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From Pho 75 to bowls of bacon: these are Philly’s 8 best hangover cures

Published On 05/28/2014 Published On 05/28/2014
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Admit it: Memorial Day was just two days ago, so you're probably still hungover. And if not, you will be after all the time you're gonna spend on Philly's best rooftop bars this Summer. Don't worry though, your Bro-ptimus Primes here at Thrillist have helpfully assembled a list of The Quaker City's eight best hangover cures, from towering Mexican breakfasts to delicious bowls of bacon.


Bacon Bowl at MilkBoy
Market East
It's literally what it sounds like, comes fully equipped with buttermilk sauce, is glazed with spiced honey, and is best enjoyed alongside MilkBoy’s Southern hash.

Jones Restaurant

Philly Cheesesteak Omelet at Jones Restaurant
Market East
This sucker combines all the goodness of Philly's most signature sandwich with breakfast, adds an extra dosage of cheese sauce, and sides the whole thing with a generous portion of tater tots.

Federal Donuts

Honey Ginger Fried Chicken at Federal Donuts
Multiple Locations
Obviously this next-level fried poultry is best enjoyed with a Sticky Bun Donut, whether you're nursing a hangover or not.

Barking Chihuahua at Sabrina’s Cafe
Multiple Locations
Scrambled eggs, black beans, red peppers, pepper Jack cheese, marinara sauce, and sour cream -- all with a warm, soft tortilla -- get the job done in those instances when your voice actually sounds like a barking chihuahua.

Bourbon & Branch

Ribs and Mac & Cheese at Bourbon & Branch
By the time you roll out of bed, it'll totally be late enough to hit B&B (shout out to Stringer Bell!) for some of their amusingly creative pub fare, namely their ribs with some bacon-and-beer mac & cheese.

Bowl of Pho at Pho 75
Bella Vista
One of the most underrated hangover cures, this warm noodle soup is perfect for people with a delicate stomach, and Pho 75 has some of Philly’s finest, made with a miraculously healing broth that works no matter what ingredients you choose.

Lemon Hill

Pretzels & Beer Cheese at Lemon Hill
You can’t go wrong with any of Lemon Hill’s savory brunch and dinner items, but the pretzels and beer cheese offer the right combo of alcohol-tinged hair-of-the-dog and carbs to not only cure your hangover, but also get you ready for round two.

Silk City Diner

German Benedict at Silk City Diner
Spring Garden
This is just one of many English muffin concoctions, this time involving bockwurst, braised cabbage, poached eggs, mustard, and breakfast potatoes, which you should immediately follow with one of their "Painkiller" cocktails if you want to get a start on tomorrow's hangover.

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1. Milkboy 1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Philadelphia)

A heralded coffee shop/music venue with two suburban outposts, Milkboy's finally crashed the city with a two-level loft space rocking garage-door windows, plenty of stripped surfaces (exposed brick and woodgrain), and a bar on each level, making it the first bar/ coffee shop in Philly, and the first boozer on their roster, a move made more difficult by the fact that coffee shops don't traditionally have disabled lists. Additionally, this multi-use space also takes on the role of a music venue, hosting impressive live acts like cult favorite, Electric Six,

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2. Jones Restaurant 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.

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3. Federal Donuts 1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

With several locations around the city, Federal Donuts has grown into a sugar-coated Philly favorite. FD's secret weapon is a "Donut Robot," a mechanical monster-mastermind that handles all the dough dispensing, frying, and flipping. The deep-fried dough rings are sweet, sinful, and eminently scarf-able -- coming in flavors like maple-bacon, lemon bar, spicy PB&J, Turkish mocha and, of course, classic glazed. Because specializing in just one caloric indulgence doesn't cut it, this spot slings famous fried chicken in a changing lineup of rubs and sauces (coconut curry, anyone?).

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4. Sabrina's Cafe 1804 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

With locations all over Philly (Italian Market, Universal City, Wynnewood, Collingwood), Sabrina's is known most of all for their creative, comfort food brunch concoctions. You must try the overstuffed French toast, made with marshmallows, sweet cream, and cinnamon dough. Everything on the menu is made with fresh ingredients in ways you’ve never tasted before.

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5. Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

B&B features beer and pub fare with a fancy twist: think banh mi sliders, tikka masala mussels, etc, plus classics like fried pickles and mac-n-cheese.

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6. Silk City 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Spring Garden)

Silk City has the best of both worlds, a club and late night eats rolled up into one happy mix.

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7. Pho 75 1122 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

The ultimate in Asian comfort eats, Pho 75 dishes out bowls of their namesake pho, that's even Anthony Bourdain-approved.

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8. Lemon Hill 747 N 25th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

From the folks behind Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company comes Lemon Hill. Meant to feel like a neighborhood tavern, LH dishes up savory brunch and dinner items like their pretzels and beer cheese.



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