It’s the wee hours of the morning. The evening’s entertainment is over and you and your friends realize you’re starving. Most restaurants around Lancaster have long since finished serving for the night.

But your need for fries will not be denied.

Fear not. There are several restaurants in and around Lancaster that cater to the late-night appetite. Their menus are filled with all-American dishes and more, and their portions are generally generous at a reasonable price.

Below, in no particular order, are five places that will serve you at any time of day or night. If your favorite 24-hour-a-day restaurant near Lancaster isn't on this list, or if you have favorite dishes at one of these five eateries, please share them with our readers in the comments section below.

I’ve eaten at all five of these restaurants at different times of day. Late at night, I tend to stick with my comfort-food staples — either a veggie omelet with toast and home fries, or a grilled-cheese sandwich with some fries and a tossed salad.

So I’ve searched through some recent reviews to find out what some other folks have enjoyed at these five eateries.

• Lyndon Diner, 1370 Manheim Pike. In addition to a large menu of varied dishes, this restaurant also serves beer, wine and spirits. Recent diners at the Lyndon said they've enjoyed the numerous breakfast specials, the sausage, ham steak, chicken parmigiana, pot roast sandwich and crab cakes.

And, as someone who doesn’t eat meat, I’ve enjoyed the vegetable dinner, with a choice of four vegetables of the day for about $7, 

The diner’s menu is online.

 Columbia Diner, 1725 Columbia Ave. Recent diners say they'v e enjoyed the blueberry pancakes, scrapple, French toast, sausage, baked oatmeal, Greek salad, crab cakes, chicken croquettes and homemade pies and cakes.

• Knight & Day Diner, 3140 Lititz Pike, near the Lancaster Airport. Patrons who’ve visited recently like the steak Caesar wrap, the varied omelets, the chicken parmigiana and the triple-decker club sandwiches.

• Park City Diner, 884 Plaza Blvd. Dishes diners have enjoyed recently include gyros, the Greek salad, burgers and onion rings, French toast, ham steak, stuffed flounder, cream of chicken soup and eggs Benedict.

• Denny’s, 2204 Columbia Ave. This diner is a franchise of the restaurant chain famous for its Grand Slam breakfasts. Diners have enjoyed the Pancake Puppies, which are round, flavored breakfast treats, and various skillet meals (served on a sizzling skillet). Denny’s has a Fit-Fare menu of lower-fat items.

You can find the Denny’s menu online, along with nutrition information.