Best Late-Night Eats

Tacos El Gordo

1Post-party taco scarfing is a venerable tradition in cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, where it’s as much about people watching and camaraderie as it is about ingesting salty, greasy food. Few Las Vegas taquerias possess the requisite combination of cuisine and atmosphere, with the stellar exception of Tacos El Gordo, which draws so many customers to its north-Strip sidewalk tent that you have to stand in line based on the type of meat you’d like to order Cabeza? Seso? Tripa? Or perhaps some of the excellent al pastor, served with thick strips of pineapple? A number of plates seem designed specifically to satisfy drunken cravings, such as fries with carne asada or lengua, and the addictive tortilla sandwiches known as mulas. Oh, and the aguas frescas come out of a self-serve soda machine. Because who wants to wait around for horchata at 4 a.m.? 1724 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-251-8226; 3049 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-641-8228,