Midnight Munchies Menu

Cookout has some of the best trays of food for under $6. / Photo by Maranda Faris.
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Maranda Faris

So, you’re awake at two in the morning, and that Panda Express lunch is no longer holding back your hunger. To satisfy a post-midnight hunger binge, check out these overlooked or unknown places in town. Stick to these, and you may just survive the late-night study sessions and post-cheap-beer extravaganzas.

Donut Country

Donut Country
Like every late night food spot, there’s a trick to ordering at Donut Country — it all comes down to the timing. Though located on both Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Memorial Boulevard, I recommend making the extra five-minute trek to Memorial Boulevard for the freshest bites. If you time your trip between 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., you’re bound to get freshly cooked donuts that will make the last of your studying a little easier.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 12 a.m.–12 p.m.
Saturday: 12 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jimmy John’s

Chances are, if you’re awake in the middle of the night, you don’t want to leave your couch. With delivery is the only option, always choose Jimmy John’s. The sandwiches are worth the $7 price tag, and the “Freaky Fast” slogan is actually accurate.

Hours: Middle Tennessee Boulevard
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Friday -Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
Hours: North Thompson Lane
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hours: Memorial Boulevard
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.


No matter where you live in Murfreesboro, you’ll always be no more than ten minutes from a Kroger. This grocery food chain has choices to fit every craving and lifestyle and is open 24/7. If you do opt to go this route, go around two or three in the morning. The store is nearly empty, and all your grocery shopping can be done at the same time you feed your midnight munchies.


Even though Cookout opened in December, the fast-food restaurant has already made its combination trays and milkshakes a late-night staple for most students.
The endless options the combo trays have to offer, ranging from burgers and chicken nuggets to quesadillas and hushpuppies, are the late-night spot’s biggest draw; that, and the $5 price tag for any combo plus two sides and a drink. For an extra buck, you can switch your soda for one of Cookout’s signature shakes that come in flavors like chocolate chip cheesecake, peanut butter fudge and orange push-up.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4 a.m.-5 a.m.; 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.

John Connor Coulston contributed to this report.

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