What’s there to do to in Albany when the sun goes down? You can always stay at home and finish your homework, but do you really want to spend your evening solving polynomials? “LateNight” explores the aspects of Albany nightlife that don’t involve a textbook. This time, we head over to Nation’s Giant Hamburgers.
OK, we lied. Nation’s is not technically “Albany nightlife.” It’s located in El Cerrito, just around the corner from the Cerrito Theater. Is this series so flimsy that it’s very premise has fallen apart by the second entry?
Despite the fact that it’s outside of city limits, Nation’s is undeniably a great place to eat, provided you eat there at an hour when you should probably be asleep.
For me, that time came around 2:00 a.m. Tired and weary, the lights of the restaurant seemed to glow like a nightlight in the darkness, and the pies seemed like they would make excellent pillows.
Do not use pies as pillows.
I ordered French toast and a slice of pumpkin pie. Any time after midnight is technically morning, meaning I was technically eating breakfast, and not technically stuffing my face in the middle of the night.
The dining experience was adequate. The staff seemed pleasant enough. The other diners didn’t once try to approach me or make threatening gestures in my direction. The fluorescent lights were harsh enough to keep me from falling asleep, but not so harsh as to criticize my life choices and question why I was sitting in a diner eating French toast at 2:00 a.m.
Nation’s is open 24/7, for the person whose stomach is open 24/7.