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Favorite hangover foods (or restaurants)?

ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 10:14 AM

Yeah, it's been discussed before, but I think it's time for a refresh.

I am anticipating some revelry over the weekend, and could use a refresher on some of good spots to nurse a hangover.

Some of my old time favorite standbys:

1. Cubed pork's blood and green onions at Sam Woo BBQ (Alhambra)
2. Fried PB&J at Blu LA Cafe
3. The buldak at Crazy Hook

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  1. Dommy RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 10:27 AM

    Speaking of first hand experience (Went to Asia Dog last night at Bigfoot West)... this morning a PBJ Whole Wheat Bagel...

    But if I could get away, my #1 choice is a

    The chilaquilles at Pepy's Galley... That'll make you walk straight again...


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      mollyomormon RE: Dommy Aug 14, 2009 12:40 PM

      I second this!

      p.s. discovered the chilaquiles at Pepy's thanks to one of Dommy's! posts. thanks!!!

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        hrhboo RE: mollyomormon Aug 14, 2009 05:00 PM

        Third it! Nothing helps a hangover like those chilaquiles.

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        Bibi RE: Dommy Aug 14, 2009 04:45 PM

        I heard about that but didn't make it over there. How was it? Looks to be a NYC (my hometown) version of Kogi.

        And how is Bigfoot West?

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          Dommy RE: Bibi Aug 14, 2009 05:49 PM

          We tried several of the dogs and found them tasty... but not great. They were better than Kogi in terms of taste and experience, but not as good as the Vancouver's Japadog which has better quality hot dogs and more interesting flavor profiles...

          As for Bigfoot, it's smaller and little less 'rustic' and more prefab than the original Los Feliz one. But the drinks are still solid, having a Sasquach last night helped me face another crazy day here in Tee Vee Land... But it HAS been discovered as even without the Asiadog hype (lots of people were going WTF is THAT!) it was pretty much AT capacity (in fact they worred that if the Asia dog people came INTO the bar, they'd be TOTALLY out of code...)... it's amazing because it's not like Culver City has a shortage of a place to get a drink (trust me... ;)) ... we even joked with a friend that it'd be a good time for him to try Kogi at the Albi Room because it probably is going to be a little less crowded from now on..


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        noahbites RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 10:27 AM

        My staple has long been the boat noodles at Sapp. But I'm also in love with the breakfast baleada at El Katracho. In fact:


        El Katracho Restaurant
        14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

        Sapp Coffee Shop
        5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        1. Tom P RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 10:46 AM

          For me, nothing helps a hangover better than a great cheeseburger. Something about a big old fashioned burger seems to sop up the toxins in my body. There is a homeowned place on South Brand near where I live, called Gold Star, that has a really solid cheeseburger that is my go to in such a situation. (I usually get their ground beef taco as well. And they have terrific onion rings.)


          Breakfast burritos can do the trick. Also near me is a taco stand on Glendale that does a wonderful egg, cheese and chorizo burrito that is a great second place hangover stand in.

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            Phurstluv RE: Tom P Aug 14, 2009 02:54 PM

            Agreed, has to be something greasy, a gut bomb. Like a Tommy's original, In & Out's double double, animal style, with grilled onions, even Pink's chili dogs, tho I don't think I could stand in line long enough if I'm hanging.

            I also like a good ol' egg mcmuffin & hash browns, large coke. Something about Micky D's does it for me when I'm hanging hard.

          2. A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 01:50 PM

            Daikakuya ramen w/ kotteri broth and extra chashu

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              taiwanesesmalleats RE: A5 KOBE Aug 14, 2009 02:52 PM

              Have you ever tried it katamen ie harder noodles? I think it has a better bite/texture than the regular stuff.

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              speedm RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 02:13 PM

              i find that pho always does the trick.

              so does chao ca (vietnamese rice porridge with fish). for oc peeps, i get mine at brodard's.

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                roadfix RE: speedm Aug 14, 2009 03:02 PM

                Ramen or menudo.

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                  OC Eats RE: roadfix Aug 16, 2009 08:00 PM

                  Second the menudo, it's the perfect hangover cure.

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                  nomnomnoms RE: speedm Aug 14, 2009 04:53 PM

                  i second the pho. any pho. the herbs will jerk you back into place.

                  if i'm feeling especially gross, a light bowl of bun suong works too.

                3. Emme RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 04:33 PM

                  The Griddle
                  Gilbert's El Indio
                  Monte Alban
                  Mario's Peruvian

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                    lil mikey RE: Emme Aug 15, 2009 01:48 PM

                    Went to The Griddle for a business breakfast on a Tuesday at 8:00 am, and 5 of the tables were drinking beer with their breakfast..... a sure indication of a good hangover spot.

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                    veggieyummy RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 04:49 PM

                    Snug Harbor in Santa Monica

                    1. Moose RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 05:18 PM

                      Chorizo & Cheese Tacos at Tacos Por Favor w/ a large watermelon drink.

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                        JeetJet RE: Moose Aug 14, 2009 07:30 PM

                        That sounds so good. It has to be Mexican for me. Tell me about that watermelon drink...

                        anticipating some revelry…
                        The morning after I return from Margaritaville I often find myself at either Tall Pines or El Jacal for some kind of Mexican soup and cold beer. But a watermelon drink sounds good for a hot day.

