Food & Drink

Got a hangover? These are the best damn cures in DC.

Published On 02/03/2014 Published On 02/03/2014
Best Hangover Cures DC
Laura Hayes

In honor of football, drinking, America, and YOU, we proclaim the Monday after the Super Bowl shall henceforth be known as National Hangover Day. It’s a day for hangovers to be celebrated, embraced, and combated in the most enjoyable of ways -- namely, eating delicious food, and possibly drinking more. The ultimate goal? Getting the entire country a day off work, a beautiful dream you can help make happen by signing this petition to our sports-loving President right here and tweeting it.

The immediate goal? Fixing that hangover. Luckily DC's best cures are at your disposal...

Laura Hayes

The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito
Ted’s Bulletin, Logan Circle
Win extra points for eating this beast in someone else’s underwear. This brick of a burrito is stuffed with sirloin steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheddar, and green chile -- a multi-pronged attack in a convenient tortilla delivery system. Oh, and the hash brown-latke hybrid that it comes with doesn't hurt, either.

District Commons

The Morning After
District Commons, Foggy Bottom
Thanks to the jolt of caffeine, The Morning After at District Commons has the power to produce memories -- like the fact that you asked your favorite pizza place for a slice of pie and a pack of condoms, or that you asked your cabbie to take you to Narnia instead of Northwest. So think hard about last night while you down Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka, Leopold’s French press coffee liqueur & chilled espresso.

Laura Hayes

The Hangover Burger
Austin Grill, Penn Quarter
You’re about to take your first bite of Austin Grill’s Hangover Burger, when it happens. A stranger sits down at your table, looking all clean and showered and wait -- they know your name?! A quick phone search shows a marathon Tinder session is to blame. Looks like you’ll be sharing that patty topped with Texas chili, applewood-smoked bacon, fried onion straws, roasted jalapeños, chile con queso, y un fried egg.

Laura Hayes

Bloody Mary
Logan Tavern, Logan Circle
Sure, you could sweat out a hangover at the gym. But it's much more fun to sweat it out via this super spicy Bloody made (opt for their chili-infused tequila to make it a Maria) with more horseradish than a Seder. Logan makes its own mix and has every savory additive you could ever want on hand for customizing purposes, if you have enough energy.

Laura Hayes

The Proper English Breakfast
Duke’s Grocery, Dupont Circle
As a country, England has been drinking, like, much longer than we have, so it isn't surprising that they nail the whole recovery thing. Duke's rendition of the classic brekkie (Britishisms!) has egg, rashers, banger sausage, black pudding, beans, roasted tomato, braised mushrooms, and toast. Don't skip that blood sausage because it’ll up your iron count and have you feeling better in no time.

South Block

Chris's Hangover Cure
Bracket Room, Arlington
For those mornings when you can actually hear people blinking, there’s Chris’s Hangover Cure, which combines vodka with South Block’s cold-pressed cure -- a juice blend with carrot, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. You can trust Chris because he was on The Bachelor and that show’s basically one giant hangover.

Laura Hayes

Short Rib & Cornbread Benedict
The Commissary, Logan Circle
When you're paying the high cost of low living, this Southern-leaning benedict concoction is waiting for you with open arms and BBQ hollandaise. It's only available on Saturdays and Sundays, which should TOTALLY deter you from weekday drinking.


DC Miso Ramen
Sakuramen, Adams Morgan
Sure, Toki Underground and Daikaya are fantastic and all, but you’ll have to wait in line. NOT AN OPTION said the pack of evil Leprechauns playing bocce ball (they're culturally enlightened) in your abdomen. So head instead to Sakuramen and get the ultra-comforting DC Miso Ramen with chashu, menma, green onion, cheese, naruto, and nori. Mi-so hungover jokes discouraged, but probably inevitable.

Laura Hayes

Chicken & Waffles
City Tap HouseMt. Vernon Square
Sometimes you just need carbs and fried things. This is one of those times. City Tap House’s take on the Southern classic is taken to the next level with honey thyme butter, coffee stout syrup, and red pepper jam. You aren't really in the mindset to actively appreciate all that fanciness, but subconsciously your taste buds will appreciate it. If some hair of the dog would help, they’ll whip up a salt-rimmed Greyhound, too.

Laura Hayes

The Hangover Cure
The SourcePenn Quarter
So Chris had nothing to do with this one, but that doesn't mean it won't help. The healing power of the egg cannot be overstated. No really, eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde. Boom, science! Obliterate that acetaldehyde with The Source’s comforting crock of Chinese braised short ribs topped with a 63-degree egg. It’s available during Saturday Dim Sum Brunch.

