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Houston’s 12 Essential Hangover Cures

From tater tots to steaming bowls of pho

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Waking up with head splitting pain and dizzying nausea after a night out is never fun. But despite how much we tell ourselves we’ll never drink that much again, we probably will as early as next weekend. Fortunately, Houston has a bevy of restaurants serving hangover-approved food like loaded fries, breakfast tacos, and greasy burgers.

Head to these 12 spots for Houston’s heartiest hangover cures.

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Velvet Taco

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Cafeteria comfort food gets a much needed upgrade in the form of Velvet Taco’s loaded tots. Feast on a fluffy bed of tater tots topped with bacon, cheddar, sharp goat cheese, a drizzle of avocado crema, and crowned with a fresh sunny-side up egg. Pro-tip, pour on their house hot sauce for a spicy kick. 

Lankford's Grocery & Market

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This bygone era burger joint has withstood the test of time by keeping things tasty and traditional. While Lankford Grocery’s menu is full of hangover cures, the Grim Burger—an old fashioned hamburger patty piled with creamy mac and cheese, jalapeno bacon, and an egg—definitely does the trick.  

Better Luck Tomorrow

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Hit up BLT’s brunch after a night on the town. While their aptly named “hangover hashbrowns” swimming in beef gravy will suffice, the cheesy spaghetti sandwich is sure to soak up any excess booze. Two parmesan crusted slices of Texas toast cradling a heap of homestyle spaghetti and stretchy burrata is carb overload in the best possible way.

Sam’s Fried Chicken & Donuts

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The double donut is the dish that gives Sam’s their name. For those who can’t decide between sweet and savory, opt for this signature sandwich featuring crispy chicken tenders nestled between two glazed donuts slathered with delectable bacon marmalade. 

La Lucha

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La Lucha’s pharmacy burger, which has appeared on countless local lists, lives up to the hype. Wrapped in yellow wax paper, the burger immediately evokes the flavors of a classic hamburger first tasted during childhood. Acidic mustard, pickles, and onions cut through the richness of the juicy meat and gooey cheese resulting in a balanced, unami-blasting bite. 

Turkey Leg Hut

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Succulent, slow smoked turkey legs can cure a hangover all on their own, but TLH’s stuffed turkey legs are next level. First, a turkey leg split and stuffed with spicy homemade dirty rice then ladled with jumbo shrimp and creamy alfredo sauce resulting in a decadent 3 in 1 meal.

Tacos Tierra Caliente

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Tacos Tierra Caliente’s smoky chorizo and egg breakfast taco served on warm flour or corn tortillas is a protein packed hangover cure. Best of all, breakfast tacos are only $1 a pop allowing diners to scarf down as many as necessary without breaking the bank.

Candente

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Picture this: a mound of sturdy tortilla chips sturdy enough to support the Pit Room’s famous chopped brisket along with a smattering of other toppings. Every bite of Candente’s brisket nachos is filled with flavor from pickled red onions, piquant salsa, earthy cilantro, cooling crema, and barbeque sauce. There’s a contrast of textures from smooth refried beans to crisp white onions and velvety cheese. 

EggHaus Gourmet

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EggHaus touts a health conscious approach to food, but the hangover sandwich here is as indulgent as ever. The sandwich features cage-free eggs, beer-simmered shredded chicken, queso fresco, and avocado ranch on a buttery fresh-baked bun. Add a lavender matcha latte and it’ll seem like last night never happened.

Tacos A Go Go

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Whoever thought to wrap tater tots, queso, black beans, bacon bits, pickled jalapenos, pico, and sour cream in a pillowy flour tortilla deserves an award. The dish is messy to eat with your hands, bu it’s worth it.  

LES NOO'DLE

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Nothing beats a steamy bowl of broth when the thought of greasy food turns the stomach and you feel too ill to get out of bed. Les Noo’dle’s pho bo consists of noodles in a fragrant spiced beef broth simmered for 24 hours and topped with fresh herbs. Plus, the Vietnamese iced coffee provides a potent pick me up.

