We've all been there. You're out on the town with your friends, or maybe you're enjoying some late cocktails with someone special, when the craving hits. You need some food. Now.

Most places in America you can satiate those late-night (or early morning) munchies quickly and cheaply at national fast-food and restaurant chains.

But this isn't most places in America. This is Madison — a city with a restaurant scene that punches well above its weight.

So if you're looking to expand your repertoire of go-to spots, might we suggest these uniquely Madison locations?

We polled the newsroom to make this list of our favorite bars and restaurants that serve food late. By no means is the list exhaustive. In fact, there's a good chance we left your favorite place off the list (if so, email us and we'll consider adding it).

But it's a list born out of personal experiences. These places came through for us when those moments of nocturnal hunger hit. And we expect they could do the same for you.

Enjoy.

Nick Heynen is the online editor for the Wisconsin State Journal and manages the newspaper's social media accounts. A Maryland native transplanted to Wisconsin, he joined the paper in 2007 as data reporter.

Chris Aadland is a reporting intern for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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