November 13, 2015

30 Orlando restaurants your hangover desperately needs right now

Everyone is different when it comes to curing a hangover. Some people need greasy piles of bacon, others need sugary stacks of waffles and pancakes. And, really, it just comes down to whatever you can keep down. Whether you love a traditional brunch, something boozy, or something with an international bent, here are some of our favorite Orlando restaurants to hit up when you're suffering from a level 10 hangover.

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Se7enbites Bake Shop207 Primrose Drive407-203-0727You really can't go wrong at Se7en Bites (unless you ask for "something light"); chef-owner Trina Gregory-Propst and her team serve savory and sweet with equal attention to detail. How about the 7th Trimester: a buttermilk garlic biscuit stuffed with an over-medium egg and chewy-crisp bacon, tumbled with a load of five-cheese mac and cheese, then topped with a potato chip-bacon crumble?Photo by Jessica Bryce Young
Se7enbites Bake Shop
207 Primrose Drive
407-203-0727

You really can't go wrong at Se7en Bites (unless you ask for "something light"); chef-owner Trina Gregory-Propst and her team serve savory and sweet with equal attention to detail. How about the 7th Trimester: a buttermilk garlic biscuit stuffed with an over-medium egg and chewy-crisp bacon, tumbled with a load of five-cheese mac and cheese, then topped with a potato chip-bacon crumble?

Photo by Jessica Bryce Young
Txokos Basque Kitchen3201 Corrine Drive321-972-8852Back in May, Txokos' was named by Thrillest as one of the "12 Best Brunches in Florida Outside Miami." Our food writer Holly V. Kapherr summed up why, "Chef Henry Salgado's Iberian hot spot at East End Market, was also noted for cheap booze ($2 mimosas and $3 Bloody Marys), as well as their signature Baked Spanish Toast, a donut bread pudding studded with Bordeaux cherries and topped with glazed pork belly and a poached egg.Photo via Yelp
Txokos Basque Kitchen
3201 Corrine Drive
321-972-8852

Back in May, Txokos' was named by Thrillest as one of the "12 Best Brunches in Florida Outside Miami." Our food writer Holly V. Kapherr summed up why, "Chef Henry Salgado's Iberian hot spot at East End Market, was also noted for cheap booze ($2 mimosas and $3 Bloody Marys), as well as their signature Baked Spanish Toast, a donut bread pudding studded with Bordeaux cherries and topped with glazed pork belly and a poached egg.

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5 and Diner13001 Founders Square Drive407-757-0978A '50s-style diner with 12 signature burgers and breakfast service.Photo via Yelp.
5 and Diner
13001 Founders Square Drive
407-757-0978

A '50s-style diner with 12 signature burgers and breakfast service.

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Artisan's Table 22 E. Pine St.407-730-7499Another consideration: sweet and spicy fried drumsticks ($8) peppered with togorashi, then artistically positioned in a bowl with Japanese sticky rice and Szechuan-pickled mango. Vegetarians will appreciate the Korean vegetable pancakes ($7). Flavor-wise, they’re somewhat one-dimensional, but the hotcakes come alive when dipped in sweet sesame-soy sauce and forked up with a little kimchi salad. After that, the long wait for the arrival of our mains didn’t bother us too much – it just allowed us to savor a round of stiff cocktails including the bar’s apricot Sidecar ($8) and Black Beauty ($10), a pisco sour variant.Photo via Yelp
Artisan's Table
22 E. Pine St.
407-730-7499

Another consideration: sweet and spicy fried drumsticks ($8) peppered with togorashi, then artistically positioned in a bowl with Japanese sticky rice and Szechuan-pickled mango. Vegetarians will appreciate the Korean vegetable pancakes ($7). Flavor-wise, they’re somewhat one-dimensional, but the hotcakes come alive when dipped in sweet sesame-soy sauce and forked up with a little kimchi salad. After that, the long wait for the arrival of our mains didn’t bother us too much – it just allowed us to savor a round of stiff cocktails including the bar’s apricot Sidecar ($8) and Black Beauty ($10), a pisco sour variant.

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Shakers American Cafe1308 Edgewater Drive321-234-5004A variety of three-egg omelets are offered, such as the "chef's omelet" ($5.25), filled with mushrooms, ham, bacon, tomato, potato and cheddar cheese. Add a small stack of blueberry pancakes ($2.75) or biscuits and gravy ($2.15), or choose from side items that range from kielbasa ($2.10) to grits (45 cents). Lunch can be ordered all day, and the options are impressive. There's a full menu of "gourmet" salads, sandwiches, soups and quiches, along with daily specials that can be as fancy as fresh grilled fish (grouper $7.95, salmon $7.50).Photo via Yelp
Shakers American Cafe
1308 Edgewater Drive
321-234-5004

A variety of three-egg omelets are offered, such as the "chef's omelet" ($5.25), filled with mushrooms, ham, bacon, tomato, potato and cheddar cheese. Add a small stack of blueberry pancakes ($2.75) or biscuits and gravy ($2.15), or choose from side items that range from kielbasa ($2.10) to grits (45 cents). Lunch can be ordered all day, and the options are impressive. There's a full menu of "gourmet" salads, sandwiches, soups and quiches, along with daily specials that can be as fancy as fresh grilled fish (grouper $7.95, salmon $7.50).

