The Best Hangover Foods in Los Angeles
Hitting the clubs (and the bottle) can be fun and all, but the morning after, not so much. Here are 10 of our favorite spots around town that offer the best hangover cures. These hangover eats are great any time of year, but if your headache happens to hit on a holiday, be sure to check with the restaurant to be sure they're open and serving.
Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
If you're up for a drive to the San Gabriel Valley and a little bit of a wait, the soup dumplings -- also known as xaio long bao or XLB -- at Din Tai Fung are well worth it. The purveyors of bite sized balls of broth are so popular, in fact, that they had to open a second location next door. They're the ultimate comfort for a wicked hangover.
Din Tai Fung is located at 1088 South Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia; (626) 446-8588
Of course, Capital Seafood and Sea Harbour in the SGV are great, but if you're wanting to stay close to home, Empress Pavilion in Chinatown does a decent dim sum spread too. Go for the char sui bao and shu mai. If your headache is too unbearable and you don't have the patience to deal with all the push carts (and pushy waitresses that drive them), you can go next door and pick up some dim sum to go.
Empress Pavilion is located at 988 North Hill Street #201 in Downtown Los Angeles; (213) 617-9898
The acidic sauce that's used to make ceviche called "leche de tigre" is known for being a hangover cure in Latin American countries that serve the dish, namely in South America and Mexico. Raul Ortega pushes all sorts of fresh ceviches -- from fish and shrimp to oysters and squid -- served as a cocktail or plated up on tostadas, from his popular Jalisco-style seafood truck. If you're after something greasy to soak up the booze, go for one of their fried shrimp and avocado tacos de camaron.
Mariscos Jalisco is located at 3040 East Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles; (323) 528-6701
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles (Photo via Muy Yum on Flickr)
This L.A. institution is a go-to when it comes to hangover cures. If a fat plate of fried chicken and waffles doused in syrup doesn't make you feel better, there's nothing that will. There are six 'Scoe's locations throughout the city, so you can get your fried chicken fix no matter whose house you woke up at.
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles has six locations throughout the city, with the original location at 1514 North Gower Street in Hollywood; (323) 466-7453
Tacos Villa Corona
Breakfast burritos are such a SoCal thing, and Tacos Villa Corona does it best. Their Atwater Village storefront is nothing more than a hole in the wall with a few barstools outside for seating, but you'll scarf their papas, chorizo, and egg burrito down so fast you won't even need to sit down. And hey, it's Anthony Bourdain approved too; he just made a visit to the location for a recent episode of "The Layover."
Tacos Villa Corona is located at 3185 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village; (323) 661-34581
Chef David LeFevre's Manhattan Beach restaurant has the best sticky buns in town, and their bloodies are to die. Not to mention their bacon buttermilk biscuits served with a side of maple butter, which are worth the drive alone. The poached egg on polenta with asparagus and ricottta-stuffed French toast are also hits. MB Post
MB Post is located at 1142 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach, CA; (310) 545-5405
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This little Italian eatery is our go-to spot for Sunday brunch, namely because they offer $10 bottles of prosecco and excellent baked farm house eggs. They also have fantastic salads, like their raw Tuscan kale with currants and Now, the wait is admittedly long on weekends, but you can bring your dog along and go for a walk down Hillhurst in the interim. A close runner-up in the area is Dusty's, who makes a variety of fabulous mimosa riffs and a killer bloody mary. Or if you're thinking of more of a greasy spoon/diner situation, head over to the Brite Spot. Little Dom's
Little Dom's is located at 2128 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz; (323) 661-0055
If a rich pork broth and noodles is your idea of the cure, this is your jam. Other great spots for Japanese soup include Tsujita or Jinya. Pho at Pho 87 is another one of our post-binge go-tos, as are the spicy boat noodles at Sap in Thai Town, and the Filipino pancit at Goldilocks.
Daikokuya is located at 327 East 1st Street in Little Tokyo; (213) 626-1680
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Beer BellyLooking for the hair of the dog? Beer Belly's got an excellent selection of craft brews, as well as some completely rediculous brunch fare. Think things like Snickers pancakes, duck fat fries, or the chicken "in" waffles -- a stuffed version of the Roscoe's classic. You can also build your own ideal plate, with items like pancakes, fries, and eggs each at $3.
Beer Belly is located at 532 South Western Avenue in Koreatown; (213) 387-2337
Zoe Nathan's bakery in Santa Monica serves all sorts of egg sandwiches alongside items like the house-cured salmon platter, Green eggs & ham with La Quercia prosciutto, pesto & arugula on English muffin, and house made granola. They don't serve booze, but to be honest a nice dose of fresh Santa Monica ocean air is a better cure for a hangover anyhow.
Huckleberry is located at 1014 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica; (310) 451-2311
Honorable Mentions/Our Readers Recommend:
-Fast food stand-bys like In-N-Out, Del Taco, and Jack in the Box
-Paty's in Toluca Lake