It's almost worth the pounding headache just to ameliorate yourself with this food.
Juan in a Million is something of a local legend, helping revive east siders and their ilk from hateful hangovers, and also making a "Taco Challenge" appearance in Man Vs. Food (Travel Channel). Eat your cure in the form of Juan in a Million's chorizo and potato tacos: Straightforward, greasy goodness for a meager $2.25 each.
Magnolia Cafe may be Kerbey Lane's diner doppelganger, but there is one distinguishing menu item here that I'd like to bring to your attention: Cornmeal pancakes. Smeared with butter, they're like eating warm cornbread muffins in pancake form, and they're not too sticky sweet, either. Then again, if sweets are what you crave after a long night out, feel free to douse them with bananas, maple syrup, and even chocolate chips -- Magnolia won't judge you.
KERBEY QUESO! KERBEY QUESO! I can already hear you shouting. And you're right -- it's melty, cheesy ripples are sinfully good. But can we just talk about their gingerbread pancakes? Holy mother of Jesus. If pancakes are what you crave hungover, order those -- perfectly fluffy with just a touch of spice. And in the fall, you can order pumpkin pancakes!
If eggs are what you crave during your hangover, welcome to egg heaven: The Omelettry is a father/son operation that has existed on Burnet long before Rosedale was chic, and serves up reliably soft, non-spongy omeletes. I'm a salt lover so my favorite is the "Black Olive," filled with olives, lemon sour cream and cheese. Decadent, eh?
Austin's quintessential greasy spoon recently moved into new digs, and while a few menu items are still working out some kinks, this hangover breakfast has remained steadfast: "The California." A humongous, delicious plate of mushrooms, cheese, spinach, onions, black olives and avocado hash browns and eggs. Split this with your favorite drinking buddy.
Joe's is technically a "bakery and coffee shop," but what it really specializes in is shamelessly fattening Mexican food, the hangover cure par excellence for Texans. Try the classic Huevos Rancheros, whose eggs are mixed with a ranchero sauce that is just spicy and tomato-y enough.
In the great and never-ending debate of Tacodeli vs. Torchy's Tacos, I have to tell you, my heart and tastebuds lie with Tacodeli. Both are amazing when I'm feeling not-amazing, but Tacodeli's menu is bigger, and their vegetarian options are jaw-dropping: The Papadulce is guilt-free hangover option, stuffed with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, grilled corn, caramelized onions, and dripping with some kind of spicy red wonder sauce.
24 Diner specializes in upscale riffs on comfort food, and man oh man, could I get used to this kind of comfort. If the chicken and waffles aren't enough to make your bleary eyes pop open, the bacon gorgonzola cheeseburger is.