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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.

                        1. A few...

                          I generally don't eat chipstand stuff anymore (by god in todays world...), but when the inhibitions are gone at 4:00 am, hell, fries with gravy, all dressed steamed hot dogs...ohhh boy.

                          Many restaurants are closed in the city come 4:00am, but a few are open in Chinatown! Chow mein or simple soup or crab with ginger and shallot. It ain't 4:00, but I'm drinking and I'm getting hungry!

                          Closer to home, we take turns, the wife and I, coming up with something mucho gusto. Leftover pasta (yeah, a carb thing) fried in a teflon pan with the meatballs sliced and the homemade italian sausage cut in 3. Toss in extra salt and red chili flakes and you're sleeping with a smile.
                          Or whip up your own chinese soup - see whats in the cupboard and make a 'kiss my a$$' hot and sour soup.
                          Or my wife will even make a pizza dough, let it rise, roll it out, spread out last week's defrosted sauce, sliced pepperoni, anchovies on half (for me, god bless her soul) and wake me to eat when its all bubbly....I eat with one eye open and a grin on my face!

                          No energy...open a campbells vegetable soup and eat it outta the can.

                          1. A dozen Jack in the Box tacos. And a diet coke.

                            (JK on the diet coke!)

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                            1. re: ricepad

                              Oh, how I miss JITB. I also remember they had the best chocolate cake. In the middle of the night it really hit the spot. Unfortunately, Jack hasn't moved east yet.

                              1. re: othervoice

                                Othervoice, there was once a JITB in Lawrence, MA, right on Broadway...why it closed, I'll never know. Cheap and good anytime of day, back when I had a cast-iron tummy.

                                But you're right. I don't see them in NE anymore.

                            2. Pierogies from Kiev (when it was still around)
                              Eggs and fries from Florent (boo hoo, gone too)
                              pizza

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                              1. re: misnatalie

                                "Pierogies from Kiev (when it was still around)"
                                I looooved Kiev! I was so sad when they closed. There is nothing like their outrageous pierogi, delicious soups, incredible challah and amazing blintzes(sp?) at 4am. I've never found a better place for late night/early morning feasting. If anyone knows of a similar place, please post!

                              2. I'm the odd woman out here, but I go for a pint of Ben & Jerry's.

                                1. In college my one roommate and I would come home from a night of boozing and her boyfriend (husband now) would wait up to take us to Waffle House, I'd get a fried egg, bacon and cheese on white toast and a little bowl of grits.

                                  ahhh...good times, good times.

                                  1. Yes, the definitive answer is grease and/or spicy food, followed by soothing ice cream.

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                                    1. re: Gail

                                      See, I do the opposite. I get the fat from ice cream and then settle my stomach w/some salt (pretzels, pizza, whatever is around).

                                    2. pho does an admirable job of diluting (esp. if the saltiness gets you to follow up with more water), while latkes a good job of absorbing.

                                      in addition, chicken with waffles, gray's papaya dogs (nyc), falafel sandwiches from a st. stand, and samosas (in London from your nearest 7-11) all have remarkable powers of absorption. each is even better when washed down with a milkshake, provided that your digestive system can handle the additional abuse.

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                                      1. re: cimui

                                        Pho is also an awesome hangover cure the day after.

                                        1. re: amethiste

                                          yes, why yes it is. :) good for all that ails.

                                      2. First thing that popped in my head was a greasy breakfast, loads of carbs and a TON of water

                                        1. Ketchup fried rice, topped with a fried egg, some diced Spam and a big mound of kimchi.

                                          1. Sliders & Alka Seltzer....always Alka Seltzer.

                                            1. My favorites are:

                                              1. Spaghetti a la Carbonara (if I'm sober enough to make it)
                                              2. Any kind of breakfast taco / burrito w/ my favorite being an egg over medium w/ a slice of bacon.
                                              3. Leftover steak sliced and seared in a smoking hot skillet w/ olive oil served in a tortilla w/ sliced avocado. Simple and soooo good.

