by FreeFoodBoston - 20 Reviews - 56 List
It's all fun and games until the sun comes up and you realize, yet again, that maybe that last cocktail wasn't such a good idea. Lucky for you, that blinding headache is the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite remedy, be it greasy food, nourishing rehydration, or physical activity. If all is right in the world, then you have nothing on tap for the day except curing this hangover. Go forth and cure yourself with some of Boston's finest hangover helpers.
(Photo: Deluxe Town Diner, by FreeFoodBoston)
Updated: October 14, 2011
Recommended restaurants and bars for the best bloody marys in town.
If your neighborhood of choice for late night debauchery is Allston, you do not have to venture far the next morning for sustenance. Allston is packed with diners and watering holes aplenty. Big City stands out among the bunch with massive portions for less than $10. Big City also offers a free mimosa or bloody mary with every brunch entree. Talk about alleviating a headache.
If you're going to drink like an Irishman, you might as well eat like one, too. If you're game for some authentic Irish pub food, the hearty fare at the Druid is some of the best in Boston. Quiet your rumbling stomach with large plates of eggs, blood sausage, beans and rashers. It's just as fun to go at night, but we recommend taking a break between the two.
When a place has been around since 1927, clearly it's doing something right. Charlie's in the South End serves up much more than just sandwiches. Avid brunch-eaters go for the famous turkey hash, enormous omelets, and blueberry pancakes. Diners come as much for the charming old-fashioned counter and friendly service as for the food. And it's a winning combination. Don't be surprised if you find yourself not wanting to leave at the end of your meal.
College kids and avid party-goers swear by the hangover-curing power of pho. Nothing brings relief quite like a massive steaming bowl of broth filled with rice noodles, beef, and topped of with fragrant Thai basil and crunchy bean sprouts. Warm, tasty and nourishing, like a fuzzy blanket in food form.
You could counter your headache with a plate of heavy, greasy breakfast food. But those omelets and home fries do leave one lethargic. If you're looking to do a 180 from the previous night, try Life Alive, the colorful vegetarian oasis in Central Square. Banish all of those toxins with a fresh carrot, apple and spirulina juice, and replenish your body's nutrients with vibrant vegetable, bean and grain dishes.
A hearty brunch doesn't have to be greasy, and a diner staff doesn't have to be sassy, at least not at Deluxe Town Diner, which has so much more than the requisite eggs and corned beef hash. Its signature sweet potato pecan waffles are happiness on a plate. The staff are so friendly, they could be family--the kind that won't judge you on your condition.
For the more virtuous among us, Saturday morning sun salutations are the remedy of choice. Get your vinyasa on and sweat out those toxins at O2 Yoga in Somerville. It's a small, low-key studio, so you don't have to worry about being judged if you're a little wobbly during your three-legged dog.