In anticipation of the weekend, while reveling in the joy that we’ll share among friends, we’ve got enough foresight to already be preparing for the morning after, when, no doubt, Hangover Harry will be ever-present and demonizing many of us. From drinking gallons upon gallons of water to taking preventative pills to consuming reservoirs of coffee to downing electrolyte-filled sports drinks, remedies these days are a dime-a-dozen. But if there is one secret to battling a hangover, like we’re taking on the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh, it is that the, ahem, union (horrid pun), of body and food as the ultimate cure. On that note, here is a list of foods that have been known to cure hangovers throughout our lives:
1. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich – The BE&C is a life-long staple, even for those of us known as Fegetarians, those who avoid meat consumption until dire situations. (And yes, a hangover most certainly qualifies as dire.) There is no better cure than a solid 8″ to 12″ hero with eggs (no sissy egg whites!), melted cheddar, and crispy bacon, with a dash of salt, a layer of pepper, and a steady-stream of ketchup. Find it at these excellent restaurants.
2. Dumplings – The dim sum lunch is an overlooked standout. With little commitment to any specific dumpling filling, exterior texture, or cooking style, the grease that mortifies you when you’re fully sober, is something to relish in when hungover. Find it at these excellent restaurants.
3. Pesto Mac N Cheese – Yes, all forms of pasta can be eaten as brasta (breakfast pasta). Yes, leftover vegetables or meats can also be added to any brasta. Yes, we’ve got a preference for tomatoes, as they have some actual scientifically proven anti-hangover properties. Pesto is used for its healthy extra virgin olive oil to drizzle through your arteries to sooth them. A good one can be found at Mac Shack in Brooklyn.
4. Fried chicken and waffles – A truly delicious tradition combining the savory with the sweet is a morning after force to be reckoned with. A mix of Alabama and Belgium, this is a time-tested classic cure. Find it at these great locations.
5. All things Mexican– While Mexican cuisine on the whole is perfectly suited for curing hangovers from tequila, margaritas, and cerveza, you needn’t be The Most Interesting Man In The World to say, “I don’t have hangover every day, but when I do, I eat Mexican to get me through it.”
6. Philly cheesesteaks– A classic Philadelphian hangover cure. Given that this sandwich’s price/size ratio is so budget-friendly, as you’ll get your full 2,000 daily calories in a single sando, there’s little reason to ever say no to morning-after steak. Find a good cheeseteak at these spots.
7. Catfish and eggs – There is something excellent in knowing that a creature that once resided in the water, when deep fried, can satiate you to the point where you wish that you could just swim your life away and become a catfish yourself. When you crack two eggs over-easy onto this bottom-feeder, the bottom line is that you’ll be fed well.
8. Bagels!!!! – As our Craved Awards voters made official, bagels are an amazing hangover food. New York City without a doubt has some of the best bagels in the universe. It must be something in the water. And with a solid dollop of cream cheese and some super awesome lox (from Russ & Daughters perhaps?), the combo is an instant pick-me-up.
9. Banana pancakes with blueberries – The anti-hangover properties of bananas (seriously, this ain’t pseudo-science), combined with the antioxidant properties of blueberries, combined with the fluffy goodness of pancakes, make this a satisfying treat, especially when you’re not the one who has to cook it up in your harried state.
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