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                                              1. re: texaschowchow

                                                Okay, this scares me slightly. So here is a cautionary tale. I had a co-worker who came home smashed after a night of drinking with other co-workers. She decided to start cooking, passed out, and died in the ensuing fire. She was 23. So to all, I beg of you, please eat, but please proceed with caution when cooking while intoxicated.

                                                1. re: weem

                                                  One of my roommates in college used to come home wasted and turn on the oven to cook frozen pizza, sometimes the pizza made it inside the oven, and burned until someone else woke up and removed it, other times she just left the oven on and passed out... sometimes it was one of the burners up top which she'd turn on to light her cigarettes, cause why would she use a lighter when she can light the stove top?

                                                  1. re: TarheelYankee

                                                    My aunt did this (referring to using a gas stove to light cigs). Once set her hair on fire. Sober. Fricking frightening.

                                              2. Mmm, my mouth is watering. Breakfast foods sometimes seem to taste better after a late night, whether sober or drunk.

                                                I once read that a hangover is due in large part to dehydration caused by alcohol's diuretic effect. Therefore, the water-retaining effects of salt (and salty food) can help stem off a hangover. Might be our bodies telling us something that so many people crave something savory after a bout of boozing.

                                                There's a 24-hour bakery near my apartment that has a glorious, greasy ham-and-cheese croissant. Honestly, I don't know if it's any good. I've never tasted it sober. :-)

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                                                1. re: weem

                                                  There was a great piece recently in the New Yorker about hangovers. The desire to eat salty foods may have something to do with creating additional craving for water, which is much needed for recovery.

                                                  The heavy, high-fat foods may be desirable as they distract our body from the processing of the alcohol and its toxins (it is the processing of these that creates the hangover pain)-- so much energy is spent dealing with the immediate challenge it delays (and minimises?) the alcohol/toxin processing.

                                                  I'm also with you in the pleas to hold off cooking. It is so easy to be careless at this point. At least just keep some microwavable horrors around since falling asleep with one of those cooking will not be as dangerous.

                                                2. We used to get spaghetti carbonara at a club that was open till 5 a.m. after a night of dancing. That was in my 20s.

                                                  Now, after a long night of beers, it's generally a falafel or döner kebab. Hits the spot. I could never imagine eating poutine, but I'm guessing it's the kinda "drunk food" you have to grow up with to like it.

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                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                    Could not agree with you more...falafels and schwarmas are where its at. Medium spicy. mmmmm.

                                                  2. Italians do something they call midnight pasta - spaghetti w/ oil & garlic. 'Course my family has always eaten it at normal operating hours. ;-)

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                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                      Egg salad sandwich on a hard roll with black pepper and raw onions
                                                      Tropicana orange juice - has to be Tropicana

                                                    2. Normally I can't remember. I wake up the next day to a bunch of rinsed but not washed pots, pans, and plates, obviously having cooked and eaten.

                                                      An alternative when I have the stuff: beat an egg, mix in cheese made from (home made) yogurt, chile flakes, and a pinch of salt; stir in pre-cooked pasta noodles and shredded poached chicken; microwave--and pasta "alfredo" in a total time of four minutes.

                                                      1. Diner food... scrambled eggs, home fries, corned beef hash. Or when they were open White Castle--I cried when they tore down the one in Bay Ridge. The same one that was in Saturday Night Fever. I spent many early mornings there.

                                                        1. I grew up in Buffalo NY - at 4 am, I'd be heading to Mighty Taco for a Super Mighty with extra hot sauce. Now I really want one, and I won't get back to Buffalo until Christmas ....

                                                          Second choice was always the souvlaki breakfast at the Towne restaurant - two locations, both convenient to my habits - Allen Street where I hung out, and Seneca Street where I lived - souvlaki pork, a couple of scrambled eggs, home fries and good pita toast. That sounds good right now, too......