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Dexter's of Thornton Park808 E. Washington St.407-648-2777Their Tuesday $1 Burger Night is great and all, but brunch is also on par at this Thornton Park hangout. Their blackened shrimp and jack cheese grits are some of the best in town, and don't wuss out on their Ultimate Bloody Mary, which comes with pepper-infused vodka, a bacon truffle salt-rimmed glass, blue cheese olives and all the traditional fixins.Photo via Yelp
Dexter's of Thornton Park
808 E. Washington St.
407-648-2777

Their Tuesday $1 Burger Night is great and all, but brunch is also on par at this Thornton Park hangout. Their blackened shrimp and jack cheese grits are some of the best in town, and don't wuss out on their Ultimate Bloody Mary, which comes with pepper-infused vodka, a bacon truffle salt-rimmed glass, blue cheese olives and all the traditional fixins.

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Chef Eddie's595 W. Church St.407-826-1731Judged on food alone, however, Eddie James could very well be serving the finest comfort food in town. We made quick work of the complimentary plate of jalapeño crackling muffins (served with pineapple honey butter), after which, downing tart fried green tomatoes ($5.95) drizzled with gravy and served atop smoky, cheesy grits hardly posed a challenge. The quarter-chicken and pecan waffles ($6.95) disappeared just as quickly, but the superlatives really started flying when the mains arrived.Photo via Yelp
Chef Eddie's
595 W. Church St.
407-826-1731

Judged on food alone, however, Eddie James could very well be serving the finest comfort food in town. We made quick work of the complimentary plate of jalapeño crackling muffins (served with pineapple honey butter), after which, downing tart fried green tomatoes ($5.95) drizzled with gravy and served atop smoky, cheesy grits hardly posed a challenge. The quarter-chicken and pecan waffles ($6.95) disappeared just as quickly, but the superlatives really started flying when the mains arrived.

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Christo's Cafe1815 Edgwater Drive407-425-8136 Trimmings and decorations are kept simple, and a similar no-frills position is taken in the kitchen, from where equally simple treasures emerge. The hot open-face turkey sandwich ($8.70), for example, was adorned with a turbid slather of salted gravy and a side of thick mashed potatoes. A starter of blazing jalapeno poppers ($4.50) prepped my palate for the fowl-and-gravy onslaught. The breaded outer layer had the right amount of crisp and the cheese filling the right amount of ooze, but especially good was the kick of the homemade salsa dip.Photo via Yelp
Christo's Cafe
1815 Edgwater Drive
407-425-8136

Trimmings and decorations are kept simple, and a similar no-frills position is taken in the kitchen, from where equally simple treasures emerge. The hot open-face turkey sandwich ($8.70), for example, was adorned with a turbid slather of salted gravy and a side of thick mashed potatoes. A starter of blazing jalapeno poppers ($4.50) prepped my palate for the fowl-and-gravy onslaught. The breaded outer layer had the right amount of crisp and the cheese filling the right amount of ooze, but especially good was the kick of the homemade salsa dip.

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Daybreak Diner3335 Curry Ford Road407-898-8338Nothing is less appetizing than a bad plate of sausage gravy poured over a sad, dry biscuit. And it seems like a dish that’d be tough to really mess up, but I’ve had far too many plates of bland, pale sauce flecked with sparse clumps of overcooked sausage that nobody thought to drain the grease from before adding to the gravy. What a pleasant surprise to find that this unassuming neighborhood diner on Curry Ford Road knows how to do sausage gravy and biscuits. The gravy is creamy, not gelatinous at all, even after it’s sat around for a bit. It doesn’t just let the fact that it’s a cream-based dish do all the work – instead, it’s lightly spiced and almost infused with sausagey goodness.Photo via Yelp
Daybreak Diner
3335 Curry Ford Road
407-898-8338

Nothing is less appetizing than a bad plate of sausage gravy poured over a sad, dry biscuit. And it seems like a dish that’d be tough to really mess up, but I’ve had far too many plates of bland, pale sauce flecked with sparse clumps of overcooked sausage that nobody thought to drain the grease from before adding to the gravy. What a pleasant surprise to find that this unassuming neighborhood diner on Curry Ford Road knows how to do sausage gravy and biscuits. The gravy is creamy, not gelatinous at all, even after it’s sat around for a bit. It doesn’t just let the fact that it’s a cream-based dish do all the work – instead, it’s lightly spiced and almost infused with sausagey goodness.

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Briarpatch252 N. Park Ave.407-628-8651Briar Patch sports the patina of a well-worn gathering place. Despite the occasional menu misses and service that inevitably slows down during peak periods, it remains a favorite dining spot for one really good reason: You can relax over breakfast, lunch or dinner, rather than think about it.Photo via Yelp
Briarpatch
252 N. Park Ave.
407-628-8651

Briar Patch sports the patina of a well-worn gathering place. Despite the occasional menu misses and service that inevitably slows down during peak periods, it remains a favorite dining spot for one really good reason: You can relax over breakfast, lunch or dinner, rather than think about it.

Photo via Yelp