Best hangover meal: chicken & waffles
I know it might seem like a minor act of heresy to order waffles at the International House of Pancakes. But IHOP has a surprisingly good riff on the soul food neo-classic combo of chicken and waffles. You have the starch to soak up the booze and the chicken to add a layer of beautiful grease (which in this case is a good thing) to an otherwise miserable morning. And hey, you can always order some pancakes on your way out, if you are still feeling bad about the flapjack-shunning.
Best hangover meal: "Animal-Style" Double-Double (no fries!)
Apologies for all readers on the East Coast, but In-N-Out's (not-so-secret) secret menu item deserves a spot on this list, despite not technically being nationally available. The "Animal-Style" burger is, quite simply, a hangover melting panacea of gooey cheese, beef grilled with copious amounts of mustard, sautéed onions, and a liberal layer of orange mystery sauce. No fries necessary (or recommended). If you live in driving distance from an In-N-Out, congrats. If not, maybe it's time to start looking at flight deals.