A big bowl of menudo reportedly cures a hangover
Your head throbs and every tiny sound resonates through your brain like a power drill. Your your mouth is dry, and you smell like day-old Subway sandwiches. The last thing you want to do after a big night out is go to breakfast the next morning.
But you're not a vampire and you have family and friend obligations -- so Fat City has limped around Kansas City to find you the finest grease offerings to help you get through what is going to be a rough day. Here are our Top 10 places to dine while hungover:
Ortega's Mini-Mart, 2646 Belleview. This combination mercado and cantina serves menudo every day; the spicy tripe soup reportedly makes the body sweat profusely, releasing toxins and eliminating hangover symptoms.
Dunkin' Donuts, 521 W. 23rd Street, Lawrence, Kansas. You don't have to even get out of the car to enjoy this one. A sugary-bready bagel encapsulates a dirty bacon, egg and cheese that, when paired with an iced coffee, will have you feeling almost human by the time you get back to Kansas City.
The Cook Shack Cafe, 8950 Wornall. The coffee is strong and the food is straightforward. Nothing complicated, just really good, oversized pancakes with a fat dollop of butter. They always have lunch specials, like homemade spaghetti and meatballs, which might be easier on the stomach.
Ruby's Dagwood Cafe, 1117 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas. Order one heated cinnamon roll with melted butter. Then get their namesake -- a fried egg and cheese on Texas Toast with two kinds of meat, sausage and bacon. Then light up a cigarette. Finally, pass out in your car.
Minsky's, 427 Main Street. Doughy crust on the calzones and the pizza makes this joint attractive; the cheeseburger pizza can be a dealmaker or dealbreaker. Plus, there are enough televisions to distract you from the mess that is your insides.
Record Bar, 1020 Westport Road. Start with the Bloody Mary. It's the right amount of spicy and you've got to get back on the horse some time. After that, you'll be ready to tackle a huge bowl of pasta or an overstuffed sandwich.
Thai Place, 5225 N.W. 64th Street, 4130 Pennsylvania and other locations. The spicy basil-fried rice -- ordered hot -- clears sinuses and liquor-soaked brain cells. Eat a big plate, take a long nap and you're back in business.
Vietnam Cafe, 522 Campbell. A bowl of bun bo hue, an extraordinary and revitalizing soup flavored with lemongrass and chilies, is a soothing cure. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, cilantro, a dash of hot chili sauce and maybe a side order of spring rolls.
Hayes Hamburger & Chili, 2502 N.E. Vivion Road. You start with a bowl of chili, then two double cheeseburgers, a side of tater tots, a stack of pancakes slathered with butter and maple syrup and a piece of coconut cream pie. You're cured!
LC's Bar-B-Q, 5800 Blue Parkway. The smell of wood smoke gets the blood flowing, a platter of ribs and the best fries does the rest.
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