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                                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                            OMG, you just unleashed a whole set of almost forgotten 4 a.m. drunken memories. A cousin of a friend waitressed at the Allen Street Towne's, and we must have humiliated her on a regular basis. After a loooong night at Mickey Rat's and the Brick Bar, and Van something bar. as I recall (many years ago now!)

                                                            And Mighty Taco featured in a lot of nights as well. And wings from any pizzeria still open at that hour. I sometimes wonder how I managed to live through my early adulthood. LOL! Grease was a very important component in any pre-hangover remedy.

                                                            1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                              Oh jeanmarie, you're bringing back great memories. Back in the 70's I thought it was called Town Red Hots, and we would be there at 3:00 a.m. on Allen and a "world renowned" conductor would sometimes be there. The souvlaki was great (I think, after all it was 3:00 a.m. and well, you know....). I brought the family there while we were on vacation a couple of years ago, and I was somewhat surprised at how large it was. I remember a much smaller, more cosy place. I was also surprised at how nice Chipewa street is now.

                                                              1. re: jnk

                                                                Were his initials MTT, by any chance? :-) I thought their souvlaki was very good as well, and I've eaten it sober!

                                                                Chipewa Street is NICE? Geeze. It's been a loooong time since I've been to Buffalo!

                                                                1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                  What? No Jim's Steakout?! I used to get Steakout before and then Mighty after...or vice versa

                                                            2. tacos! w/super hot sauce.

                                                              matzah ball soup.

                                                              pizza.

                                                              hash browns.

                                                              toast.

                                                              and i think a spicy banh mi would be great - but i've never had it.

                                                              chili cheese fries w/onions and a coke.

                                                              1. A giant gooey carne asada burrito is choice number one.
                                                                Scarily greasy cheeseburger (only cheddar - nothing fancy) with a pile of crunchy fries
                                                                At home grubbing around the kitchen (ut oh)... my go to goodies is tater tots with cheese melted on top or grits with a fried egg dumped in it.
                                                                On Halloween we do a late night dinner at our house after going out. It is always curry. We make everything ahead and heat it up so we can avoid kitchen catastrophe and miserable morning cleanup. The next morning/day we make a breakfast casserole with lots of gooey cheesy potatoes, veggies and sausage and serve it with fried eggs.

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                                                                1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                  A gooey carne asada burrito?? What would make it gooey?

                                                                  1. re: ricepad

                                                                    hot sauce, grease, and beef juice.

                                                                    1. re: ricepad

                                                                      Cheese, sour cream, guac, sauce... jeesh!!! That is what it makes it good!

                                                                  2. It has always been a big old mug of tomato soup and a chewy sesame bagel! Salt and carbs all the way..

                                                                    1. Eggs, bananas , fruit juice are supposed to be good remedies says Dr. Know's website.

                                                                      1. A "Cheesy Western, all the way" was a staple in the early morning hours, in Lynchburg, VA.-- a cheeseburger with a fried egg on top and all of their fixins'. For thirst, you asked for a glass of the James River. This place could get a little rough, thus the rent-a-cop in the back room. Went back for the 10 year reunion, someone mad a "T run" and brought back a large bag of them. The paper bag was soaked through with grease. somehow, they did not taste as good as they had...

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                                                                        1. re: nosey

                                                                          After a night of drinking and losing at the tables in Vegas, the Denver omelet that I got at the all night coffee shop in the Tropicana tasted mighty good. What makes a Denver omelet different from a Western omelet?

                                                                          1. re: nosey

                                                                            Oh my goodness! I am friends with someone who went there and he is always waxing poetic about those things!

                                                                          2. Start with a large glass of water and a couple of TUMS. Follow with a cheddar cheeseburger with bacon, pickles, onion and steak fries with plenty of ketchup. Wash it all down with an ice cold Manhattan Special. Finish with another glass of water. Perfect

                                                                            Tacos also make for good pre-hangover food, especially if you've been enjoying tequila. But, the problem is that they pretty much require that you drink beer (at least, it seems that way when you're drunk). So they could make you sicker that much faster... especially if they are really greasy.

