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A Guide to Hangover Food Around Detroit

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In a city with so many excellent bars, distilleries, and breweries, it’s almost inevitable many adults will at one time or another end up with one of those head-splitting, queasy, hide-from-light-and-sound hangovers. While scientists and so-called "reasonable people" will knowingly explain that there is no true remedy beyond drinking less in the first place. There are, however, a few things that can be done to make life after drinking a bit more tolerable.

Many have a standard, go-to hangover cure such as water and ibuprofen. Others turn to food for some calorie-induced relief. Below find some of the best hangover cures on a plate — or in a bowl. From soul-warming soups to spicy seafood dishes to fresh juice and diner breakfasts, find an answer to the thing that ails you and re-energize. Here, now, are 17 fabulous meals across metro Detroit to help you recover the morning after.

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1. Mariscos El Salpicon

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8600 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
313-914-2214

The Dish: Micheladas and Molcajete de Mariscos

Find Micheladas (like a bloody mary but with beer) loaded with veggies and spice plus an astounding selection of coastal Mexican cuisine at this Southwest Detroit restaurant. The Molcajete de Mariscos is literally overflowing with shellfish seasoned with salt and lime.

2. Telway Hamburgers

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6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 843-2146

The Dish: Sliders and Coffee

Sometimes the answer to a hangover is greasy food and this 24-hour Southwest Detroit (or Madison Heights) burger haunt is a popular remedy. For just a few bucks get several freshly grilled sliders and coffee. Don't forget cash.

3. Duly's Place

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5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-3076

The Dish: Carbs and Breakfast Meat

Sure, one could go the traditional route with a coney dog but this greasy spoon's breakfast dishes are a solid stop on the road to hangover recovery. Definitely order the diner coffee. Choose from all the traditional breakfast staples, pancakes, french toast, bacon, and eggs. Everything comes out hot and generously slathered in butter, and usually for well under $10. Just remember to bring cash.

4. Taqueria El Rey

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4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 357-3094
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The Dish: The California Burrito

When in doubt turn to a burrito. The warm flour tortilla is stuffed with a choice of meat (the pastor is an easy choice), plus ample helpings of beans, onions, cilantro, cheese, and salsa. The amalgamation of carbs, protein, and veggies is easy on the stomach.

5. The Brooklyn Street Local

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1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-6547
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The Dish: Breakfast Poutine

Brooklyn Street's brunch is a lifesaver after a late night of drinking. Plenty of strong coffee, spicy brunch cocktails sans actual booze, and breakfast poutine have the ability to turn a potentially rough day into a great one. The poutine comes in both traditional and vegan varieties and the runny egg adds an extra rich protein component to an otherwise potato-heavy dish.

6. Dime Store

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719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9106
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The Dish: Spicy Korean Fries

The downtown all-day brunch bar boasts a liquor license and range of creative dishes including the Korean fries — spuds loaded with steak, bulgogi, pickled veggies, and creamy, spicy Sriracha mayo.

7. Drought

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1435 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

The Dish: Cold-Pressed Juice

Okay juicers. Ginger is traditionally considered to be easy on the stomach and Drought’s cold-pressed juices feature the spicy root in a number of different refreshing combinations from straight one-ounce shots to bigger, blended beverages like apple-lemon-ginger.

8. Clique Restaurant

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1326 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-0922
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The Dish: Breakfast Skillet

Always busy breakfast diner Clique Restaurant makes a mean skillet. Go for the corned beef, mixed with bell peppers, potatoes, and plenty of melty cheese with an egg on top (any style).

9. Stache International

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1420 E Fisher Fwy
Detroit, MI 48207

The Dish: Stache Favorite

Stache offers a fabulous range of sandwiches, but sets itself apart from the crowd by offering delivery to most of the core downtown neighborhoods (vital if you can't manage to make it out of bed). The Stache Favorite has all the trappings of a great hangover cure with its fried house made bologna, thick slices of bacon, and melty cheese. Don't forget to add an egg.

