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The half-pound classic at Little’s Food Store. [Photo: Eater Atlanta]
The half-pound classic at Little’s Food Store.
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Recover From an Overindulgent Evening at These Restaurants Around Atlanta

From tables full of dim sum to ATL’s iconic comfy chicken biscuit

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The half-pound classic at Little’s Food Store.
| Eater Atlanta

Just like a cold, one must feed a hangover. Recovery begins with a combination of water, salt, carbs, and a little heat to help kick the haze and general malaise to the curb following an evening of overindulgence. Here, Eater breaks down a few of dishes around Atlanta to help cure a hangover or even recover from a hard workout, long run, or bike ride — Waffle House is always a given. And, please drink responsibly.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

JINYA Ramen Bar

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Ramen has become a high-profile dish in Atlanta, and there’s plenty of options for slurping around town. The Los Angeles-based chain Jinya Ramen Bar has two Atlanta locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead.

Recovery order: Spicy pork broth tonkotsu with pork chashu, spicy bean sprouts, kikurage mushrooms, green onions, and a spicy sauce.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

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Las Delicias De La Abuela offers an extensive menu of hearty Colombian fare throughout the day, including breakfast dishes such as corn cake arepas with queso and eggs and traditional calentado with rice, beans, and sweet plantains.

Recovery order: Changua — a hearty Colombian egg and milk breakfast soup served with bread for dunking.

Oriental Pearl

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Grab friends and head out to Oriental Pearl at Atlanta Chinatown for an all-you-can-eat, carbo-loaded family meal.

Recovery order: It’s dim sum. Just grab one of everything off of the carts as they pass by the table, and sip plenty of bottomless hot tea.

Food Terminal

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Food Terminal on Buford Highway leaves no stone unturned in terms of the food offered on its 12-page menu — everyone gets what they want. Order everything from chicken curry to spicy wontons here.

Recovery order: Cheese n Cheese with tomato braised fried rice topped with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, bacon, spam, corn, and onions or Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork served over noodles and topped with a fried egg. There’s now a second location on Marietta Street near downtown Atlanta.

Pho Dai Loi 2

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Like ramen, there are plenty of places around Atlanta to slurp pho. But, Pho Dai Loi 2 on Buford Highway is likely the best for steaming bowls of noodle-laden, protein-packed soup. Pho simply is a magical cure-all meal, consisting of salt, water, carbs, protein, and heat.

Recovery order: Whatever pho the heart desires and plenty of hot jasmine tea — and maybe a side of crispy spring rolls.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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This Mexican market along Cheshire Bridge Road includes a small, counter-service taqueria serving tacos, tortas, and burritos.

Recovery order: Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, made from beef tripe and hominy in a slow-cooked broth seasoned with red chile peppers. And, here are a few other places to find menudo on the weekends around Atlanta.

Mama's Restaurant

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The best part about Mama’s Cocina Latina — it’s open 24/7. Located on Piedmont Road in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood, Mama’s serves a mix of comfort foods and familiar Mexican dishes like tortas, tacos, burritos, and tostadas. Grab hot wings, fajitas for one, two, or three people, or a grande dinner platter with two enchiladas, a taco, rice, and beans for under $10.

Recovery order: Mama’s breakfast platter with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon for under $8 or the bacon and egg breakfast burrito.

Nino's Italian Restaurant

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Nino’s has been doling out old school red sauce pasta dishes in Atlanta for over 50 years. Keep it simple with the spaghetti and meatballs or order the fettucine with shrimp and scallops tossed in Pernod and saffron cream sauce. There’s also the classic veal parmesan.

Recovery order: Can’t go wrong with an indulgent plate of baked lasagna layered with bolognese sauce and cheese.

R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

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After more than 30 years, R Thomas’ on Peachtree Street continues to serve a menu of healthier breakfast and brunch fare that includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, too. The restaurant is open 24/7.

Recovery order: The breakfast stew with red potato corn chowder, quinoa, veggies, dulse, and nori.

Highland Tap

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After 30 years, Highland Tap — aka “steak basement” — in Virginia-Highland is where to head for burgers, a ribeye, or a plate of meatloaf served with a side of fries or a baked potato and chased with a bloody mary at brunch or martinis at dinner. Pro tip: weekend brunch is low-key and carb-loaded.

