By Vanessa Payes
A bright sunbeam strikes your face and you find yourself waking up in unfamiliar territory. Your head is pounding and that sleazy queasy is starting to creep up on you. Your eyes are singed by the morning light as you take the inevitable walk of shame back to your car. Been there? Of course you have.
Hangovers can be fierce, gnarly, and truly unforgiving on our bodies. While they are the unavoidable outcome of a wild night, they can be shut down by chowin’ down on a big and hearty morning meal.
Whether it’s a breakfast burrito, a big stack of hot cakes, a mound of hash browns or a hot bowl of savory soup, you’ll need to drink plenty of water and fill your belly up with a hangover healing breakfast at one of these restaurants.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Diner Food
When it comes to curing a hangover, fatty foods always do the trick. Located in the hip Los Feliz neighborhood of Franklin Hills, House of Pies is an unassuming classic diner that hits the bullseye. Their giant stuffed omelets are the perfect dose of protein and generally easy on the grease.
Eat N’ Park in Burbank is an authentic throwback to the log cabin breakfast fit for a lumberjack. Their giant fluffy pancakes take up the whole platter and the thick crispy bacon strips add just the perfect dose of fat to sooth that dizzying hangover. Their warm dense biscuits will also melt in your mouth.
It may appear a little dusty and crusty from the outside, but Nicks’ Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles is a total gem. When you’re in desperate need of an alcohol absorbing carb overload, Nick’s hash browns are known for their thick crunchy crust on one side and soft salty potato on the other. Theres no better way to cure a hangover then to devour a simple starch.
Hot and Hearty Latin Favorites
Latin foods are almost always guaranteed to bring you back up from the depths of hangover hell. Angelenos love burritos and Lucky Boy Burger in Pasadena serves up one of the best breakfast burrito in Los Angeles. No fuss, no frill. You just grab, unwrap, and chow-down on this simple carb loaded meal to soak up that left over booze in your belly.
If you’re in Montrose, Joselito’s Mexican Restaurant offers up a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on the weekends. You’ll find traditional diner goodies and spicy Mexican favorites like chiles rellenos, enchiladas, and sopes side by side. The buffet includes bottomless mimosas for that good old hair of the dog fix.
You might just want to go loco and dig into a giant pile of Loteria Grill’s infamous killer chilaquilles to quell that monstrous hangover. The homemade fried tortilla chips are lathered with eggs, salsa and sour cream and served with black beans.
Cubans love to party and the Caribbean is known for it’s rum fueled festivities. That’s precisely why the Cuban treats at Porto’s Bakery are a definite must have when healing from wild night. If you can manage the long lines, Porto’s crispy puff pastry hand pies and buttery Cuban bread toast will definitely snap you back into shape. Grab a cafè con leche for a powerful caffeine boost.
You’ll want to replenish fluids and bring your sodium levels up with a warm brothy bowl of soup. The beef brisket stew at Han Bat Sul Lang Tang in Koreatown is one of the best soups to cure a gnarly hangover. Brewed for hours, the broth is rich and flavorful with bits of tender brisket and fresh herbs.
If you’re looking for something a little more mild, Pho 87 in Downtown Los Angeles offers up a super bowl of tender rare steak in broth with mint and jalapeños that will snap you out of the dizzy doldrums and get you through the day.
For a little spicy island fare, grab yourself a bowl of homemade Cajun gumbo or red bean and oxtail soup at Coley’s Jamaican cuisine in North Hollywood. Be sure to guzzle down one of their fresh squeezed juices to boost your sugar levels and put some pep in your step.
If you want something a little more traditional, try the hearty Polish beef gulasz at Polka Polish cuisine. Served with creamy mashed potatoes, the tender beef and tomato based soup is a familiar flavor that warm your soul and heal your hellish hangover.