10. Pho Lucky

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3311 Woodward
Detroit, MI
(313) 338-3895
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The Dish: Pho

Comforting, warm bowls of pho will help ease even the worst cases back into the world of the living. Sip the flavorful beef broth and replenish your energy with a bites of Vietnamese meatballs, thinly sliced steak, and plenty of fresh herbs.

11. Honest John's Bar & No Grill

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488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5646
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The Dish: Smothered Hash Browns

Honest John's has the distinction of being open during most waking hours with both drinks and food. The smothered hash browns are classic comfort food served with a choice of grilled veggies, cheese, eggs, and toast.

12. Midtown Shangri-La

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4710 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-7669
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The Dish: Dim Sum

One of a handful of spots offering dim sum in the metro Detroit area, Shangri-La's mid-day service is an excellent option for those interested in grazing on a variety of dishes. Choose from individual bites like steamed pork buns, rice rolls, and cakes.

13. Rose's Fine Foods

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10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 309-7947
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The Dish: Seasonal Broth Bowl

Hydrate with a warm bowl of chicken broth filled with poached egg, herbs, and Rose's always excellent seasonal vegetables. The soup comes with a side of toast.

14. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 861-0229
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The Dish: Chicken and Waffles

Kuzzo’s does its signature dish very well. Have ‘em any way you like ‘em here from crispy fried bone-in chicken to boneless chicken strips. The combination of fried chicken and carbs is filling and easy on the stomach and the large glasses of sweet tea will help on the hydration front.

15. O.W.L.

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27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 808-6244
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The Dish: Chili Chilaquiles

The mild salsa verde, sprinkled cojita, and perfectly cooked over easy eggs on crunchy corn chips make for an excellent breakfast pick-me-up after a long night out. Order them to-go or nurse a cup of coffee at OWL’s tiny diner counter.

16. Chung Ki Wa

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2101 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 264-4488

The Dish: Soon Du Bu

Even the most beastly of hangover will be killed off with heat from this spicy Korean soup. Made with silken tofu, the red broth comes out sizzling in the bowl with a poached egg.

17. Matsuchan

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5990 N Sheldon Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 459-1770

The Dish: Ramen

Order a steaming bowl of hearty noodle soup from this Canton ramen shop. For extra heat order the hot and spicy ramen bowl or opt for one of the other savory broths such as pork miso.

1. Mariscos El Salpicon

8600 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

The Dish: Micheladas and Molcajete de Mariscos

Find Micheladas (like a bloody mary but with beer) loaded with veggies and spice plus an astounding selection of coastal Mexican cuisine at this Southwest Detroit restaurant. The Molcajete de Mariscos is literally overflowing with shellfish seasoned with salt and lime.

8600 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

2. Telway Hamburgers

6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

The Dish: Sliders and Coffee

Sometimes the answer to a hangover is greasy food and this 24-hour Southwest Detroit (or Madison Heights) burger haunt is a popular remedy. For just a few bucks get several freshly grilled sliders and coffee. Don't forget cash.

6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

3. Duly's Place

5458 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

The Dish: Carbs and Breakfast Meat

Sure, one could go the traditional route with a coney dog but this greasy spoon's breakfast dishes are a solid stop on the road to hangover recovery. Definitely order the diner coffee. Choose from all the traditional breakfast staples, pancakes, french toast, bacon, and eggs. Everything comes out hot and generously slathered in butter, and usually for well under $10. Just remember to bring cash.

5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Taqueria El Rey

4730 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

The Dish: The California Burrito

When in doubt turn to a burrito. The warm flour tortilla is stuffed with a choice of meat (the pastor is an easy choice), plus ample helpings of beans, onions, cilantro, cheese, and salsa. The amalgamation of carbs, protein, and veggies is easy on the stomach.