Boheme doesn’t serve a mere plate of fries, they bring out a full platter. Try these sauce-soaked spuds two ways: Vietnamese style with hoisin, sriracha, garlic mayo, and crushed peanuts or Bangkok style with pork shoulder, curry mayo, and sesame sticks. 

Velvet Taco

Cafeteria comfort food gets a much needed upgrade in the form of Velvet Taco’s loaded tots. Feast on a fluffy bed of tater tots topped with bacon, cheddar, sharp goat cheese, a drizzle of avocado crema, and crowned with a fresh sunny-side up egg. Pro-tip, pour on their house hot sauce for a spicy kick. 

Lankford's Grocery & Market

This bygone era burger joint has withstood the test of time by keeping things tasty and traditional. While Lankford Grocery’s menu is full of hangover cures, the Grim Burger—an old fashioned hamburger patty piled with creamy mac and cheese, jalapeno bacon, and an egg—definitely does the trick.  

Better Luck Tomorrow

Hit up BLT’s brunch after a night on the town. While their aptly named “hangover hashbrowns” swimming in beef gravy will suffice, the cheesy spaghetti sandwich is sure to soak up any excess booze. Two parmesan crusted slices of Texas toast cradling a heap of homestyle spaghetti and stretchy burrata is carb overload in the best possible way.

Sam’s Fried Chicken & Donuts

The double donut is the dish that gives Sam’s their name. For those who can’t decide between sweet and savory, opt for this signature sandwich featuring crispy chicken tenders nestled between two glazed donuts slathered with delectable bacon marmalade. 

La Lucha

La Lucha’s pharmacy burger, which has appeared on countless local lists, lives up to the hype. Wrapped in yellow wax paper, the burger immediately evokes the flavors of a classic hamburger first tasted during childhood. Acidic mustard, pickles, and onions cut through the richness of the juicy meat and gooey cheese resulting in a balanced, unami-blasting bite. 

Turkey Leg Hut

Succulent, slow smoked turkey legs can cure a hangover all on their own, but TLH’s stuffed turkey legs are next level. First, a turkey leg split and stuffed with spicy homemade dirty rice then ladled with jumbo shrimp and creamy alfredo sauce resulting in a decadent 3 in 1 meal.

Tacos Tierra Caliente

Tacos Tierra Caliente’s smoky chorizo and egg breakfast taco served on warm flour or corn tortillas is a protein packed hangover cure. Best of all, breakfast tacos are only $1 a pop allowing diners to scarf down as many as necessary without breaking the bank.

Candente

Picture this: a mound of sturdy tortilla chips sturdy enough to support the Pit Room’s famous chopped brisket along with a smattering of other toppings. Every bite of Candente’s brisket nachos is filled with flavor from pickled red onions, piquant salsa, earthy cilantro, cooling crema, and barbeque sauce. There’s a contrast of textures from smooth refried beans to crisp white onions and velvety cheese. 

EggHaus Gourmet

EggHaus touts a health conscious approach to food, but the hangover sandwich here is as indulgent as ever. The sandwich features cage-free eggs, beer-simmered shredded chicken, queso fresco, and avocado ranch on a buttery fresh-baked bun. Add a lavender matcha latte and it’ll seem like last night never happened.

Tacos A Go Go

Whoever thought to wrap tater tots, queso, black beans, bacon bits, pickled jalapenos, pico, and sour cream in a pillowy flour tortilla deserves an award. The dish is messy to eat with your hands, bu it’s worth it.  

LES NOO'DLE

Nothing beats a steamy bowl of broth when the thought of greasy food turns the stomach and you feel too ill to get out of bed. Les Noo’dle’s pho bo consists of noodles in a fragrant spiced beef broth simmered for 24 hours and topped with fresh herbs. Plus, the Vietnamese iced coffee provides a potent pick me up.

Boheme

Boheme doesn’t serve a mere plate of fries, they bring out a full platter. Try these sauce-soaked spuds two ways: Vietnamese style with hoisin, sriracha, garlic mayo, and crushed peanuts or Bangkok style with pork shoulder, curry mayo, and sesame sticks. 

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