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The Best Hangover Foods In Los Angeles
Consuming great cocktails (responsibly, of course) is admittedly one of our favorite hobbies, especially considering the fact that the cocktail revolution is so strong here in Los Angeles. Of course, things can sometimes get carried away, leaving you with the ubiquitous head-and-tummy ache the next day.
Thankfully L.A. is chockers full of wonderful eats to help cure your hangover—along with lots of water and some good old-fashioned exercise. These hangover eats are great any time of year, but if your headache happens to hit on a holiday, check with the restaurant to be sure they're open and serving.
Oooey gooey fries from Chego (Photo by Emma Gallegos/LAist)
Everything on the menu is bursting with the flavor, spice and plenty of salt to wake you up and bring you back to the land of the living. We're fans especially of the ooey-gooey fries that are topped with everything but the kitchen sink: they are beer-battered and topped with sour cream sambal, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro and pickled garlic. All their bowls are delicious, and save room for their crunchy chocolate bar that has a kick of Sriracha flavor. —Emma Gallegos
Chego is located at 727 North Broadway, #117 in Chinatown, (310) 287-0337
Pho is kind of the perfect hangover food—a little salty, a little spicy and totally restorative. You don't need to trek out to the San Gabriel Valley to get a decent bowl of it. The magic potion at Pho 87 is the charbroiled pork pho. We don't want any subtle, nuanced flavors when we're in this state and the charred, bold flavor hits the spot. There's no hair of the dog here, but vietnamese iced coffee or thai iced tea should do the trick. (Bring cash!)—Emma Gallegos
Pho 87 is located at 1019 N Broadway in Los Angeles, (323) 227-0758
Pann's waffles—fried chicken not pictured (Photo by Emma Gallegos/LAist)
Roscoe's is the obvious place to get chicken and waffles, that old hangover stand-by that combines sweet and savory into one dish. A Roscoe's location might be more convenient depending on where you crashed the night before, but Pann's is the place to go should you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Ladera Heights. If you do manage to get yourself up and out of bed, the staff is cheery and attentive. The hospitality isn't the only part of the Greek-owned diner that feels Southern: you can get po' boys, catfish, andouille sausage and tall slices of well-frosted cakes. They have take-out should you need a dear soul to pick up for you. —Emma Gallegos
Pann's is located at 6710 LaTijera Blvd. Los Angeles; (323)776-3770
Oinkster's got you covered for that greasy all-American food to coat your stomach. From their killer pastrami sandwiches to BBQ pulled pork sammies and a classic burger with all the fixins, the dishes will heal you and then lull you back to a food coma so you can sleep off the rest of your hangover. And if you believe in hair of the dog, they've got a pretty awesome beer selection too. —Jean Trinh
Oinkster is located at 2005 Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, (323) 255-6465; and 776 Vine Street, Hollywood, (323) 536-9248
Red Corner Asia
Sometimes the best kind of hangover comfort food is the type you can order for delivery, since the last thing you want is to get out of bed. Red Corner Asia whips up great Thai food with stellar delivery service and at a price that won't burrow a hole in your pockets. Get your crab fried rice, pad see ew noodles, and green curry fix here. In addition, there's no delivery charge and you can order it all online. —Jean Trinh
Red Corner Asia is located at 5267 Hollywood Blvd. in East Hollywood, (323) 466-6722
Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
The soup dumplings -- also known as xaio long bao or XLB -- at Din Tai Fung are well worth the long lines at their SGV and Glendale locations. 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. An added bonus is that they've opened another location at the American at Brand, where they offer the hair of the dog as well as fancied-up truffle dumplings. If that doesn't cure you, we don't know what will.
Din Tai Fung is located at 1088 South Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, (626) 446-8588; 1108 S Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, (626) 574-7068; and 171 Caruso Avenue in Glendale, (818) 551-5561
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
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
Photo by Krista Simmons/LAist
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. 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
Vegan/Vegetarian party people, don't think we have forgotten about you! Of all the vegan joints peppered around L.A., Doomie's is the place to go for unpretentious comfort food that just happens to be cruelty-free. This is not the typical vegan cafe that is hell-bent on health; Doomie's is for the vegan who just wants to dive into all the unhealthy stuff that warms the body while simultaneously destroying it. The Philly Cheese Steak is wonderful, the BBQ Pulled Pork made me tear up a little, and the vegan "Big Mac" is to die for. They don't open until noon, but that shouldn't be a problem if you've had a wild enough night. —Matthew Bramlett
Doomie's is located at 1253 N. Vine St., Suite 9, in Hollywood. 323-469-4897.
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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