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Hangover Foods?

Not necessarily the therapeutic kind, but just foods you eat to make you "feel" better when one too many games of quarters were played the night before ...

Here's my list:

1. Big Mac
2. PB&J
3. Wasabi and grated ginger in congee


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    1. re: akp

      Totally, with the small cubes of ice, or shaved even. Heaven.

      1. re: akp

        My mother swears by Coke too. I prefer a sparkling water. I think it's the bubbles that do the trick either way.

        1. re: NovoCuisine

          sparkling water is my #1 cure. works every time (almost...there are some hangovers that just cant be cured!)

        2. re: akp

          Coke syrup is even better. Once my boyfriend went to the nearby pizza parlor and convinced them to sell him a cup of coke syrup. It worked like magic!

        3. Menudo
          Turkey congee
          Slightly charred toast with plenty of butter
          Meaty stews

          1. Mac & cheese
            baked potato
            french fries

            Sensing a very starchy theme here?

            When things are really bad:
            saltines, applesauce, and ginger ale

            1. Spicy soupy stuff - yuk kae jang, pho, bloody mary's......

              1. Ordinarily I crave a greasy, salty and meaty breakfast, like a traditional two-egger with sausage, hash browns, and toast with lots of butter. Later in the day I usually want pasta carbonara - that is, pasta with bacon and eggs!

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                1. re: Grubbjunkie

                  That does it for me -- egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel, usually -- with some butter on the bagel.

                2. big mac
                  dr pepper or coca cola
                  bisquits n gravy
                  fried green tomatoes
                  taco bell
                  snacks every 30minutes.

                  1. Bacon
                    Big Mac
                    Kraft Dinner (Mac and Cheese)


                    1. Egg McMuffin w/Cheese and Hash Browns (but no OJ-too acidic for the stomach).

                      1. Ham, egg and cheese on an english muffin with a side of OJ/carrot juice.

                        1. Please don't puke...Cool Ranch Doritos are the cure for all that comes with a hangover!

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                          1. re: MRS

                            not if CR Doritos and Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill were what you puked up the night before. (i was 19 and didn't know any better.) to this day, 20 yrs later, the smell of CR Doritos makes me a little woozy.

                            1. re: Jelly71

                              That is heinous!! Ugh!!! My old MO used to be that I had to eat them when I was totally loaded, and then eat the rest in the AM. So disgusting, I know. We were once staying in a top hotel in Boston but I made my husband ( then boyfriend) creep all over Boston at 2 am to get them for me. It was insane.

                          2. A couple of more "Morning Beers"

                            1. cheeseburger and bloody mary breakfast

                              1. Toast with honey.

                                Congee, oatmeal or grits.

                                Eggs with sautéed mushrooms and veggie baked beans.

                                Corn Flakes mixed with broken arrowroot cookies and milk.

                                Cold pizza.

                                1. Pozole- all the deliciousness of menudo without the tripe

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                                  1. re: QuaffStout

                                    For some of us, me included, that does not compute. It's like "all the advantages of being married without the sex."

                                    Aside from the fact that the deliciousness of menudo is pretty much all about the tripe, there's also the heavy-duty protein component that it provides. This may be only an old hangover veteran's perception, but I swear I can feel that gummy glutinous protein broth from the tripe knitting my fragmented brain tissues back together.

                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                      In that vein: birria, a spicy Jalisco-style goat stew that is extremely popular on Sunday mornings. The trick is fighting evil with a greater evil.

                                  2. Steinlager Beer..Big bottle

                                    1. Here in LA, breakfast at Tommy's. Sounds disgusting, but it works for me.

                                      1. French fries and Coke. McDonalds breakfast also works, but often for the bad hangover days, I'm not up until after breakfast is already over there.

                                          1. re: jcpageca

                                            I'm with the huevos with hot green chile.

                                          2. water water water water

                                            1. 01. Anything deep fried - specifics depend on local availability and time of day. Mushrooms, onions, and potatos are always good!

                                              02. Buttered wholegrain toast with eggs sunnyside up or scrambled, and a shake or two of tabasco.

                                              03. Slightly stale pumpernickel, egg, wheat, or marble bagel with butter and a large glass of orange or grapefruit juice.

                                              04. Schweppes Ginger Ale.

                                              1. At lunchtime, wonton soup sure helps.

                                                At breakfast time, a big plateful of hashbrowns smothered in gravy. Really! And a mug of coffee and a glass of milk to go with it.

