Taco Bell has been the king of late-night fast food for years, selling diners on its fourthmeal nachos and tacos in the hours between dinner and breakfast. The chain's rivals have taken notice, and they aren't as willing to cede the late-night hours anymore. McDonald's (MCD +0.11%), Burger King (BKW +0.07%) and others are stepping up their extended-dining options. And while they aren't advertising for the wee hours the way Taco Bell is, it's clear they hope to take a bite out of the fourthmeal strategy.
This is great news. When you work all night, it's great grab some quick fast food even though it's bad for you.