For one reason or another, attending college inevitably means staying up late. Whether you are cramming for an exam you should have prepared for sooner, partying later than you know you ought to, or having wild-eyed conversations about Marxism that you know will go nowhere, you will almost certainly find yourself in search of grub at O’Dark-Thirty.

Fortunately for your stomach lining, there is no need to drive out to Waffle House to satisfy a late-night hankering. Downtown has plenty of diners, corner shops, and holes in the wall to fuel whatever it is that you do after 10 p.m.

Dell’z Deli

1A Cannon St.
(843) 722-5376

Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m.

Occasional Sunday Brunch

Bellying up to the counter at Dell’z can feel a little bit like taking a seat in mom’s kitchen — that is, if your mother makes a killer black bean hummus and has a hookup with local fishermen. Dell, a Kansas City native, runs a tiny shop on Cannon Street that is renowned for its vegetarian and vegan wraps like the Hummer (a non-dairy black bean hummus wrap). But there are plenty of options for carnivores, including the Beach Bum (made with local mahi and shrimp) and the Big Daddy (turkey, ham, roast beef, jalapeños, and cheese). Many of the wraps come loaded up with a concoction that some college students have dubbed “dank sauce.” Dell doesn’t mind the name, and she doesn’t mind if you bring in a Sharpie and leave a note on her walls — assuming you can find a blank spot.

Patat Spot

41B George St.
(843) 723-7438

Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

One of the keys to a great late-night eatery is limiting your options. At a certain point in the night, nobody wants to peruse an overly complicated menu, and few people understand that better than Phillis Kalisky Mair, co-owner of Dutch street-food joint Patat Spot. Basically, you’ve got fries, falafels, salad, and Dutch donuts to choose from, and from there it’s only a matter of picking a sauce to match your sense of adventure. When you buy a paper cone filled with twice-fried Dutch heirloom potato slices, it can come drizzled in the traditional fritessaus, a light, lemony mayo that Mair imports by the bucketload. Or you can go for pepper gravy, tongue-torching sriracha, mango chutney, or house-made Indonesian ketchup (flavorful, but not terribly spicy). Mair, who lived in the Netherlands with her family as a child, says her shop is as authentic as it gets. “You will find one of these in Holland every two steps,” she says.

Holy Pies

478 King St.
(843) 793-7785

Wed.-Sat., 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

They’re not pizzas. Let’s get that right out there. Holy Pies sells meat pies, which co-owner Jake Andrews describes as somewhere between empanadas and handheld pot pies. “I guess the best way you could describe it would be a big, gourmet Hot Pocket,” he says. Don’t let the proletariat exterior fool you: Even at $4-$6 a pop, these little gems are packed full of high-end ingredients. Take a whiff of the Huckleberry, filled with beer-battered fried green tomatoes and homemade pimento cheese. Or go for the crowd-pleasing Alex Mack, a cornbread crust stuffed with pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese. If this isn’t late-night grub, nothing is.

Dave’s Carry-Out

42C Morris St.
(843) 577-7943

Sun.-Mon., closed

Tue.- Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Sat., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Imagine living in Charleston for four to six years without ever trying honest-to-God soul food. What a shame. If you want to be able to hold your head up high when you leave the peninsula, you’re going to need to stop in at Dave’s. The pork chop sandwich is a perennial favorite of late-night diners, but if you really need some flash-fried batter to soak up the alcohol sloshing through your system, you can’t go wrong with the massive fish sandwich or the shrimp and fries. Even more good news: Almost everything on the menu is under $10.

And Some Places That Deliver

The Bagel Shop

Delivery typically from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
downtown below the Crosstown.
$15 minimum.

Black Bean Co.

Free delivery from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Brent’s on Broad

Delivery from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
East Bay to King and Battery to Market.

Bubba Slye’s

Delivery during all business hours below the Crosstown.
$5 minimum.

Burger Babies

Delivery from 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
to anywhere on the peninsula.
$10 minimum.

Caviar & Bananas

Delivery 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (at the latest)
downtown below the Crosstown.
$10 minimum.

Chopsticks House

Delivery downtown from 11 a.m. to 20 minutes before closing.
Free for orders over $10.

Chucktown Tavern

Delivery from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
south of Calhoun Street.
$10 minimum.


Delivery on entire peninsula
Sun.-Wed: until midnight; Thurs. until 2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat: until 3 a.m.
$10 minimum.

Dixie Supply

Delivery from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
on the peninsula.
$10 minimum.

East Bay Deli

Delivery to the entire peninsula
All Day
$12 minimum.


Delivery 11 a.m.-4 a.m. on the peninsula.
$10 minimum.


Delivery 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
South of Calhoun.
No minimum and no fee.

Jimmy John’s

Delivery Sun.-Tues. until 12 a.m. Wed.-Sat. until 3 a.m.
below the Crosstown.
Fees are charged per item.

Kickin’ Chicken

Delivery 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
south of the Crosstown only.
$1.50 fee.

Mama Kim’s

Delivery south of Crosstown,
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Until 10:30 p.m. on weekend.
$15 minimum.

Mellow Mushroom

Delivery 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
South of Crosstown.
$15 minimum and $2 fee.

Mia Pomodori

Delivery 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
to the entire peninsula.
$15 minimum.


Delivery on the peninsula until 12 a.m. Sun.-Thurs. and until 2 a.m. weekends.
$10 minimum below the Crosstown,
$15 minimum above the Crosstown.


Delivery 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
anywhere on the peninsula.
$10 minimum.

Pit Stop Deli

Free delivery 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
below the Crosstown.

Pizzeria di Giovanni

Delivery 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
below the Crosstown.

Pop’s New York Pizza

Delivery 5 p.m.-12 a.m. to the entire peninsula.
$15 minimum and $2 fee.


Delivery 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. downtown.
$2 fee.

Spring Roll

Delivery 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
below the Crosstown.
$10 minimum.

Ted’s Butcherblock

Delivery 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
to entire peninsula.
Free below the Crosstown with minimum.

Toast of Charleston

Delivery 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
to Lower King Street area.

Zappo’s Pizza

Delivery 11 a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays,
11 a.m.-3 a.m. weekends
to the entire peninsula.
$10 minimum.