I'm not the kind of person who can drink all night long without eating anything. By about 1 a.m., I'm craving big platefuls of something really unhealthy.

I'm not the kind of person who can drink all night long without eating anything. By about 1 a.m., I'm craving big platefuls of something really unhealthy.

Most of my preferred OSU drinking haunts didn't serve food at all, so before I discovered the Blue Danube, my usual strategy was to drink, drink, drink and then stumble into the Steak 'n Shake on High, a place where the entirely too bright fluorescent lights ended the evening on a harsh note.

Imagine my joy, then, when I realized I could keep on drinking while ordering from an extensive menu of cheap, greasy diner fare at the Dube. And when I noticed they served breakfast all day (which translates into right on through last call), I was a goner.

I know I'm not the only one who can say the Dube feels like home - it's been around since 1940, and generations of OSU students have claimed it as their hangout.

An old-school neon sign and a newer mural depicting the Danube River beckon from the street. The atmosphere inside can best be described as darkened '70s diner, with lots of vinyl booths and a dingy tiled floor.

Neon beer signs and stained-glass hanging lights give the place a nice welcoming glow, and a terrific jukebox cranks out an eclectic soundtrack.

Because of my aforementioned love of breakfast food, I'd usually order a cheesy omelet or the gigantic Breakfast Burrito. Elsewhere on the food menu, you'll find burgers, gyros and quesadillas.

Maybe you're here for the drinks. There's plenty of beer, of course, plus a surprising selection of high-end booze at the bar. For those fancy occasions, you can even order a bottle of champagne.

One benefit to visiting often? You get to sit in different parts of the restaurant, letting you get an up-close glimpse at each of the individually painted (by patrons) acoustic ceiling panels.