No, a hangover can’t kill you, but that forehead-splitting pain and suspect stomach gurgle are calling out for a cure. Whether it’s a hot bowl of pho, a fried chicken biscuit, a fizzy soda, or some other voodoo, everyone has a remedy. For revelers with an appetite, we collected some of the best hangover dishes around D.C.Read More
A Guide to Hangover Food in D.C.
A whopping 16 dishes to eat up and recover from last night
1. Bob's Shanghai 66
The Dish: Szechuan-style Beef Stew Noodle Soup
Anything is a safe bet for a killer hangover cure at this Rockville spot, but this item in particular stands out as a hidden gem. The Szechuan Style Beef Noodle Soup is huge, with layers of tender beef tucked between thick noodles, scallions, and cilantro swimming in a bowl of fiery, flavorful broth.
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2. Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen
The Dish: Biscuits and gravy
Cheddar cheese biscuits get smothered in maple sausage gravy with potato hash. Enough said.
3. Mintwood Place
The Dish: Hangover Special
Mintwood Place spells it out for you in the name of this skillet that comes with a beef patty topped with bacon, ranch dressing, cheese fries, and a fried egg.
4. Panda Gourmet
The Dish: Dan Dan Noodles
The legendary Sichuan kitchen inside a Days Inn off New York Avenue NE has noodles bathed in hot chile oil to help hungover diners sweat it out.
5. Ben's Chili Bowl
The Dish: Half Smoke
The pork and beef sausage from Ben's — smothered in homemade chili, cheese sauce, mustard, and onions — will soak up what ails you.
6. Compass Rose
Washington, D.C. 20009
The Dish: Khachapuri
Nicknamed butter pizza, this specialty from the country of Georgia is kind of like an open faced calzone. Try not to drool when servers start mixing a melting knob of butter and a runny egg into the warm, cheesy center.
The Dish: Calentado
The traditional Colombian dish is a breakfast bowl filled with sausage, potatoes, rice, and peas, then topped with a fried egg. Served seven days a week, so even mornings after random weekday outings have hope.
8. Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
The Dish: Chicken, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Southerners know all about the healing powers of the biscuit sandwich. This one takes a multi-pronged approach to erasing last night’s aftereffects: the tall, fluffy biscuit provides a neutral bread base; the egg fulfills breakfast cravings; and the fried chicken with American cheese adds a fatty comfort food. Customers can also opt for the Classic Fried Chicken sandwich that comes with bacon, honey, and hot sauce.
9. Ted's Bulletin
The Dish: The Original Breakfast Burrito
The all-day breakfast destination serves a heaping medley of marinated flank steak, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado cream, green chile sauce, and hash browns. It used to be called “The Walk of Shame,” but Ted’s has since changed the name to something a little more generic.
10. Firehook Bakery
The Dish: Ham and Swiss Croissant
Sometimes the hangover is so bad that sitting down for waited service seems more of a nightmare than opening up the Snapchat stories from the night before. That’s where Firehook comes in. For less than $4, score this massive, flaky, and buttery ham and swiss croissant, which employees warm up to melt perfection.
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11. Duke's Grocery
The Dish: The Proper Burger
People who want to line their stomachs with burger grease should go to Duke’s. The proper burger at the English leaning Dupont spot comes with two thick patties of premium Black Angus, melted gouda, charred onions, pickles, arugula, sweet chile sauce, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun.
12. Toki Underground
The Dish: Tapei Curry Chicken Ramen
Fried chicken bobs in a curry-infused broth with a soft egg, pickled ginger, and greens.
13. Wiseguy NY Pizza (Multiple Locations)
The Dish: Garlic knots
Simultaneously crusty, chewy, buttery, and chocked full of garlic, these knots are some of city’s finest. Wiseguy’s slices are acceptable hangover food as well.
The Dish: Spicy Miso Ramen
In Japan, ramen is both a hangover cure and a hangover preventor, which is why ramen shops are packed for late-night. Daikaya’s spicy miso broth is made with white miso that adds complexity and balances out a spicy kick. Sister spot Haikan offers a to-go option in Shaw.
15. Red Apron Butcher
The Dish: Smoked Porchetta Sandwich
The Penn Quarter location of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s hit butcher/sandwich/charcuterie free-for-all features a killer breakfast — but for mornings after, the best bet is to go all out with this sandwich. Rich slices of smoked, fatty porchetta are layered with fontina cheese, salsa verde, and a fried egg are tucked between a toasted challah bun.
16. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)
Arlington, VA 22209
The Dish: Pho #1
Replenish fluids with a bowl of Pho 75's much-hyped beef bone broth. The Falls Church and Hyattsville Pho 75 locations both open by 9 a.m. every day, making breakfast pho a viable option.