                                                                            Then there's pizza. I've never been drunk and not felt like inhaling a pizza. Unfortunately, the last time I tried this led to disastrous results.
                                                                            Don't try it after 15 oz. or so of Haitian rum.

                                                                            1. Former life answer: Chicken and waffles; there's a reason the HCW in Oakland closes at 4am on Fri and Sat nights. If it's even later, either tamales or menudo.

                                                                              Current life answer: crêpe with ham, cheese, egg and mushrooms. But mostly I try to avoid said problem nowadays (no fun, I know).

                                                                              1. I wont go near the kitchen/stove after a night of heavy drinking, thats a recipe for a trip to the emergency room.

                                                                                I dont know if the things I like are hangover cures(I dont get hung over), but enjoy a late night snack after putting away large quantites of tequila, and beer.

                                                                                My favorites to pick-up, or stop for on the way home are:

                                                                                gyros
                                                                                gyros, two overeasy eggs, and hashbrowns
                                                                                a big steak burrito
                                                                                steak tacos
                                                                                Cheese steak
                                                                                Italian Beef or Combo w/ hot peppers

                                                                                a last resort - taco bell

                                                                                1. Nowadays Pringles and Combos taste like truffles to me if I've had too much to drink -- although I'm pretty sure I'd feel that way about anything with salt and carbs. But in past years, going out meant a stop at the taco truck for chorizos, lenguas and chivo, if not also an additional order of quesadillas. Poutine to me was like crack to Amy Winehouse when I was in college. No matter how sick I knew the cheese would make me, I just HAD to have it.

                                                                                  Nothing, however, beats my corner diner in Chelsea, which sadly closed right after I moved. No matter the time of night, we could always stroll in for a large platter of disco fries (made with brie and truffles) and a duck omelet with fontina and asparagus tips.

                                                                                  1. If I'm up at 4am and have been drinking, I'm probably in Vegas. So that means one of two things: biscuits and gravy at the Peppermill, or the Prime Rib late night special at the diner at the back of what was the Barbary Coast.

                                                                                    On occasion, MrCris and I have stumbled home at some late hour all giggly, and we've had either instant ramen or cheese toast melted under the broiler - cautiously melted under the broiler, with me yelling to MrCris "ok I'm broiling now, don't let me leave the kitchen" - from past experience, a necessary warning.

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                                                                                    1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                      Hehehe! Cheesy toast and instant ramen are our late night drunken staples as well!

                                                                                      Last time we made ramen in the wee hours, I had the brilliant idea of julienne slicing all of the vegetables -- I always add carrots, celery, green onions, and cilantro. So good!

                                                                                    2. Not so much of a meal as a food-related hangover cure, I swear by some form of salted potato product (hash browns, chips, french fries...whatever's available at the time of day I roll out of bed) and apple juice. The starch in the potatoes absorbs the muck that's still kicking around in your stomach, and the salt helps to balance out your electroytes...and if your stomach's not ready for solid food, then the apple juice helps stabilize your blood sugar, and it's not too acidic. Yeah, I've put way too much thought into it, but it works.

                                                                                      1. giant plate of fried items from the diner - french fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, gross cheese-stuffed jalapenos, chicken tenders... and diet coke.

                                                                                        i definitely don't eat that stuff normally, but at 4am while tipsy it's just SO GOOD.

                                                                                        1. It depends on where I am. In NYC we usually end up at either Blue ribbon, or if we're not coherent enough to get there, we settle for Pop burger. The sliders at pop burger take on otherworldly properties at 4AM.

                                                                                          Although the best 4AM food, hands down is a 'Pepper cheese wiz with" with cheese fries and a cherry coke at Pats in S.Philly.

                                                                                          1. It's not at 4 am, but I hit some hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place in San Francisco and get a bowl of cold noodles and fried eggrolls and ppork.