                                                1. -Taco Bell
                                                  -A big combo platter from your favorite Mexican place
                                                  -Chili cheese omelet
                                                  -Cheeseburger and fries
                                                  -Diet coke

                                                  1. I see a couple people have already mentioned beer. A beer and a bacon sandwich is all I can think about when waking up from a rough night.

                                                    1. Mexican food, nearly any kind. A hearty burrito will always do the trick.

                                                      And any soda with sugar. I think the sugar aspect of it can be just as satisfying as the carbonation.

                                                      When I'm truly hungover, my sense of taste is dumbed down. It usually takes very strong (often sweet) flavors to help bring things back.

                                                      1. Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale. I think this is fairly regional for the South. But boy, does it work. Extra ginger-y. It has quite a bite. Puts Schwepps and Canada Dry to shame!!!!

                                                        1. A large glass of Guinness stout,two slices of cold pizza, 4 aspirins and....................time.

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                                                          1. re: beevod

                                                            ur not supposed to take aspirin when u have alcohol in ur system.

                                                            1. re: twizted18

                                                              You can take aspirin but, acetaminophen is not recommended with alcohol.
                                                              However, 4 aspirin is twice the recommended dose.

                                                              For a hangover, my suggestion is soda made with sugar (not high fructose corn syrup) and lots of salty pretzels.

                                                          2. A big glass of milk, to start. Coating my stomach, maybe? And then plain scrambled eggs and toast or an English muffin. To soak up anything left in my tummy. :-)

                                                            1. Spicy chili and/or matzoh ball soup with a ton of noodles, heavily buttered toast and ice cold milk.

                                                              1. McDonalds number 1, super sized with a coke and a filet o fish on the side with extra tartar sauce.

                                                                1. sausage Mcmuffin with egg, and 3 hasbrowns..

                                                                  Gyros & Eggs in Greektown


                                                                  Hair of the dog, Tequilla sunrise

                                                                  1. steak and cheese sub w/ grilled onions, xlarge fries, lots of water w/ and gatorade chaser

                                                                    1. First, some Gatorade.

                                                                      Then, a fried egg sandwich with bacon and cheese on it, and a bloody mary with a beer chaser.

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                                                                      1. re: Mill City Modern

                                                                        Gatorade! That's a great call. Electrolytes and all.

                                                                        1. re: NovoCuisine

                                                                          My roommate swears by this. I can always tell when he's been out partying because of the six-pack of Gatorade in the fridge.

                                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                                            My uncle drinks orange Gatorade and vodka. He got hooked on it while playing tennis.


                                                                            1. re: Davwud


                                                                              Is that like a screwdriver for athletes?

                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                I'm guessing.
                                                                                He drank them but found it was too heavy for the tennis court. How he can play and not spill it is beyond me but he likes it and I guess that's what counts.


                                                                      2. Fried rice the way it's done in North American-style Chinese restaurants -- I can eat the whole order ( wash it down with really cold Coke....)

                                                                        1. I see a trend in all the responses -- fluids, minerals, vital nutrients...well most of them.

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                                                                          1. 1) Two Jack in the Box tacos. Sure cure for tequila belly.

                                                                            2) pho.

                                                                            1. Mentioned above... Menudo, with a squeeze of lime and a heavy dose of hot sauce (Cholula works well in this role). (The menudo must be from an authentic taqueria, not from cans, Juanita's et al.).

                                                                              1. Bloody Mary's (definately plural)



                                                                                an Alka Seltzer chaser

                                                                                1. Some hair of the dog, and an apple

                                                                                  1. I'm with grubjunkie: fried eggs-bacon-cheese on bagel with butter, homefries....icy DC with a Berocca chaser.

                                                                                    1. I must say to you all, that I was given a genetic gift at conception. I have never suffered a hangover.


                                                                                      Last weekend, after downing many G+Ts on Saturday evening/Sunday morning. I awoke at 8am Sunday morning all daisy fresh.

                                                                                      So, really the foods that made me feel better were the veggies that I got ready for Sunday lunch.

                                                                                      I will go back to lurking.

                                                                                      1. Big cup of strong black tea with sugar (I usually don't take sugar in my tea, but when hangover awfully crave sugar).
                                                                                        Instant korean ramen very spicy.

                                                                                        If all that doesn't help - shot of vodka.

                                                                                        1. Coke float.
                                                                                          Tortilla soup, salty & limey.

                                                                                          1. For a breakfast-time hangover: country-fried steak, eggs over medium, and french fries with lots of gravy (brown or white will do), and lots of coffee and water.

                                                                                            For lunchtime if I'm REALLY hungover at work: Big Mac, fries, and a four-piece McNuggets.

