Whether in North or South County, these Coast Highway-located 24-hour diners are where night owls meet the early birds and the menu weighs a ton. And so will you, if you finish the mountain that is the normal portion size. The pies as well as the biscuits and country gravy with chopped sausage and bacon are made in-house, and the burgers and malts or low-cal/healthy options or fries smothered all kinds of ways just scratch the surface of what can fill a belly in the wee hours, whether after a show or when the drunk and disorderly has worn off.
16341 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, (562) 592-5404; also at 34157 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; www.harborhousecafe.com.
Readers’ Choice: Harbor House Café