We've all been there. A great night out turns into a morning of misery and regret. Hangovers can be pesky and unforgiving but fortunately, the Eater Chicago Hangover Brunch Map will reveal some of the best places to recover. Whether it's rich, hearty comfort food, a warm bowl of noodles or even a little bit of hair of the dog that helps, keep these places in mind the next time you need a pick-me-up. After all, it'll go a long way towards beating that hangover and be much more productive than laying at home curled up in the fetal position.Read More
Guide: 12 Places to Dine for Hangover Brunch
The city's best brunch spots to nurse yourself back to health.
Davanti Enoteca Chicago
Bloody Mary fans will be in heaven at the sight of Davanti Enoteca’s massive Bloody Mary bar. Create your own from a variety of sauces, pickled items, meats and more. Then start with a plate of cheeses and cured meats before moving onto Italian brunch dishes such as frittata Bianca, rigatoni with sausage and oven roasted tomatoes, and a selection of pizzas.
If the Asian fusion cuisine doesn’t make you feel better, one look at the ridiculous Sunda Bloody Mary Cart will. Build your own monstrous concoction with a plethora of ingredients before digging into a menu full of signature maki (rainbow roll), dim sum (oxtail potstickers), noodles (pad thai) and other more traditional brunch flavors such as chicken & waffles and smoked salmon & crab benedict.
Longman & Eagle
A little hair of the dog and a shot of whiskey will cure any lingering ailments from the previous night and you won’t find a larger selection than at Longman & Eagle. If that’s not enough, order the PBR Breakfast with two eggs, bacon or housemade sausage, house potatoes and a can of PBR. Other dishes include steak & eggs, chicken & waffles and a wild boar sloppy joe that’s better than any other version you’ve had of the sandwich.
Let Chris Pandel’s cooking relieve you of that hangover. Start with a warm cinnamon roll before heartier items like braised pork chilaquiles and chicken ‘n a biscuit help you recover. There’s even an appropriately-named Hangover Breakfast of noodles and veggies in pork broth that’s deeply comforting and satisfying.
Au Cheval is good pretty much any hour of the day but it’ll definitely hit the spot after a night of drinking. Let greasy spoon fare such as the cheeseburger a cheval, fried bologna sandwich and potato hash with duck heart gravy do its job or alleviate the hangover with a different approach by ordering a cocktail like the Painkiller (rum, orange, pineapple, coco lopez).
The University Village favorite offers plenty of libations with an expansive beer list for those who want to keep the party going. Brunch cocktails include The Cure (Unicorn’s Blood espresso blend, El Dorado rum, Carpano Antica, Fernet Branca), Three Aces’ Bloody Mary and more, while the menu has plenty of grease to soak up the alcohol with items like breakfast poutine and the always-delicious Ace burger.
Bring friends and recover together over Mercadito’s shareable plates. In addition to the restaurant’s ever-popular tacos, guacamoles and ceviches, the brunch menu also offers Spanish favorites including chilaquiles, carnitas hash, chorizo omelet and more. Sip on a mango mimosita or michelada and that hangover will be gone before you know it.
A Chicago favorite for breakfast and brunch, the Bongo Room is also a great spot for those rough mornings. Delectable, sinful dishes include a Greek style burrito loaded with grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, feta and guacamole; a deconstructed lobster roll benedict; and chocolate tower French toast for sweet tooths.
A hot bowl of noodle soup will instantly improve just about any condition and Slurping Turtle’s ramen is as good as it comes. Start with duck fat fried chicken before moving onto the noodles. There’s the traditional tonkotsu as well as the Tan Tan Men, a spicy pork broth with meatballs char siu, bok choy and bean sprouts that has just the right amount of heat to chase away that hangover. And those who want to keep drinking can complement the meal with one of the specialty Japanese beers.
Few places embrace the concept of hangover brunch more than Hub 51, where it’s basically encouraged. You’ll want to start with one of the Bloodies concoctions, made with various types of alcohol in case vodka’s not your thing. Then recover with a menu of brunch favorites like omelettes, huevos rancheros, corned beef hash, blueberry pancakes, French toast and a lot more. Plus receive 10% off if you’re in pajamas or 20% off if your “pajamas” are last night’s outfit.
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Enjoy brunch with a view and a glass of bubbles to nurse that hangover. Throw caution to the wind and order a bottle of Champagne or stick with more traditional brunch cocktails like a Bloody Mary or Bellini. Comforting small plates are a nice change of pace and include biscuits and gravy, brunch poutine and huevos rancheros to help the recovery process, while other items like a Greek yogurt parfait and seasonal fruit salad will keep you refreshed for the day ahead.
Sometimes the only remedy for a hangover is to keep drinking and this Edgewater spot offers the best bang for the buck with its $10 bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary deal. Imbibe all that you want while pairing it with dishes like breakfast pasta carbonara, BBQ beef brisket breakfast burrito, and the quiche of the day and you might find yourself lazily spending half an afternoon at Broadway Cellars.