                                                                                            Spicy Bloody Mary's always help too on the weekends.

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                                                                                            1. re: thegazelle4

                                                                                              Bacon, egg and cheese with ketchup on a toasted english muffin. Coffee, OJ and maybe some melon. helps bring me back to life

                                                                                            2. 8AM - 2 Alka Seltzer in a pint glass of water. Go back to bed.
                                                                                              12PM - Bacon cheeseburger and fries or steak and eggs plus a couple pint glasses of Coke.

                                                                                              1. A couple of breakfast tacos with hot sauce


                                                                                                chinese food

                                                                                                1. I always start with a ton of water. Then, if I got drunk with my college buddies, then off to Denny's we go for the traditional Steak & Eggs breakfast with extra greasy hashbrowns. If not, then McD's for a Steak, Egg, and Cheese bagel, 2 hashbrowns, and the largest Diet Coke I can find. That usually works but if this is one for the ages, its spicy indian food for lunch with a kingfisher.

                                                                                                  1. pizza. advil. pizza. gatorade. pizza. water. nap!

                                                                                                    1. Beer
                                                                                                      Mexican Shrimp Cocktails

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                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                        I think Eat Nopal was referring to a type of Mexican soup - it's usually spicy, think it has tripe in it, rumored to be a great hangover cure...

                                                                                                      2. If at the beach cottage - fried fish, baked beans, scrambled eggs, beer w/ice, advil. If in the city - gatorade, cheeseburger, bloody mary, advil.

                                                                                                          1. A big glass of milk before I go to bed (and aspirin) means I won't have a hangover to begin with.

                                                                                                            1. I haven't had to resort to hangover food for a long time, but it used to be boxed Kraft mac and cheese.
                                                                                                              Reading this thread makes me think McDonalds would have had a tough go of it during prohibition.

                                                                                                              1. chicken biscuit from Bojangle's

                                                                                                                if delivery is available: unagi don (eel bowl), shrimp tempura, latin-american style seafood rice, pupusas.

                                                                                                                mcd's breakfast sandwiches are supposed to be available soon on an all day menu. that would change everything, wouldn't it?

                                                                                                                1. I start with a 12hr Aleve and a ranitidine, then a glass of apple cider, maybe some Just Right cereal. After a few hours I'll be mobile.

                                                                                                                  1. If I have the wherewithall I do the prevent defense of a few excedrin before bed and then in the AM very hot Miso soup, I swear I can feel the life breathing back into me.

                                                                                                                    1. KFC and Black coffee followed by a beer will always get you back on your feet.

                                                                                                                      1. Used to be an Egg McMuffin and hash browns (2, of course). Either that, or super-greasy diner food, as long as scrambled eggs and some sort of fried potatoes, preferably in the form of home fries, were to be found.

                                                                                                                        But for the last 6 months, strangely enough, not only have I not craved those foods the next morning, I can't even indulge in the thought of either that or late-night eating (about which I used to be so very demanding) without getting queasy, to the point where I'd rather suffer through the hangover than eat. I suppose this is good for the waistline, but I miss those breakfasts.

                                                                                                                        1. Coca-Cola out of the can only.
                                                                                                                          Cambell's Chicken Noodle Soup.

                                                                                                                          1. This was rather informative.


                                                                                                                            I always liked a tuna melt on toasted rye.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: SweetPea

                                                                                                                              So it looks like eggs, bananas, water and fruit juice are the way to go. :-)

                                                                                                                            2. Reed's Extra Ginger Brew ginger beer. Two aspirin every four hours. Matzoh ball soup. Maybe a chocolate milkshake. Resolution never to do that again.

                                                                                                                              1. PHO.

                                                                                                                                raspberry-lemon bubbly water from whole foods.

                                                                                                                                another shot of whatever you drank the most of chased by lots and lots of water-- hair of the dog works, just don't turn it into a bender!

                                                                                                                                1. Everything Bagel, toasted with Veggie Cream cheese - from the bagelry of your choice

                                                                                                                                  Subs. Lately it's been a Potbelly Turkey sandwich on wheat, no cheese with lettuce, tomato, pickle, hot peppers and deli mustard. But I'm also partial to Jimmy Johns, Erbert and Gerbert, Milio's... you name it.

                                                                                                                                  Breakfast burritos (made at home).

                                                                                                                                  Chinese take out.

                                                                                                                                  I suspect I'll be partaking in some of these delights this very weekend as my younger brother will be visiting for three nights!