                                                                                            1. Chinese - San Francisco's Chinatown. We had our 'special places" that were open late. Sam Woo's, with the sarcastic waiter Edsel Fong - huge bowls of steaming hot noodles and raw fish salad. Or Nam Yen, or a few others.

                                                                                              Or French toast at the Pam Pam downtown.

                                                                                              There must have been something in the water in those days, because I was always tiny. The minute I started living a normal, (working schedule) life, the pounds piled on.

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                                                                                              1. a big greek omelette with feta, tomatoes, spinach, tzatiki and plenty of franks red hot with a huge helping side of extra crispy hashbrowns.

                                                                                                or, my ultimate favourite- huevos rancheros- with tons of cholula or el yucateca.

                                                                                                1. My favorite ever was having a Curry Chip in Belfast.... Green Chinese Curry poured over thick cut French Fries. Sooo good after drinking Cider all night.

                                                                                                  Otherwise, it's a stop at whereever happens to be open. A & W Poutine is my current go-to at 4am.

                                                                                                  1. A full meal of anything from the 24 hour Korean Diner (named Korean Restaurant?) near Western & Lawrence in Chicago. I honestly could not bring myself to go there during reasonable dining hours, and reserved it for late night/early morning feasts. That, or Arandas (next to Berlin), which would infuse you and and your clothes with the smell of cooking oil.

                                                                                                    1. Back in college, it was a cheeseburger Garbage Plate from Nick Tahou's in Rochester New York. It consisted of two cheeseburger patties sitting atop a bed of home fried potatoes and macaroni salad and then topped with this greasy "hot sauce", raw onions and mustard. It was served with slices of bread and butter to sop up the juices. It was also eaten with copious amounts of hot sauce and ketchup. Photo included....ahhh I could eat one right now!

                                                                                                       
                                                                                                      1. When I was in college there was a 24-hour diner nearby that for $2.22 would serve you 2 pancakes, 2 pieces of bacon or sausage, 2 slices buttered toast, OJ, and coffee or tea. Perfect at 4am. The only problem was finding someone sober enough to drive you there. If not, cup noodles was a close second choice.

                                                                                                        1. I might get crap for this but I love 2 crunchy tacos and chesse quesadilla from Del Taco! =)

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                                                                                                          1. re: Jaytizzle

                                                                                                            A taco truck for al pastor, tripas, lingua, migra or egg and chorizo tacos when I visit my daughter or brother. At home a bowl of beans w/ an egg on top and brown bread.

                                                                                                          2. 4 or 5 Krystal cheeseburgers, hold the pickles (they make you burp), or if you have the time, potato pancakes with sour cream from IHOP...

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                                                                                                            1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                                              My friends and I used to head to a Toronto joint called Toby's Goodeats for their wedge fries covered in chili and cheese. The first few bites were great, but after a few minutes, the fries would absorb all the liquids and it would like someone's night of drinking had returned ... right on the plate. Visuals aside, it was damn tasty.

                                                                                                              Our cottage drunk snack is cheesy bread, which is usually sprouted grain bread topped with extra old white cheddar or possibly cambozola and toasted/heated until cheese melts. A friend recently made a very late night snack from a bag of crostini bites. He topped each with a thin slice cheese, tomato, a drizzle of avocado oil and a basil leaf from our plant. What a gourmet campfire snack!

                                                                                                            2. Since I live in MN and have been snowed in all day I've had more than a few cocktails as I cleaned the house and got ready for the impending holiday. If Taco Bell delivered I'd be in heaven. But a cheeseburger would be lovely as well. Or the chili cheese tator tots from the bar next door. Or some really good Thai. Or an omlette. Ooooo....or Chipotle. Why can't sushi places deliver? A big fat bleu cheese encrusted filet with asparagus and mashed potatoes maybe? I live next to a great Italian place, maybe some gniocci with gorganzola and spicy sausage? Mmmm...sausage...