Recovery order: Pretzels and beer cheese and a center cut filet with a baked potato. For brunch, the sausage and gravy or prime rib hash and eggs.

The hot bar at Whole Foods Market

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Don’t knock the hot bar at the Whole Foods on Ponce. Load up on fried tofu, rice, greens, mac and cheese, quinoa, and even fried or roast chicken. Selections vary daily.

Recovery order: DIY that to-go plate — heavy on the carbs.

Java Jive

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With its retro-chic diner decor and cheap breakfast fare, this cash-only joint has been waking Poncey-Highland up and serving Atlanta’s “best biscuit” for nearly 25 years.

Recovery order: Sante Fe Scramble with spicy chorizo sausage, red peppers, onions, potatoes, cheddar, and salsa. It comes with a choice of biscuit or toast. Get the biscuit.

Just west of Java Jive on Ponce, Eats serves hearty yet super-affordable meals. The most expensive option on the menu is a $9 meat-and-three combo. Jerk chicken is the mainstay, but there’s something for everyone here, including vegetarian options.

Recovery order: Meat and three plate with jerk chicken, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, and broccoli casserole.

Poor Hendrix

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Poor Hendrix in East Lake is a neighborhood spot devoted to offering delicious comfort food served alongside great drinks.

Recovery order: A classic grilled cheese with tomato jam served with fries or a salad. If wings are on the menu, order them.

Little's Food Store

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A throwback to the lunch counters of yore, Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown keeps the menu simple and classic. There are biscuits and breakfast in the morning and crowd-pleasers like a Chicago hot dog basket with fries and a Coke or Topo Chico at lunch. But people often come here for the burger.

Recovery order: A double-stack cheeseburger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and American cheese and a side of fries.  

Home grown GA Restaurant

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Home Grown is a breakfast institution for many Atlanta residents and the city’s chefs. And, it’s home to one of Atlanta’s must-try dishes — the comfy biscuit topped with fried chicken that’s smothered in sausage gravy. There’s almost always a wait on the weekends, but it’s definitely worth it.

Recovery order: The comfy chicken biscuit. Period.

The Midway Pub

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Sports bar fare typically leaves much to be desired, but Midway Pub in East Atlanta Village actually does a solid job. The menu serves everything from burgers with fries or tater tots to a homey Brunswick stew. Come here for the large, low-key patio, soccer on the telly, and brunch on the weekends.

Recovery brunch order: The Dirty Bird with fried chicken, scrambled eggs, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on white bread. Also, the pimento cheese fritters with jalapeño bacon jam. 

The Beautiful Restaurant

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The Beautiful Restaurant on Cascade Road delivers exactly what they promise: crispy fried chicken against a metal backdrop and vibrantly colored vegetables. Here, the portions are huge and all the recipes are classic. Opens at 7 a.m.

Recovery order: This is DIY dining. There is no wrong move. But, try the baked or fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, collards, sweet potato souffle, and banana pudding for dessert.

JINYA Ramen Bar

Ramen has become a high-profile dish in Atlanta, and there’s plenty of options for slurping around town. The Los Angeles-based chain Jinya Ramen Bar has two Atlanta locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead.

Recovery order: Spicy pork broth tonkotsu with pork chashu, spicy bean sprouts, kikurage mushrooms, green onions, and a spicy sauce.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

Las Delicias De La Abuela offers an extensive menu of hearty Colombian fare throughout the day, including breakfast dishes such as corn cake arepas with queso and eggs and traditional calentado with rice, beans, and sweet plantains.

Recovery order: Changua — a hearty Colombian egg and milk breakfast soup served with bread for dunking.

Oriental Pearl

Grab friends and head out to Oriental Pearl at Atlanta Chinatown for an all-you-can-eat, carbo-loaded family meal.

Recovery order: It’s dim sum. Just grab one of everything off of the carts as they pass by the table, and sip plenty of bottomless hot tea.

Food Terminal

Food Terminal on Buford Highway leaves no stone unturned in terms of the food offered on its 12-page menu — everyone gets what they want. Order everything from chicken curry to spicy wontons here.

