Ask your grandmother for a sure-fire hangover cure and she may hit you with advice like: have a cup of hot onion soup, drink a glass of heavy cream or rub a lemon into the armpit of your drinking arm. Who are we to question the nanas, meemaws and abuelitas of the world? But, if these prove ineffective after your New Year’s Eve revelries, may we suggest an alternative?
A big glass of water, a couple of Advil and a greasy, carb-heavy breakfast from any of these spots are sure to put the pep back in your step after a night of heavy drinking.
Ducktown Tavern, Atlantic City
Open 24-hours a day, Ducktown Tavern is the place to be no matter what time you rise from your drunken stupor. Among classics like a stack of pancakes and French toast are options like the New York strip steak and eggs and the Ducktown Clucker omelet with scrapple, corned beef hash and jalapenos topped with cheese whiz. This salty, satisfying meal is just what the doctor ordered after an all-nighter. Located at 2400 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Go to DucktownTavern.com.
The Breakfast Shop, Somers Point
Is anything quite as satisfying as an egg, cheese and pork roll sandwich after a night of drinking? With bread to soak up the alcohol, grease from the pork roll to coat the stomach and protein from the egg, it’s pretty much the perfect hangover food. The Breakfast Shop in Somers Point offers a particularly delicious one, and the location — right on the edge of the bay — is an added bonus. Located at 910 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Find The Breakfast Shop on Facebook.
Perry’s Café, Atlantic City
Breakfast foods are undeniably satisfying, but sometimes you want to skip right to lunch. Though Perry’s Café in A.C. does have a big breakfast menu, its sandwich platters, served with a pickle and chips, are just as fulfilling. Try the tempting N.Y. Style Reuben, with corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese. Located at 1339 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. Go to PerrysCafeAC.com.
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Lenox Café, Atlantic City
An incredible Dominican dish can be found at Atlantic City’s Lenox Café by the name of Mangu. It starts with friend plantains that are then mashed with salt, garlic and oil in a wooden mortar and pestle, and mixed up with friend cheese. Pair it with a strong cup of Dominican coffee and you’ve got yourself a satisfying and hangover-killing breakfast. Located at 2730 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Find Lenox Café on Facebook.
Jon & Patty’s, Ocean City
You really can’t go wrong with anything on Jon & Patty’s menu, but two stand outs are the PB&J French toast and the homemade cream chipped beef. Those with a sweet tooth should go for the former, which soaks thick bread in their special batter with nutmeg and cinnamon, then stuffs it with peanut butter and jelly. Cravers of all things savory might be better suited for the latter, however, which is served with toast and home fries. Located at 637 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Go to JonAndPattys.com.
Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café, Atlantic City
Specializing in soul food, Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café is the perfect spot for anyone suffering from heavy dehydration and a migraine. A crispy order of chicken and waffles or some satisfying shrimp and grits will help to cure any aliments inflicted by heavy alcohol consumption. Located at 201 Melrose Ave., Atlantic City. Go to KelseysAC.com.
Gilchrist Restaurant, Atlantic City
New Year’s Day is the perfect time to make a stop at the newly opened Chelsea Tower Gilchrist location. It would be easy to just opt for the hot cakes, for which Gilchrist is known for, but we recommend on this occasion ordering a Hungry Man Combo. For only $12.95, you’ll get three eggs, a choice of meat and home fries or grits, plus three hot cakes. Located at Chelsea Tower, Tropicana Atlantic City, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to GilchristRestaurant.com for other locations.
Casa Taco & Tequila Bar, Atlantic City
Casa Taco in Tropicana is a bit of an unconventional choice for breakfast. However, those in the know will tell you this Mexican restaurant offers a killer morning menu with fresh takes on traditional breakfast foods. We recommend the huevos divorciados, with two eggs, grilled corn flour tortillas, salsa verde and salsa roja. Another top choice is Casa’s unique twist of eggs benedict, made with Mexican chorizo, sliced avocado, salsa roja and hollandaise sauce on top of an English muffin. Located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to CasaTacoAC.com.
Sunroom, Atlantic City
The Sunroom at Borgata’s Water Club is a bit fancier than your average hangover spot, but the food is on point. Dishes like stuffed French toast with organic blueberries and hazelnut butter and lobster bacon omelets are on the menu. Particularly of note, however, are the eye-openers like the Water Club Classic with Absolut vodka, tomato and lemon and the Patron Pick Me Up with Patron café, coffee and cream. 1 Borgata Way (in the Water Club), Atlantic City. Go to TheBorgata.com.
Shea’s Café, Galloway
Shea’s is somewhat of a local legend because of its incredibly creative breakfast options. If you can stand waiting a bit for a seat at the ever-popular restaurant, you’ll be rewarded with piles of pancakes and French toast of varieties like caramel apple, strawberry cheesecake and so much more. Insider tip: its home fries are also worth an order and will balance out all that sweet with a little bit of savory. Located at 626 S. New York Road, Galloway. Find Shea’s on Facebook.