Wicked Waffle

Bacon, Egg & Cheese
Wicked WaffleFarragut Square
The waffle. The bacon, egg & cheese. They’re both hangover heroes in their own right. But when combined, say at Wicked Waffle, they’ll have you off the couch and training for that triathlon in no time. At the very least, you’ll be able to re-enter society and hit up Whole Foods.

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1. District Commons 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom)

Upscale dining with an American tavern inspiration, District Commons elevates comfort food with a fresh raw bar, hearth-fired flatbreads, and a carving board slicing local and sustainable meats. Come in for the rotating pre-fixe family meal served nightly at 10p or just sample one of the 99 beers on the wall.

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2. Ted's Bulletin 1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Why choose between vices like ice cream and alcohol when you can indulge in both at once? At Ted's Bulletin, "adult milkshakes" are a crowd favorite -- towering glasses of blended home-made ice cream spiked with things like peppermint schnapps, Irish cream and coconut rum. And for those who can stomach more than a boozy shake, the D.C. mainstay offers a full menu of morning and afternoon eats. Best known for its brunch, the place boasts home-made pop tarts, hefty egg plates, and a "Walk Of Shame Burrito," stuffed with sausage, cheese and hash-browns. The trendy, leather-booth-lined space is equally as appealing as the entrées (and equally instragrammable), and the bar offers plenty of coffee, and a traditional cocktail menu, for when the dairy-liquor combo doesn't necessarily appeal.

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3. Austin Grill 750 E St NW, Washington, 20004 (Penn Quarter)

It's tough to beat the Austin Grill for a quality lunch, whether you're ordering up one of their signature burgers or chowing down on their sandwiches, burritos, taco plates, salads, or slurping their delicious drinks.

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4. Logan Tavern 1423 P St NW, Washington DC, 20005 (Logan Circle)

Located at Logan Circle, Logan Tavern is a bustling tavern and restaurant that dishes out American comfort food like Southern fried chicken, grass-fed burgers, and meatloaf. The Bloody Mary menu -- which lets you choose your vodka (or tequila if you're going for a Bloody Maria), type of juice, flavor add-ons (wasabi, Old Bay seasoning, horseradish), and edible accompaniments (pickles, celery, crispy potato strings, smoked bacon, fried onion rings) -- is the recipe for a perfect brunch.

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5. Duke's Grocery 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

You're in for some monster sandwiches and burgers at this bi-level East London-inspired spot in Dupont. Take the Proper Burger, for example, which is stacked with two griddled patties and topped with a list of flavorful ingredients that includes smoked Gouda, charred red onions, and a Thai sweet chili sauce. Beyond the Proper, their chalkboard menu offers an array of tasty dishes -- from curries to homemade pastas -- that are all made from scratch in their cozy kitchen. The laid-back neighborhood-pub vibe lets you kick back while you sip on a craft brew or cocktail.

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6. Bracket Room 1210 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201 (Arlington)

This sports bar and resto has an extensive menu loaded with favorites like ribs, burgers, and other pub grub, and they also serve up a host of beers, 'tails, and something called "Chris's Hangover Cure" which is a concoction of carrots, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne.

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7. Commissary 1443 P St NW, Washington DC, 20005 (Logan Circle)

Whether you're looking to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Commissary is a major hit with their full menu of meaty options, salads, pizzas, and sammies. And if want want to slug a few drinks, they also have a full service bar and lounge.

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8. Sakuramen 2441 18th Street NW, , Washington, DC , DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

This subterranean noodle hideout (seriously, hide from the Adams Morgan crowds here) sports bamboo columns, a huge oak communal table, and an artistic rendering of Shoki, the Japanese guardian and "demon queller." Their selection of buns is well worth your time -- from spicy sweet pork to mushroom. Consider pairing them with their traditional shoyu gojiramen (chasu pork, scallions, nori, and sprouts) or the meat-lover's shoki bowl, filled with extra chashu and bulgogi.

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9. City Tap House 901 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20536 (Mount Vernon Sq)

With 60+ brews available (40 via tap), City Tap House is your destination for craft beer enlightenment. With a sizable menu of bites like brick oven pizza, Craftwiches, and three different kinds of mussels, you can settle in for the long haul and taste a range of brews.

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10. The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

The name Wolfgang Puck attached to this Penn Quarter restaurant should tell you two things right off the bat -- this place isn't messing around with its culinary technique, and dinner here isn't going for cheap. The sleek dining area, brightened by cheerful yellow accents and floor-to-ceiling windows, is always full of people (many of whom are tourists, given the location) vying for a taste of Asian-inspired cuisine like chili oil-poached Nordic Cod or soy-marinated lamb chops. On the other side of the restaurant, the bar and lounge are a little bit calmer and offer a slew of classic and specialty cocktails along with, of course, an impressive wine list.

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11. Wicked Waffle 1712 I (Eye) St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Downtown)

Get pretty much anything you like on a waffle -- because, isn't that always more delicious?



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