                                                                                                                                  1. grape pedialyte w/ a couple of ounces of bombay sapphire gin

                                                                                                                                    1. if im awake early enough the steak egg and cheese bagel from mcdonalds... if not.. then def the big mac... god's gift to hangovers...i swear ronald mcdonald was in AA

                                                                                                                                      1. Definitely bacon, fried eggs, and cheese on a roll or bagel. Coca cola with lots of ice (not in the can, but in the glass or from the fountain). Pizza, but just cheese--none of those pesky veggies to get in the way of the delicious cheese and starch.

                                                                                                                                        1. In n Out Double Double Animal style w/ well-done fries.

                                                                                                                                          1. 1) Guacamole (with chips, tacos, burritos)
                                                                                                                                            2) Cake and Pie (the food, not the Lisa Loeb album ~ the latter is good but proved quite inedible)
                                                                                                                                            3) Omelet (preferably one with avocados)
                                                                                                                                            4) Breakfast Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                            5) Potato Chips - particularly Kettle's Honey Dijon


                                                                                                                                            1. Developed when I lived down the street from a vegan fast food joint, a tempeh reuben with a side of mashed potatos. Pretty dependent on that particular place because otherwise I go for a Big Mac with bbq sauce.

                                                                                                                                              1. I forgot one - mini bagels split in half, buttered, sprinkled with garlic salt, toasted under the broiler, spread with cream cheese, and eaten.

                                                                                                                                                1. Believe it or not: Vegimite on hot buttered toast. Loaded with B vitamins. "Loaded" being the operative word.

                                                                                                                                                  1. With every hangover, I must have the following:
                                                                                                                                                    - Gatorade
                                                                                                                                                    - an omelet made with lots of veggies, jack cheese, and jalapenos
                                                                                                                                                    - home fries and a side of sausage
                                                                                                                                                    - club soda with lots of lime

                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm a big believer in the bloody mary for the day after the night before. Sometimes a cold beer will suffice but there's something about the spicy tomato juice that just hits the spot. That and plenty of potatoes -- home fries or my favorite, hash browns, cooked in leftover bacon drippings. Good as new.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Pho is the way to go. you rehydrate with a soup with lots of nutrients in it plus your carbs and protein. You also get lots of herbs and spices like ginger which help you feel better. That and a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk for the headache and you are golden. Trust me this is the best medicine.

                                                                                                                                                        I have never understood why people like such greasy foods the next day. They will prolong your misery, it is better to put nutritious things in your body. all of the wonderful marrow from the bones leaches out into the soup and really works wonders.

                                                                                                                                                        Oh and a big swig of good EV olive oil before bed makes things better in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                        Other soup alternatives like miso or real ramen work too

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: NovoCuisine

                                                                                                                                                            I dont really know the scientific reasoning behind it, or if there is any but all i know is if i remember to take in some olive oil, i feel better the next morning.

                                                                                                                                                            I discovered this in college, i was really drunk and the only thing in my house were crackers and olive oil. The next morning i felt great. Tried it with just olive oil and no crackers and worked too.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MVNYC

                                                                                                                                                              This could be an urban myth, but I heard KGB spies drank oil before going out to drink, so they stay sober while others get drunk and spill the secrets. The reasoning was that oil coats the stomach, so the alcohol does not get into the blood. There is a reason alcohol is served with nuts - nuts are oily. So looks like oil also works afterwards as well.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Couple of dogs with the works, and a tamale, from Gene's & Jude's in River Grove, IL

                                                                                                                                                          Six or eight sliders with cheese from White Castle.

                                                                                                                                                          A "breakfast special" sandwich - 2 sausages, 2 strips bacon, 1 fried egg, lettuce, tomato and mayo on white toast.

                                                                                                                                                          A few slices of top quality pizza leftovers, cold, with a large glass of milk.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Burrito al pastor at a good taco truck. With a pepsi.

                                                                                                                                                            1. One friend of mine swears by eating tons of fruit and smoking some pot. I'm not into that, but maybe this tidbit will help somebody out there...

                                                                                                                                                              1. Lemonade or fruit punch Vitamin Water, lots of regular water, and a "magic" cheeseburger from my neighborhood deli.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Sushi with enough wasabi to sweat out the toxins produced by the hangover. Washed down with vast quantities of beer...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. The nest day I'm usually craving a carbs, but I try to be good by drinking gatorade (electrolytes!), eating a banana (B vitamins) and taking a motrin.

                                                                                                                                                                    Then when I'm feeling well enought to be vertical and off the couch, I go have something sweet and bready, like a doughnut, prime my tummy for a monster helping of pasta of some kind.