                                                                                                              1. Well I have two places depending on where I am, nethier are open at 4 am. But its what i have had after the bars close. On the east coast, on nantucket island, I have to have a burrito from Tacos/tacos. On the west coast It has to be a double double from In and Out burger

                                                                                                                1. Back when I was a ladette I never ended a night of drinking without scarfing down a burrito from San Loco or a Miami Subs gyro. In college, it was the chicken and cheese biscuit-Time Out, Chapel Hill

                                                                                                                  1. Fabled early morning post-drinking snack at the long-late University Diner in Charlottesville Virginia: the Grillswith. A honey-dipped doughnut is placed on the diner griddle, flipped, and removed while the glaze is melting, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hence the grills-with....

                                                                                                                    Immortally fine eats.

                                                                                                                    1. White Castle: a couple of cheese burgers, chicken rings, and cheese fries.
                                                                                                                      Nothing better after midnight!!!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                        I agree...Sadly I now live in an area that is sans WC!

                                                                                                                        1. re: cavandre

                                                                                                                          I'm WC deprived too. ;-( If I travel to a WC region, I'll eat it for breakfast just to get my fix.

                                                                                                                      2. nothing like a bunch of jack in the box tacos with or without fries stuffed inside..

                                                                                                                        1. Crispy belly pork on rice, eaten with only a spoon and lots of chilli oil. Lovely.

                                                                                                                          1. My current heavily intoxicated love is this place that does shnitzle in a variety of flavors - and they have one that's dipped in Dorritos before frying. Hits the boozey spot.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: cresyd

                                                                                                                              In my neighborhood in South Philly is a soft pretzel bakery. At 2am on Fridays, you can 4 pretzels, fresh out of the oven, for $1. There's also cups of "cheese" (I use the term loosely as it's orange and gelatinous) and mustard. There's nothing like a steaming pretzel with mustard or cheese, and a can of soda to put you to bed :)

                                                                                                                            2. mine - over easy eggs w/ bacon well done, hash browns of some sort (to soak up the vodka of course) and toast with strawberry jam. OR - a big plate of french fries with beef gravy, salt, pepper and ketchup. YUM!
                                                                                                                              his - something called a cheesy western all the way from the Texas Inn, Lynchburg, VA. this is a cheeseburger with an egg and mustard relish... I'm probably missing something... on it.

                                                                                                                              1. I spent most of my 20s and early 30s in the Albuquerque indie rock scene, where the traditional end of a night at the Dingo, the Golden West, the El Rey, or the Launchpad was a three a.m. breakfast at the Frontier: huevos over easy with green chile stew, western-style hash browns, extra tortillas, a large fresh-squeezed OJ and one of the Frontier's signature sweet rolls, which was the size of my head and covered in roughly one and a half sticks of melted butter.

                                                                                                                                If I just couldn't face the Frontier (which was usually even more insanely packed and loud than the club I'd just left), a Whataburger, rings and chocolate shake was an acceptable second choice. Especially eaten outside on a playground in a public park.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                  BFP, I was a little earlier in Albuquerque. After a night of drink and music at Oakey Joe's (Central & University), Townes Van Zandt, Peter Rowan ("Free Mexican Airforce") Wiily and other old reprobates, I's pour myself down hill to the Frontier for a green chile burrito and a Frito pie and crawl hoe to Univ. & Coal. Even did some honkey tonken at the Starlite, on West Central before Nine Mile Hill.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                    They'd stopped doing Frito pies at the Frontier before I moved there -- probably just as well, since the Frontier is the primary reason I gained about 60 pounds in the years I lived in Albuquerque!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                      I taught At Rio Grande HS and the chow on South Fourth in the south valley was memorable. My brother sends me Hatch chiles, Albuquerque Tortilla Factory tortillas and posole. He was just in Albuquerque last weekend for a family get together and ate at the Frontier..
                                                                                                                                      Gimme a Lotta Burger w/ double green chile!
                                                                                                                                      Go Lobos! (Portales is Little Texas!)