                        Tall Pines
                        1540 S Myrtle Ave (1/2 block South of the 210)
                        Monrovia, CA 91016
                        (626) 358-9084

                        El Jacal
                        13414 Ramona Blvd (A few blocks east of the 605)
                        Baldwin Park, CA 91706-3902
                        (626) 813-4419

                        Jimmy Buffit understood...
                        "… With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo,
                        But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie,
                        How it got here I haven't a clue.

                        Yes, some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
                        And I know it's my own damn fault."

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                          Tom P RE: JeetJet Aug 14, 2009 07:38 PM

                          I've been meaning to get to Tall Pines for years. I have to get out there. And there is another 'pines' restaurant farther out everyone raves about I think.

                          Also, I make chilaquiles twice a week at home and agree... GREAT hangover fare. If I ever pass out on the westside, I'll try Pepe's the next morning.

                          For me, funny: I love asian food but when hungover, wow, I do not think I could stomach it.

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                            JeetJet RE: Tom P Aug 14, 2009 07:48 PM

                            Thats what I was thinking in the back of my mind reading those post about asian food after drinking. I love it but the thought of it after drinking would be like a roller-coaster ride to me, not stable -- slippery.

                            The Tall Pines in Monrovia makes the best breakfast potatoes I have had in L.A. They cut them fresh when you order. Onion and bell pepper... right-on. The other "Pines" was out in Palmdale but it changed hands. It is now all Mexian food but I have not been there since the change of hands.

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                          mdpilam RE: Moose Aug 14, 2009 10:39 PM

                          I like their breakfast burritos doused with the red salsa and Watermelon Agua fresca. Though, it does bother me a bit that they have a jalapeno breakfast burrito and a bacon breakfast burrito, but you have to pay like $2 more for a bacon and jalapeno breakfast burrito. I'm usually too hungover (still buzzed?) when I'm ordering so, I don't really worry about it.

                          Also tried Tommy's breakfast sandwich (w/ english muffins) after it was touted on here, and it was a tasty hangover meal.

                        3. cookie monster RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 06:03 PM

                          I know that Marix isn't exactly a Chowhound destination, but several of my friends swear by their huevos chipotles (aka hangover soup). It's a bit too spicy for my delicate constitution - personally I tend toward cheeseburgers, like Tom P and Phurstluv. McDonald's or In-N-Out is just fine in a pinch, and doesn't require one to sit up straight at a restaurant table and carry on a coherent conversation.

                          1. martyR RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2009 09:58 PM

                            For me, it has to be menudo. And my favorite is in the South Bay at the Alfredos (yes, there seem to be a million of them) on PCH just in Lomita. Another one I like (and closer) is the menudo at Tonnys.

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                              soto i am RE: ipsedixit Aug 15, 2009 01:33 AM

                              A glass of chilled tomato juice, then Phad Kee Mao Thai spicy from either:

                              1. Soho Thai Fusion on P.C.H east of Narbonne in Lomita
                              2. The Thai takeout place in the mini mall NW corner of Torrance Blvd. and Prairie ave. in Torrance

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                                Neta RE: ipsedixit Aug 16, 2009 10:17 AM

                                Definitely menudo or pozole at La Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera or the menudo (chico) and two ground beef tacos at Ordonez in Montebello.

                                1. lexicaljewel RE: ipsedixit Aug 16, 2009 02:45 PM

                                  The chilaquiles at Brite Spot will sweat it right out of you. Too hot and heavy for me unless I'm hungover, but when I am they hit the spot.

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                                    dvsndvs RE: ipsedixit Aug 16, 2009 10:57 PM

                                    God bless you all. I always crave a good hot Indian curry. But I am usually hung over at the same time as hubby who thinks I am mad. I am so relieved to see all these spicy choices and will put my foot down next time! Viva la curry!

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                                      toonoble RE: dvsndvs Aug 17, 2009 12:23 PM

                                      For some reason i have been craving sushi after a night of drinking... I go to Hide because its so close to me and they are open for lunch six days a week..

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                                        noahbites RE: toonoble Aug 17, 2009 03:15 PM

                                        I've craved sushi when hung over before too. The problem is, I wake up waaaaaay too early. The lone solution seems to be Whole Foods, which, interestingly enough, was actually of quite good quality first thing in the morning.

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                                          Servorg RE: toonoble Aug 17, 2009 03:19 PM

                                          "I go to Hide because its so close to me and they are open for lunch six days a week."

                                          Hide always used to be open for both lunch and dinner 7 days a week (I think they closed a little earlier on Sunday's). Did they change their hours?

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                                            noahbites RE: Servorg Aug 17, 2009 07:21 PM

                                            They are closed one day a week now. I'm pretty sure it's Tuesday, but could be Thursday.

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                                        dendet RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2009 04:55 PM

                                        hot and sour soup from a chinese restaurant always helps me...

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                                          Chez Coop RE: dendet Aug 17, 2009 07:05 PM

                                          I'll take a good ol bowl of some nice true birria and warm tortillas!!!!!! And a side of rice and beans... Cheers...

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                                            JeetJet RE: Chez Coop Aug 18, 2009 11:04 AM

                                            Yes. The birria at El Jacal is truly perfect. So tender and the broth is something special. Fresh made corn tortillas and beans like Nana makes. This soup is good anyti\ne.

                                            El Jacal
                                            13414 Ramona Blvd (A few blocks east of the 605)
                                            Baldwin Park, CA 91706-3902
                                            (626) 813-4419

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                                            noahbites RE: dendet Aug 17, 2009 07:24 PM

                                            I do think that delivery wonton soup is a great thing when you're particularly demolished. Now if only there was a decent bowl that delivered to Culver City...

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