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Quick omelets, greasy pizza and a sea view. All this and 24/7 service makes Buddies a winner.
Quick omelets, greasy pizza and a sea view. All this and 24/7 service makes Buddies a winner. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)
Quick omelets, greasy pizza and a sea view. All this and 24/7 service makes Buddies a winner.
Quick omelets, greasy pizza and a sea view. All this and 24/7 service makes Buddies a winner. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)
Even backwards, Buddies is good to go.
Even backwards, Buddies is good to go. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)
The menu will not confuse at Buddies.
The menu will not confuse at Buddies. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)

BRIGHTON — It’s late — or early, depending on your point of view. The clubs have let out, and the sun is creeping up over the eastern horizon. And there’s a good chance you’ve had an adult beverage or two.

Hunger strikes like lightning, prompting thoughts of nothing but greasy grub to appease the after-hours munchies.

Luckily, this seaside resort town bucks the British trend with a cadre of restaurants, diners and roadside stands serving up steaming deliciousness 24 hours a day — some even at a relatively reasonable price.

But few can challenge Buddies for ascetics merging with convenience in this notorious summertime party town.

It’s on Kings Road, the main drag that runs along the English Channel coastline, and is only a short walk from the city’s signature attraction: the Brighton Pier.

You can enjoy a traditional full English breakfast — fried eggs, sausage, bacon, beans and toast — for 4.95 pounds ($10) with an unobstructed view of water-diving fowl, wayward party bums, less-than-enthusiastic street sweepers, and, of course, the sea.

The staff — like so many working in the service sector in the United Kingdom — tend to hail from Eastern Europe and tend to be a little more attentive to customer service than typical British restaurant employees.

The menu is pretty impressive for a 24/7 joint, with pizza, burgers and breakfast available at 3 in the a.m. or p.m. The grub is not going to win any awards for flavor, texture, presentation or originality, but it’s quick, hot and filling.

What else matters at that hour?

Maybe a hotel room with the shades drawn, air conditioning set on “high” and a long-enough nap to tackle it all over again the next night.

To see previous After Hours reviews, go to legacy.stripes.com/afterhours

If you go

Location: 50 Kings Road in Brighton.Phone: 01273 220 313.Drinks: diner drinks such as Coke, Sprite and tea.Food: greasy, but delicious.Web site: none.

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