

Even if you don't get out much, the problem of finding food past 10 p.m. is familiar. How many times have you driven across town to grab a bite at a popular restaurant that says it's open until 11 p.m., only to arrive at 10:15 p.m. and find the place dark with the chairs up on the tables? It feels like a betrayal. Not only are you hangry (that's hungry-angry, people) but you won't want to return to this spot that let you down. So even fewer diners go to that restaurant late at night, eventually nudging the restaurant to slip to the SF default closing time of 10 p.m.

Read the rest of the story over at 7x7.