4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

5. The Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The Dish: Breakfast Poutine

Brooklyn Street's brunch is a lifesaver after a late night of drinking. Plenty of strong coffee, spicy brunch cocktails sans actual booze, and breakfast poutine have the ability to turn a potentially rough day into a great one. The poutine comes in both traditional and vegan varieties and the runny egg adds an extra rich protein component to an otherwise potato-heavy dish.

1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Dime Store

719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Dish: Spicy Korean Fries

The downtown all-day brunch bar boasts a liquor license and range of creative dishes including the Korean fries — spuds loaded with steak, bulgogi, pickled veggies, and creamy, spicy Sriracha mayo.

719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Drought

1435 Farmer St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Dish: Cold-Pressed Juice

Okay juicers. Ginger is traditionally considered to be easy on the stomach and Drought’s cold-pressed juices feature the spicy root in a number of different refreshing combinations from straight one-ounce shots to bigger, blended beverages like apple-lemon-ginger.

1435 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Clique Restaurant

1326 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

The Dish: Breakfast Skillet

Always busy breakfast diner Clique Restaurant makes a mean skillet. Go for the corned beef, mixed with bell peppers, potatoes, and plenty of melty cheese with an egg on top (any style).

1326 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

9. Stache International

1420 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit, MI 48207

The Dish: Stache Favorite

Stache offers a fabulous range of sandwiches, but sets itself apart from the crowd by offering delivery to most of the core downtown neighborhoods (vital if you can't manage to make it out of bed). The Stache Favorite has all the trappings of a great hangover cure with its fried house made bologna, thick slices of bacon, and melty cheese. Don't forget to add an egg.

1420 E Fisher Fwy
Detroit, MI 48207

10. Pho Lucky

3311 Woodward, Detroit, MI

The Dish: Pho

Comforting, warm bowls of pho will help ease even the worst cases back into the world of the living. Sip the flavorful beef broth and replenish your energy with a bites of Vietnamese meatballs, thinly sliced steak, and plenty of fresh herbs.

3311 Woodward
Detroit, MI

11. Honest John's Bar & No Grill

488 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

The Dish: Smothered Hash Browns

Honest John's has the distinction of being open during most waking hours with both drinks and food. The smothered hash browns are classic comfort food served with a choice of grilled veggies, cheese, eggs, and toast.

488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Midtown Shangri-La

4710 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

The Dish: Dim Sum

One of a handful of spots offering dim sum in the metro Detroit area, Shangri-La's mid-day service is an excellent option for those interested in grazing on a variety of dishes. Choose from individual bites like steamed pork buns, rice rolls, and cakes.

4710 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Rose's Fine Foods

10551 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

The Dish: Seasonal Broth Bowl

Hydrate with a warm bowl of chicken broth filled with poached egg, herbs, and Rose's always excellent seasonal vegetables. The soup comes with a side of toast.

10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

14. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

The Dish: Chicken and Waffles

Kuzzo’s does its signature dish very well. Have ‘em any way you like ‘em here from crispy fried bone-in chicken to boneless chicken strips. The combination of fried chicken and carbs is filling and easy on the stomach and the large glasses of sweet tea will help on the hydration front.

19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

15. O.W.L.

27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

The Dish: Chili Chilaquiles

The mild salsa verde, sprinkled cojita, and perfectly cooked over easy eggs on crunchy corn chips make for an excellent breakfast pick-me-up after a long night out. Order them to-go or nurse a cup of coffee at OWL’s tiny diner counter.

27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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16. Chung Ki Wa

2101 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

The Dish: Soon Du Bu

Even the most beastly of hangover will be killed off with heat from this spicy Korean soup. Made with silken tofu, the red broth comes out sizzling in the bowl with a poached egg.

2101 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

17. Matsuchan

5990 N Sheldon Rd, Canton, MI 48187

The Dish: Ramen

Order a steaming bowl of hearty noodle soup from this Canton ramen shop. For extra heat order the hot and spicy ramen bowl or opt for one of the other savory broths such as pork miso.

5990 N Sheldon Rd
Canton, MI 48187

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