Contrary to what a reader of a college blog may have expected out of the first two words of the title, I am not talking about Greek Life on campus every minute of the day.
What I have found near DU and in the Denver area is that there is not a plentiful amount of 24-hour eateries around. Two such Greek and Mediterranean restaurants fill that void: Jerusalem and Pete's Kitchen.
Jerusalem Restaurant has been a University of Denver staple since 1978 and churns out hundreds of falafels, gyros, shawarmas, and combination plates from 10am to 4 or 5am every day of the week. A lot of Pioneers swear by it because the restaurant is able to produce so much in such little space. Their baklava has been known to put a diner in a post-meal coma with all the sugar, nuts, and phyllo dough getting stuck in your digestive tract. There is one complaint that many students including myself have with not only Jerusalem, but many other restaurants around campus. The service isn't exactly the best, because they know their clientele is college students, so they assume we don't tip well and are just coming in to have a grand old time.
One alternative that stays open until 10pm daily is Ali Baba. Our Middle Eastern international students swear by Ali Baba, as it tends not to compromise quality with quantity. It is said to be much more authentic and home cooking. I'm personally a fan of the a la carte options there, because sometimes I'm not looking to eat a plate of rice with my side of meat. I just want the meaty goodness of kebabs and gyros.
Around midnight, a couple of weeks ago, I suggested going to another 24-hour destination. That locale is called Pete's Kitchen on East Colfax, just a few blocks away from Cherry Creek and near Voodoo Doughnuts. After eating there, you will be too stuffed to buy any doughnuts. Pete's Kitchen has been around for quite a while as well, and has won many awards in the past for its late night eats. It, too, is known for its greek specialties, but is more of a diner than anything. My personal favorite is the gyro omelette with feta cheese, but you can't really go wrong with any of their food. Let's be honest, you're not going to want a salad, though.
Their breakfast burritos are also pretty good. Presentation clearly isn't everything.
An alternative closer to DU's campus is Pete's University Cafe, which is basically the same restaurant, just in a smaller space. Again though, the service is not as great, since we're close to campus. Also, it is only open until 11pm, which isn't exactly an early closing time either. Pete's (anything) is a well-known name around Denver, as Pete himself pops up around his various restaurants and bars in the area. We actually saw Pete in the flesh at Pete's Kitchen when some friends and I were there last.
These are some examples of some great late-night eats, should you decide to venture out at an odd time of the night for whatever purpose that might serve.