Giant Appetite

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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?

Nation’s door is open 24/7. Not literally of course, because then it would be really cold inside.

Nation’s door is open 24/7. Not literally of course, because then it would be really cold inside.

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.

Even inside, the neon lights are always on.

Even inside, the neon lights are always on.

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.

Patrons of Nation’s can rest assured that no matter when they dine, they will not be dining alone.

Patrons of Nation’s can rest assured that no matter when they dine, they will not be dining alone.

Here is a pie.

Here is a pie.

Here are several pies.

Here are several pies.

Here is a slice of pie.

Here is a slice of pie.

This is not a pie.

This is not a pie.

This is a plate of French toast.

This is a plate of French toast.

Now it’s just a plate.

Now it’s just a plate.

This is the Burger King across the street. Burger King is closed. Poor Burger King.

This is the Burger King across the street. Burger King is closed. Poor Burger King.