Hangover helpers - post-Super Bowl edition
February 6th, 2012
09:05 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Super Bowl Sunday is over and Post-Super Bowl Monday might just be the biggest call-in-sick day of the year; an estimated 1.4 million Americans will not make it to work the day after Super Bowl XLVI. In his book, "The Billion Dollar Game," Allen St. John reports on a grassroots group that wants Super Bowl Sunday to be a national holiday; the following Monday would then be the formal day of observance.

Whether or not you’re part of that statistic, you should figure out what to do if your beer or whiskey consumption starts getting rounded out to the nearest dozen. Here in New York (go Giants!), my trainer Victor speaks from experience when he recommends Gatorade and two Advil before you go to bed, or the second you manage to open your eyes. He also advises eating the tallest meat and cheese sandwich before bed, and/or the greasiest egg-and-bacon combo in the a.m. Other parts of the country have hangover cures, too.

Dallas, Texas
The Dallas Observer awarded a tie for Best Hangover Cure 2011. AllGood Café was one winner, for their South Austin Migas - scrambled eggs with grilled veggies in a flour tortilla with green salsa. (You decide if the name AllGood is soothing or annoying when you’re hungover.) At the opposite end of the spectrum is the other winner, English Breakfast at Trinity Hall - fried eggs, bangers, bacon, black and white pudding, a bowl of baked beans and buttered toast. It’s a greasy, heavy overload that should send you right back to bed - probably your best bet anyway.

New York City, New York
Blowfish brand tablets are available via 60 minute delivery service in Manhattan, for semi-instant relief. (Their conveniently named website is forhangovers.com.) The pills don’t actually contain blowfish, though wouldn’t that be an amazingly exotic cure? Instead, they’ve got a coffee cup's worth of caffeine, the aspirin dosage of three Bayer tablets and bicarbonate to ease queasiness. They’re also newly available in South Beach, Florida, if you’re recovering from club night and not the Super Bowl. Pills are $2.99 for a two tablet treatment.

Los Angeles, California
For the hard-partying, Super Bowl-watching vegan crowd in SoCal, uber critic Jonathan Gold has found your cure. He calls out the curative properties of the vegan menudo at the new Mexican spot Mas Malo. Gold describes it as having "as many of the features of menudo, including chile, onion, lime, oregano and a funky blast of hominy, but substitutes bits of boiled tofu for the original tripe." If real meat tripe is your definitive hangover cure, you’ll have to go elsewhere - they don’t have it at Mas Malo.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
At the Burger joint Stack'd, the signature dish is The Hangover Stack: a 7–ounce beef patty topped with fried onions, Nueske's bacon, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. It’s served with deep-fried pickles and a bottle of Tabasco. Another signature, whose name you might identify with, is The Hot Mess, consisting of Wisconsin cheddar, Swiss and smoked gouda melted between two pieces of Texas toast; you can turn it into a BLT burger for a little extra.

Milton Crawford’s "The Hungoevr Cookbook" (nope, not a typo), which came out last spring, offers information about hangovers that you might or might not want to absorb, including whether or not you’re still drunk. It’s also got recipes from around the world ranging from virtuous, like Carrot–Orange-Apple-Ginger Juice, to not-so-virtuous like Anna and Tommy's Mexican Breakfast, which is a huge fried-egg-topped chorizo-filled tortilla. Which I’m sure my trainer Victor would approve of.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. FirstAve

    Nothing cures my hangovers, if you can cure your hangovers... A. you don't know how to drink B. you don't know how to drink

    February 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  2. Zack

    get some danks

    February 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  3. toxictown

    keep drinking

    February 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  4. meh

    How about a nice greasy porkchop on a dirty ashtray and some warm milk with that hangover. Mmmmm.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  5. no

    this article is so goddamned stupid and wrong

    February 7, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  6. Ryan

    Tofu is definitely not the way to beat a hang over. Pho is my go too hangover cure. It works better than menudo (especially some lame sounding tofu menudo). Your body needs water, electrolytes, and some grease to smooth everything out. This article is whack.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  7. Burbank

    Superbowl is most definitley NOT deserving to be a national holiday! Come on people! That's just plain lame and ridiculous! Not everyone worships sports! Duhhhhh – Why not just have it on Saturday instead of Sunday??? It's not rocket science to figure that one out.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Ryan

      Because Saturday is reserved for college football. In New Zealand they are as crazy about rugby as we are for football in the USA. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Don't be a hater.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Holiday = A Day Off Work

      @Burbank, who said Super Bowl Sunday was a holiday? Valentine's Day & Halloween aren't technically holidays either, but waddya gonna do aboudit?

