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Best 4AM after a night of drinking meal?

I remember the good old days when my local diner was open 24 hours day. They had all kinds of pre-hangover cures. And a lot of strong coffee.

My favorites were

1. Three eggs over-easy with bacon & sausage, corned beef hash, and four slices of toast. A heart attack waiting to happen, but delicious.
2. The Jimmy Dean burger - a medium rare hamburger with a fried egg on top with fries and onion rings.
3 Every once in a while I'd get crabmeat stuffed mushrooms (yes at a diner at 4AM) that were the size of baseballs. It was heaven, and the funniest thing was.that at the time, I didn't like Mushrooms or Crabmeat.

At home now, I love to make a nice egg sandwich topped with whatever cheese and bacon I have and put it on a bagel that I've already put cream cheese on. It keeps that morning hangover away! If I'm out, it's definitely ole reliable #1 from above!

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  1. In Los Angeles, that would be a Tommy's chili cheeseburger at the original Beverly Blvd. location, surrounded by post-partygoers similarly searching for salvation. To look at the thing, you wouldn't think it'd work, but it does. You don't necessarily feel great afterwards, but at least not hungover.

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    1. re: annagranfors

      biscuits and gravy with homefries!

      1. re: LaLa

        one of the most beautiful things, ever, at 4 a.m. -- esp. if beer goggles are just starting to wear off. ;)

        1. re: LaLa

          I agree; biscuits and gravy it is. I like mine with eggs over medium and a cocktail!

      2. My favorite is a sort of hashbrown skillet.

        In a heavy cast iron pan fry some bulk sausage, remove from the pan and set aside, add small diced potatoes and a little oil, salt and pepper, fry for 10 minutes until almost done. Add some diced onion and diced mixed peppers (red, poblano or any fresh hot pepper), mix together and fry for five minutes more. Add the sausage back in, mix and heat thoroughly. Break two eggs on top of the sausage/potato mixture, cover tightly and heat gently until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Scoop out with a spatula leaving the eggs on top. You can really add anything else you want, bacon, tomatoes or mushrooms. Must be all the oil that helps keep the hangover away.

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        1. re: giveittomikey

          Sounds a lot like one of my favorite "Naked Chef" episodes, where Jamie Oliver, when he used to be good on tv, made a pan cooked breakfast as a end of the night snack for a group of hungry ladies. It had tons of sausage and potatoes and then he made little pockets for the eggs to go in. Was asbolutely mouth watering and something I have done myself.

          1. re: giveittomikey

            i'd happily eat that, but no one should ever let me near a stove to actually make that at 4 a.m. after a night of drinking

            1. re: cimui

              That reminds me of one night I got home and ate an 18 oz steak and had no recollection. I'm assuming it was at the time, the greatst steak I ever cooked!

              Not sure how I forgot this one....but White Castles in the 10-pak sack were one of my favorites. I'd hit 7-11 and get those and a big gulp. I'd end up eating all 10 and taking about two sips from the big gulp.

              1. re: cimui

                We never had the common sense to avoid the stove after drinking when I used live Downtown: where we live life fast and play hard. Eggs in purgatory with pasta, mac-n-cheese, grilled cheese, liverwurst sandwiches, homemade popcorn with flavored butters, curried lentils, I think we even tried to make a steak on one occasion. The only mishap was when we deep fried pork belly and created a small grease fire. The situation could have been pretty hairy considering we had dismantled the smoke alarm, probably after another bout of drinking, since it went off if we so much as fried an egg.

                1. re: JungMann

                  >>deep fried pork belly

                  this is a stroke of drunken genius that i hope you followed up on, sober. that sounds both mildly horrifying and delicious!

                  1. re: cimui

                    I can't take credit for the deep-fried deliciousness that is lechon kawali. It's a common Filipino drinking food (pulutan) that saw us through most of the summer of 2006. Usually, though, we opted for deep frying shoulder instead. The money saved was responsibly used to buy more San Miguel beer and the ingredients for homemade ginger mojitos.

              2. re: giveittomikey

                Are you kidding me? You do this while you're drunk at 4am? Maybe you're dreaming about this when you're passed out on your kitchen floor after eating a frozen burrito!

                1. re: Jacey

                  When I was but a student I might have enjoyed the frozen burrito or two (probably more, my father used to buy them by the box), but graduation has led me to bigger and better things! It helps that I also don't keep ready-made foods in the larder..

                  1. re: Jacey

                    This is making me think about the time I found my husband passed out on the kitchen floor hugging an empty box of Triscuits. A frozen Red Baron pepperoni pie was at his side. I'm so glad it never got to the oven!

                    1. re: alliegator

                      Mrs. Porker's cousin was a little girl a few years back and we were visiting. So the girl says (in a little girl voice) "Yeah, daddy must have been real tired last night 'cause he slept on the kitchen floor!" - we all had a good laugh....
                      Wait a minute, alliegator, is your real name Donna?

                      1. re: porker

                        Haha! Not me, though :)
                        The funniest part of finding my husband like that was have the dog pounce on him to wake him up!

                      2. re: alliegator

                        I came home to similar circumstances more than once. Ex husband passed out in odd place with weird food concoctions in the kitchen and around him. Lucky he never caught the place on fire.

                  2. Your #1 sounds about right. Eggs, wheat toast, home fries, and WATER. Back in my Burlington days, gravy fries were good as well.

                    One thing not to eat: pink snowballs. I had a friend in college call me up hysterically one morning b/c she thought she was throwing up blood after a night of drinking. I had to explain to her that she'd gorged herself on pink snowballs before I put her to bed the night before.

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                    1. re: Cachetes

                      AHHH! At my diner they called them Disco Fries. A heaping plate of those smothered in cheese and some hot brown gravy.

                      The snowballs story is great!

                    2. 1. homemade tamales sauteed and then mixed in with scrambled eggs with firey hot pico de gallo

                      2. three char grilled steak tacos with only cilantro and onion, and one barbacoa taco, same way - all with fire hot pico de gallo

                      3. Char grilled skirt steak burrito with lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, tomato, and avocado with fire hot pico de gallo.

                      4. Chilaquiles

                      5. Leftover pizza

                      Washed down with gatorade and vicodin!

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                      1. re: gordeaux

                        OMG... Pass hangover and proceed directly to heart attack :-}

                      2. Anything with carbs! My body craves it. A long time ago, I stumbled back into my apartment at 5A after New Year's Eve. I was still way too drunk to go out and get something to eat (plus, I wasn't digging the stares I was getting from my costume as I just came back from a pimps and hos party). I ransacked my pantry, stuffing my mouth with stale crackers.

                        A more proper 4A after a night of drinking meal is eggs and home fries with a side of sausage. A more virtuous meal is sul long tang -- a Korean beef bone soup that's been simmered for days.