                                                                                                                                2. carts and trucks line the stretch of George Street in St. John's, Nf. where I spent many a boozy night, selling sausage dogs, nachos with "cheese", pizza and my ever favorite: home cut fries, cooked to order, lots of salt. Greasy carby goodness. Fries still would win out as a late night meal to soak up the alcohol.

                                                                                                                                  1. You haven't lived until you've woken up on your bed, fully dressed with your hand on the night stand in a plate of pork fried rice.

                                                                                                                                    1. cheesy and fantstic, is potato cabonara its like a potato version of spaghetti cabonara. its especially easy if you have left over boiled potatos hanging around otherwise roast, boil or microwave some potatos throw them in a buttered pan throw in a handful of tasty cheese chop up a bit of bacon fry the lot off and finally throw in some eggs at the last minute and cook till heated through and gooey, if you can be bothered a few frozen peas go down a treat (and the potassium is suppost to help with a hangover) eat standing over the stove or if a bowl is around plonk delightfully inside and fork the cheesy eggy bacony goodness into mouth!

                                                                                                                                      1. i am fessing up to having found utopia in the form of halloween doritos on such a 4AM just this past night (morning?)

                                                                                                                                        I'm visiting through x-mas with my parents, and my digs are in the basement, kitchen and such is upstairs, and it's a small condo-ish place, so i can't poke around a lot either at that hour in the night without waking the house, particularly as i'm a HELL of a lot louder than I tend to think I am.

                                                                                                                                        Closed an irish pub last night, set out on the street to find a chip truck, alas, not a one in sight (probably due to the late hour, we, and a few others were practically kicked out of the place !). Waited way too long for a taxi to drive us home, and upon getting home, my alcohol sponge needs were yet un-met.

                                                                                                                                        And that....is when I remembered the stash of doritos left over from Halloween, beckoning me from their hiding place in the basement storage room nearby (yes i do know they're from this year, but at this point, it might not have mattered !). mmmm

                                                                                                                                        Does it matter that I ended the evening with an Irish Mist, and soaked it up with nacho cheese Doritos?? hehe.

                                                                                                                                        1. After a hard night out for new years my friends and I needed to soak up our hangover with some good ol' greasey food. The Grill located on Queensway and East Mall in Toronto, Ontario is the place to go plus, its a 24hrs joint. Great food, good price and a perfect cure to your hangover or if you just need to eat.

                                                                                                                                          1. Ghetto slice (aka ninety-nine cent pizza slices) is good, but a slice of really nice pizza from an upscale place is even better. Must be consumed with friends. Then, when I get home, if I'm still hungry the only thing I'll consider eating is a toasted cheese scone. However, this scone must be from a particular grocery store which is located 1000 miles from my house, so I only get them once or twice a year.

                                                                                                                                            1. when i was in high school:
                                                                                                                                              - cheese fries with gravy, or home fries (very well done), but only the real deal from a bona fide Jersey diner
                                                                                                                                              - pizza if we were in NYC
                                                                                                                                              - back at the house, a toasted bagel with chicken salad, or pretzels & potato chips dipped in cream cheese

                                                                                                                                              in college:
                                                                                                                                              - the fried sampler at Denny's (world's WORST onion rings, fried mozzarella & zucchini, ugh)
                                                                                                                                              - scrambled eggs with cheese at Waffle House
                                                                                                                                              - waffle fries from Krystal
                                                                                                                                              - random concoctions i whipped up for myself & my friends using whatever i could rustle up in the kitchen - pasta, eggs, stir-fries..

                                                                                                                                              and always, as a last resort - cereal eaten by the handful, dry, straight from the box.

                                                                                                                                              1. I can tell you what my boyfriend would answer in a heartbeat -- Jack in the Box's Sampler Trio. It contains a delightful array of fried treats, his favorite of which are the mozzarella sticks. These are devoured first, followed closely by jalapeno poppers and popcorn chicken. All washed down with a large diet coke.