      February 7, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  8. anonymous

    2 activated charcoal capsules and sleep work quite well...if you have to work, the activated charcoal and one of those arizona sweet iced teas will fix you right up :)

    February 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  9. MattC

    The Milwaukee hangover cure is a joke. If you want to cure a hangover in Milwaukee, you go to Kopps and get a double cheeseburger with fried onions and a scoop of whatever the flavor of the day is. On your way, drink a Revive Vitamin water. By the time you're done eating, hangover gone.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  10. notsopc

    I would love to have your Sancocho and oxtail recipes, please...

    February 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  11. pat

    Make sure you have had a full meal a few hours before drinking alcohol. 60% of alcohol is absorbed in the lower intestines.
    You can also take a couple of aspirins before drinking if you know you have a long night ahead of you. They work better if you take them before, not after drinking.

    February 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • toxictown

      You gotta be careful mixing asprin and alcohol as that's a recipe for an ulcer. However, DO NOT substitute w/Tylenol – that is worse and will cook your liver quick (read the package).

      February 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  12. PainDPain

    I always use Tomato juice that is made with blending 1:1 Red tomatoes, salt and tablespoon honey, with fresh mint leaves.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  13. alan s

    Every New Year, St. Pat's, and Super Bowl we see these articles about hangover cures. As one who drank heavily for almost 40 years let me say: the cures are all bull. Yes, drinking water is wise, and aspirin can't hurt, but the bottom line is that if you drink too much alcohol you're going to have a hangover. Period.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  14. Great

    The best hangover helper is to not drink enough alcohol to end up with one.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Bristol Palin

      Abstinence worked for me!

      February 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Steve O

      Or don't stop.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Potpie the Sailor

      Smoking the weed doesn't give a hangover.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  15. Wastrel

    Vegan menudo. That is the nadir of stupid.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  16. Josie

    I too drink water between drinking if I know I will be doing that for a while. That is especially true if you are out camping and are out in the heat and under the sun. Dehydration due to that plus a LOT of alcohol makes for a very miserable time. Hangovers is dehydration mainly, water is the best cure, plus asprine or painkillers to dull the pain of it all. Funny, didn't drink last night watching the super bowl, was still recovering from the night before!

    February 6, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  17. Truth™

    Rather timely. I have a colleague who mysteriously called in to say that she will not be in until noon or so today. I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

    February 6, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  18. Carn E. Vore

    Quarter pounder w/cheese, large fries, and a super-sized Sprite from McD's.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • ugh

      I'm getting a hangover just thinking about eating that garbage.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  19. William

    Rob has is right: a glass of water between each drink...doesn't lessen the effect it actually enhances it because you aren't feeling achy underneath the buzz. Eat fatty foods and chips while drinking and take an Alka-Seltzer before bed and on waking. Still nails me sometimes though.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Leslie

      Try the product– NOHO–it's a hangover defense drink that can be purchased in various stores (BevMo) etc., look it up!

      February 6, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  20. Rob

    Try drinking a FULL glass of water between each drink. NO HANGOVER

    February 6, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • edjube

      Water it down??? Kind of defeats the purpose don't it.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • Rob

        water "it" down? Where did I say that? I said in between. You do not understand why apparently, but when you get older you will figure it out.

        February 6, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Matt

        Does this method come with an extra bladder? True that hydration is key, but if you have five drinks that's ten full glasses of water. Too much water for me, I'll take my chances.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • AleeD

        @Matt, 5 alcoholic beverages + 5 glasses of water = 10 drinks, not 10 glasses of water.
        Technically, Rob offered water BETWEEN boozed bevs, so that's only 4 glasses of water.
        Hope that helps you make it to the bathroom in time.

        February 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • AleeD

      @Rob, I getcha. I learned about rehydration during a tequila binge many years ago. The ladies were partying hard AND drinking water. They guys wanted nothing to do with it. The next day, the guys had to play in a softball tournament WITH hangovers. Us ladies were rooting for them, loudly and hangover-free, from the stands.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • IHEG@ AleeD


        February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  21. monah

    Try knowing ahead of time that if you drink too much you will have a hangover. Then decide whether to get drunk or not and want to deal with the consequences.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  22. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    What you need is a hot pot of Dominican "Sancocho" (hearty creamy soup with different meats) or a nice thick plate of Spicy Stewed Oxtail! yes!

    February 6, 2012 at 8:47 am |
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