It's no secret restaurants see plenty of hungover patrons, particularly during brunch hours. So Eater decided to turn to them for guidance. Twenty-five restaurants are here to suggest exactly what to order for those patrons who wander in feeling a little rough. Fried foods, restorative soups, hair-of-the-dog cocktails and spicy concoctions all made the cut.Read More
Restaurants Suggest Which Dishes to Order Hungover
1. DGS Delicatessen
"There's no better hangover-friendly dish than our Pastrami Hash. We chop our 8-day house cured and smoked pastram with potatoes and roasted peppers, and griddled until its hot and crispy," says DGS co-owner Nick Wiseman. The dish is topped with two over easy eggs and a rich mustard sauce.
2. Boundary Road Restaurant
Boundary Road's hangover cure on the weekend is the Gentleman Will Take a Chance on their brunch menu. It's a hash made up of whatever vegetables the farmers send, and confit of whatever meat they have on hand (usually duck or pork), with an over-easy egg on top.
3. Granville Moore's
Granville Moore's The Good Doctor sandwich includes scrambled eggs, choice of house-made pork or veggie sausage, smoked salmon or applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, chipotle mayo on potato kaiser roll served with home-frites.
4. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria
At Fuego, the Menudo Colorado "The Cure" is widely believed to cure hangovers in Mexican culture. According to a rep, in Mexico this dish is typically served only on Saturday and Sunday to aid those who drank to excess the night before. It's a combination of tripe, red chile broth, a poached egg and the traditional condiments.
5. Brasserie Beck
Brasserie Beck has several "hair of the dog" cocktail options, which they market as the Tonic (Grand Bellini No 2), the Energizer (Vim and Vigor), the Elixir (BourBerry), the Vitamins (a Hemingway Daiquiri) and The Panacea ("9" Deep).
6. District Commons
For another hair of the dog option, order the "Morning After" at District Commons. It's made up of Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka, Leopold’s French Press Coffee Liqueur, chilled Espresso and a cinnamon stick garnish.
7. Legal Sea Foods-7th Street
Legal Sea Foods recommends fried food for a hangover. The Fisherman's Platter for $27.50, includes fried shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams and whitefish served with French fries and cole slaw.
8. El Centro D.F.
Washington, DC 20007
Try the chilaquiles on El Centro's bottomless brunch menu, which is a traditional Mexican hangover dish. A Michelada, also on offer on that menu, is a known cure as well.
"Ramen is a hangover preventative, cure, and it tastes great after drinking or morning after," says co-owner Daisuke Utagawa. "Why do you think Japanese crave ramen after a night of drinking? Almost all Japanese clients we have at Izakaya goes down to have ramen before going home. And that's after having a full meal at Izakaya. If fact, it's a thing with Japanese, eat, drink and then finish with ramen."
10. Taylor Gourmet
Taylor Gourmet co-owner Casey Patten's hangover go-to is the Filbert Street Hoagie at Taylor, which combines bacon, hot capicola, eggs, American cheese, and arugula - he adds hoagie spread and swaps arugula for garlicky spinach. Hangovers were also a big reason for the restaurant's decision to bring back breakfast hoagies. "We realize people can and will be hungover at 11am, 2pm, 5pm & even 8pm, and since the hoagies are available late night at our 14th Street NW & H Street NE locations - they also act as a hangover prevention," he says. (Multiple Locations)
11. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper [& Bar TNT]
Order the "Hangover Chips" which are fries topped with curry sauce and two fried eggs ($5.50)
Mandu's brunch plate comes with Korean-style omelets, hash browns, chive pancakes, and a choice of beef, pork, chicken of tofu. It's basically all the traditional brunch foods made in the traditional Korean style.
13. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Washington, DC 20009-4307
Pearl Dive's bartender has several suggestions off the restaurant's menu: the Dive Burger (Roasted Green Chilies, Pepper Jack, Bacon, Cayenne Aioli), CEBLT Po Boy (Fried Catfish, Farm Egg, Benton's Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) and Addie's Mussels (Garlic, Shallot, Fumet, Butter, Lemon, Grilled Baguette).
14. Bracket Room Sports Lounge & Eatery
At Bracket Room, "Chris'Hangover Cure" is made with vodka and cold-pressed "Cure" juice from the bar's neighbor South Block Cafe. Meanwhile, owner Chris Bukowski's take on a hangover food? "Avoid Bloody Marys at all costs! Too much sodium."
When &pizza opened on H St NE in July 2012, owner Steve Salis wasn't expecting a "weekend brunch rush" at the Atlas District outpost. Turns out Saturdays & Sundays at both locations are regularly filled with glassy eyed guests ordering the Farmers Daughter: Spicy Tomato Sauce, Housemade Mozzarella, Hot Sausage, Farm Eggs, Spinach, Parmesan Reggiano, Red Pepper Chili Oil. Why? The Eggs. Salis says hungry guests with headaches, wearing clothes from the night before add farm eggs to their own creations. "We go through twice as many eggs on Saturdays & Sundays versus the week days."
Zengo's GM recommends the pork belly ramen noodles.
Bartender Owen Thomson recommends people drink a Bloody Mary like the one at Range that is made with Pig's Blood Consomme AND/or take a chewable Pepcid AC and lay in the shower until it gets cold. .
18. NoPa Kitchen + Bar
Nopa GM Jennifer Lucy recommends Chef McCarty's Croque Madame on housemade brioche. It is on the brunch menu but she just started offering on the lunch and dinner menu, since hangovers happen on weekdays, too.
19. Ardeo + Bardeo
Chef Matt Kuhn of Ardeo+ Bardeo's ramen noodle dish is a favorite of many members of his staff, who will come in and order this on a Sunday morning after a rough Saturday night just to get through their shift. It consists of spicy pork belly, watermelon radish, pickled ginger, red cress, hot miso broth, homemade noodles and egg 63. Meanwhile, Ardeo's GM Susan Spiwak's favorite hangover cocktail is the Cape Crusader.
20. Masa 14
Breakfast pizza and bacon Bloody Marys are two reccs from Masa 14's staff. The spicy tomato mix helps re-introduce ethanol into the system, and "pizza cures everything."
21. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Lavanta Muerto Seafood Soup helps to "Raise the Dead" with a seafood soup overflowing with shrimp, Baja Bay scallops, crabmeat, and mussels. It's a coconut and chile broth.
22. Maple Ave Restaurant
"We hear from our guests that our eggs and kimchi with spam, yes spam, has been a great hangover cure," says manager Joey Hernandez. The dish includes spicy fermented cabbage, eggs and of course mystery meat.
23. Clyde's of Chevy Chase
Clyde's at Chevy Chase's staff recommend the huevos rancheros with black been puree, eggs, salsa and more.
24. Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge
The "hangover biscuit" with gravy is a a winner, according to staff.
25. Cava Mezze
The Cava Mezze team promises it takes good care of hungover patrons. "Weather it’s a spicy Bloody Mary or bubbly mimosa, we promise we will not make you conquer this hangover alone!" The staff suggests a drink such as a Bloody Mary or Juniper punch, the saganaki cheese (which they light on fire) or avgelemono soup, French Toast and, oddly, asparagus.