                                                                                                                                                1. A lot of drinking going on today, St. Patrick's Day 2013--

                                                                                                                                                  IHOP

                                                                                                                                                  1. my favorites would include Denny's nachos that I would likely not eat sober but can piledrive into the piehole drunk.
                                                                                                                                                    Wafflehouse hashbrowns covered smothered chunked diced and whatever else they call them, extra jalapenos. Also the ham and cheese scrambled eggs with raisin toast. I am supprised only one other mention for wafflehouse.
                                                                                                                                                    Frozen burritos
                                                                                                                                                    And way back in my late teens and early twenties it was the big'un sandwich from 7-11 or the nachos or chili cheese doggy.
                                                                                                                                                    At home it is cheese toast or cheese scrambled eggs. And for the bf it is a burger out and Chunky's beef and veg soup at home. Or a cold burger or meat

                                                                                                                                                    1. In Manhattan we hit Chinatown and go to Wo Hop or Great NY Noodletown!! Nothing beats house special chow fun and roasted duck at 4 AM.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                                                        We did exactly that last week; visiting Manhatten for the Allman Brothers concert, we drank our way from the Beacon to the LES then hit up Chinatown in the wee hours for food.

                                                                                                                                                        As a side, the rat population at this time of night is amazing! I was fascinated, but Mrs. Porker was mortified.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                          Manhattan wildlife!!!!
                                                                                                                                                          Back in the day I was walkig with my son who was about 8 years old. "Look dad, a squirrell!!" and he ran to catch it: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"

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                                                                                                                                                            I saw them congregating around garbage heaps, on steel steps, wiggling *inside* garbage bags (the bags looked animated), scurrying everywhere, and plenty in the shrubbery.
                                                                                                                                                            BTW, where is your pizza icon from? It looks like a coal fired pie!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Howard Johnsons' fried clams, with sides of french fries and coleslaw... (this was in the mid-'70s)

                                                                                                                                                        1. i grew up in jersey so nothing beats diner food.
                                                                                                                                                          living in philly now, people flock towards cheesesteaks (unfortunately that is always pats or genos who don't have a non-beef option) so i tend to go cheese fries with their suicidal hot sauce.
                                                                                                                                                          that or chinatown - david's mai lai is open late and though the food is not so good regularly...at 3am it is amazing!
                                                                                                                                                          if all else fails, there is always pizza and wawa.

                                                                                                                                                          1. I don't go for breakfast, diner, or greasy food. I head home and go straight for the salt. No idea why. Lunch meat ham, beef jerky, salted peanuts, chips, Cheetos, anything like that. then, a bottle of Gatorade, advil (get it started now), and a milk thistle capsule.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                              A "professional" drinker coworker of mine used to swear by a mega dose of B12 taken at the beginning of his night out. Don't have any facts to support this but he never missed a day of work.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                                                Haha, a professional! Maybe it's good for the liver. I've never missed a day of anything with my little formula. But salty is always the way to go. All the greasy stuff mentioned on a drunk tummy just would not work for me.
                                                                                                                                                                But delicious at other times :)

                                                                                                                                                            2. Back in the day in our neighborhood White Castle was the only option at 4 AM. The burgers were maybe 12 cents and we would get a sack of them.
                                                                                                                                                              I guess they would be called sliders now!!

                                                                                                                                                              1. The late great writer Raymond Carver recommended menudo.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I am more of a meat than a carb girl, but when I've had a few too many I want a proteinaceous meal with a lot of carbs and fat - read: fried chicken (#1 favorite), pizza or Chinese food. I have also been known to make popcorn quite often when I'm under the influence. I've only had 1 disaster in which I forgot to put the lid on the pot and woke up to popcorn all over the kitchen. As SO says, basically any fat and carb food which "soaks up the alcohol." In fact, he often justifies a morning pizza run with the "oh, but I'm hungover I need some pizza to soak up the alcohol and I'll feel better."

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                    Morning pizza run! Where the he double hockey sticks are you?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                      This was when we lived in NYC so morning pizza run was quite possible.