                                                                                                                                                                    or a loaded omelette with swiss, mushrooms, caramelized onions, spinach and ham.

                                                                                                                                                                    What a list!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. This is the only time I eat McDonald's anymore. Sausage biscuit with egg. And an ice coffee (not from McD's).


                                                                                                                                                                      Pho and vietnamese ice coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                      Lots and lots of water with both.

                                                                                                                                                                      There's an interesting discussion of hangovers and why various remedies work in On Food and Cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Food when hung over? ugh. maybe some fruit, juice or coffee and plenty of water.

                                                                                                                                                                        This is not food but I am happy to share this hangover headache cure. Fill a big bowl or bathroom sink with ice water. Use plenty of ice. Take a few deep breaths and immerse your face as deep as you can for as long as you can. Breath. Repeat if necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Pepsi, grilled cheese and tomato soup, any diner breakfast that involves homefries, pho.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I can't stop eating if I have a hangover...and it's all starch. I try to avoid hangovers as I haven't found a real cure. A Bloody Mary with bkfst works..if I am out to brunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: melly

                                                                                                                                                                              i'm with you on this..............when i'm hungover, I'm starving from start to finish. A full English breakfast to start, with extra bacon, a large mug of tea and a can of full fat Coke. Back to sleep for a couple of hours. Surface late afternoon. Sunday lunch - roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, peas, broccoli........... Then a snooze in front of the Sunday afternoon football (soccer). Supper time? Toasted cheese sandwiches with crisps (chips), another pint of full fat Coke - then goodnight Berlin xxxxxxxx

                                                                                                                                                                            2. if its lunch
                                                                                                                                                                              cheeseburger, fries and a vanilla shake
                                                                                                                                                                              if its breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                              western or spanish omelette with well done home fries and a vanilla shake

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Primanti's - Cap and Egg sandwich.


                                                                                                                                                                                Two eggs over easy, hashbrowns, sausage, and toast


                                                                                                                                                                                Diet Coke

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Two coney's, heavy on the chili and onions and a very large, very icey diet coke or pepsi.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. A mimosa. The booze to take the edge off, and juice to get a few nutrients back in my system.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Obviously a lot of people swear by greasy breakfast chow but the very thought just makes me all the more ill.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Big Glass of water

                                                                                                                                                                                      Salted Cod Fish Breakfast with toasted scones

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bloody Mary

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A shot of vodka (maybe 2) then I proceed with a simple breakfast of scrambled eggs with lots of black pepper, some shredded cheddar and chopped scallions, and a buttered english muffin. All washed down with unsweetend iced tea. I can't do greasy for hangovers, it just makes me feel worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. First thing I head for is coconut water, any flavor or plain. Gotta replenish those electrolytes asap!!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Then it's out for some kind of eggs, fruit & starch (preferably potatoes).... Lately, it's been the Uncle Herschel's breakfast from Cracker Barrel with the grilled catfish & a side of the apples. So that's fish, eggs, hashbrown casserole, grits (no gravy), the fried apples & at least one cup of coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. A breakfast burrito the size of my head.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Hot and sour soup.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Spicy foods in general
                                                                                                                                                                                              Taco Bell

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                I hear you on the Taco Bell- especially a chili-cheese burrito dripping with sour cream. Sometimes a couple of gulps of pickle juice and even Spaghettios straight from the can. The last thing I feel like doing is cooking anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 1. Breakfast burrito

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Eggs in (almost) any form with toast

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Buttered bagel
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Pho

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Quarter pounder with cheese. Chocolate shake. I am still sick by dinnertime, Velveeta shells and cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iambecky

                                                                                                                                                                                                    this is such a great thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    im in the soup camp- soup dumplings and something fried and delicious (theres a place near me that makes delicious turnip cakes) will cure me

                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh and a nap

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. coconut water, naps, then salty food like chips and pizza. i usually eat really healthy but when i have an angry skull i crave starch and cheese and lots of it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I love this thread. SO funny to see the chowhounds, who are normally eating such fancy food, reverting to taco bell and big macs with no apologies! Hangovers are a powerful thing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      my cure: gatorade, pho (!!!), and sleep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carlee134

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm actually a little surprised to see Taco Bell and McDonald's referenced on so many lists here, even though I shouldn't be. My hangover foods are definitely grease-laden, but I usually go with something like a Primanti's sandwich or a big breakfast -- something more along the lines of diner food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Taco Bell and McDonald's used to be regular drunk foods for me -- I always used to be down for some TB or McD's after partying, but never the next day when I was hungover. Weird...