When the night has gone just a tad too late and is carrying itself into the morning, nothing feels better than hangover food. Thankfully, Chicago’s restaurants have plenty of dishes that’ll do the trick. Tacos, pho, barbecue, fried chicken, and burgers fill the list; for a bonus, many of the restaurants serve beer and brunch cocktails for a little hair of the dog to chase away headaches.Read More
A Guide to Chicago’s Finest Hangover Cures
When the hair of the dog won’t cut it, tacos will
1. Tank Noodle
There’s nothing like a huge bowl of pho to kick that crummy feeling. The No. 40 is a Tank Noodle favorite (a combo of brisket, flank, tripe, tendon, and meatball), and for just a dollar it can be upgraded to an extra large. Bonus points for delivery.
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2. Luella's Southern Kitchen
To feel at home and also pack in the carbs, Luella’s is the spot. Brunch highlights include pancakes, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy.
3. The Biscuit Man
Fried chicken biscuits, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches, and cheese curds: all of the essential hangover cures in one spot. The space that houses the Biscuit Man also happens to be a killer beer bar — the Long Room.
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Spicy fried chicken wings will revitalize for the hangovers that demand a little spice and grease, while those who need something healthy can chow down on a buddha bowl. Crisp also delivers in case of extreme hangover.
5. DMK Burger Bar
The best hangover cure is a burger, hands down. The number 4 at DMK adds a little spice without being overpowering, while fried pickles and okra pad the rest of the stomach.
Reno handles food allergies and dietary restrictions excellently, pizzas abound, sandwiches cure everything, and beers and Bloody Mary’s round out the meal.
Handlebar offers vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals that are filling and revitalizing. Go for the breakfast burrito or huevos diablos for maximum hangover cure status.
8. Big Star
Big Star is perfect for the pre-hangover taco at the walk-up window. But now with brunch at the Wrigleyville location, every taco can be turned into breakfast with the addition of scrambled eggs.
9. Pub Royale
Sometimes hangover cures aren’t just about food, but also about atmosphere. Pub Royale’s booths allow for maximum settling in, naan provides life-giving carbs, and kedgeree and beer solve everything else.
10. Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant
Any Thai dish is an instant hangover cure, and Silver Spoon’s lunch options are perfect for doing the job. Try the pad see eiw, a staple drunk food in Thailand.
11. The Roost Carolina Kitchen
Hot, cheesy, pickle-y fried chicken on a biscuit is absolutely a hangover cure. Add macaroni and cheese to that to-go order from the Roost and stay in bed.
12. San Soo Korean BBQ
If actually sitting through a whole meal is on the table, San Soo is the perfect spot. Absolutely get a soup and the marinated bulgogi and keep the banchan coming.
13. Ramen Takeya
Ramen noodles are an instant revival, whether it’s a hangover or a cold. Ramen Takeya’s super umami options are on point. A bottle of fizzy Calpis will soothe the stomach, too.
14. Lou Mitchell's
What’s better than diner brunch for hangovers? The menu at Lou Michell’s has everything from cold cereal to loaded omelettes, so feel free to find that special cure.
15. 5 Rabanitos Restaurante & Taqueria
Both vegetarian and traditional tacos stand out on 5 Rabanitos’ menu, but enchiladas make the ultimate hangover meal here.
16. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings
If plates upon plates of dumplings sound like the perfect hangover cure, QXY is the ultimate spot.
17. The Promontory
A lineup of killer brunch cocktails and well-executed traditional brunch dishes in this gorgeous space make it the perfect place to sit out a hangover.