Recovery order: Cheese n Cheese with tomato braised fried rice topped with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, bacon, spam, corn, and onions or Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork served over noodles and topped with a fried egg. There’s now a second location on Marietta Street near downtown Atlanta.

Pho Dai Loi 2

Like ramen, there are plenty of places around Atlanta to slurp pho. But, Pho Dai Loi 2 on Buford Highway is likely the best for steaming bowls of noodle-laden, protein-packed soup. Pho simply is a magical cure-all meal, consisting of salt, water, carbs, protein, and heat.

Recovery order: Whatever pho the heart desires and plenty of hot jasmine tea — and maybe a side of crispy spring rolls.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

This Mexican market along Cheshire Bridge Road includes a small, counter-service taqueria serving tacos, tortas, and burritos.

Recovery order: Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, made from beef tripe and hominy in a slow-cooked broth seasoned with red chile peppers. And, here are a few other places to find menudo on the weekends around Atlanta.

Mama's Restaurant

The best part about Mama’s Cocina Latina — it’s open 24/7. Located on Piedmont Road in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood, Mama’s serves a mix of comfort foods and familiar Mexican dishes like tortas, tacos, burritos, and tostadas. Grab hot wings, fajitas for one, two, or three people, or a grande dinner platter with two enchiladas, a taco, rice, and beans for under $10.

Recovery order: Mama’s breakfast platter with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon for under $8 or the bacon and egg breakfast burrito.

Nino's Italian Restaurant

Nino’s has been doling out old school red sauce pasta dishes in Atlanta for over 50 years. Keep it simple with the spaghetti and meatballs or order the fettucine with shrimp and scallops tossed in Pernod and saffron cream sauce. There’s also the classic veal parmesan.

Recovery order: Can’t go wrong with an indulgent plate of baked lasagna layered with bolognese sauce and cheese.

R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

After more than 30 years, R Thomas’ on Peachtree Street continues to serve a menu of healthier breakfast and brunch fare that includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, too. The restaurant is open 24/7.

Recovery order: The breakfast stew with red potato corn chowder, quinoa, veggies, dulse, and nori.

Highland Tap

After 30 years, Highland Tap — aka “steak basement” — in Virginia-Highland is where to head for burgers, a ribeye, or a plate of meatloaf served with a side of fries or a baked potato and chased with a bloody mary at brunch or martinis at dinner. Pro tip: weekend brunch is low-key and carb-loaded.

Recovery order: Pretzels and beer cheese and a center cut filet with a baked potato. For brunch, the sausage and gravy or prime rib hash and eggs.

The hot bar at Whole Foods Market

Don’t knock the hot bar at the Whole Foods on Ponce. Load up on fried tofu, rice, greens, mac and cheese, quinoa, and even fried or roast chicken. Selections vary daily.

Recovery order: DIY that to-go plate — heavy on the carbs.

Java Jive

With its retro-chic diner decor and cheap breakfast fare, this cash-only joint has been waking Poncey-Highland up and serving Atlanta’s “best biscuit” for nearly 25 years.

Recovery order: Sante Fe Scramble with spicy chorizo sausage, red peppers, onions, potatoes, cheddar, and salsa. It comes with a choice of biscuit or toast. Get the biscuit.

Eats

Just west of Java Jive on Ponce, Eats serves hearty yet super-affordable meals. The most expensive option on the menu is a $9 meat-and-three combo. Jerk chicken is the mainstay, but there’s something for everyone here, including vegetarian options.

Recovery order: Meat and three plate with jerk chicken, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, and broccoli casserole.

Poor Hendrix

Poor Hendrix in East Lake is a neighborhood spot devoted to offering delicious comfort food served alongside great drinks.

Recovery order: A classic grilled cheese with tomato jam served with fries or a salad. If wings are on the menu, order them.

Little's Food Store

A throwback to the lunch counters of yore, Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown keeps the menu simple and classic. There are biscuits and breakfast in the morning and crowd-pleasers like a Chicago hot dog basket with fries and a Coke or Topo Chico at lunch. But people often come here for the burger.

Recovery order: A double-stack cheeseburger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and American cheese and a side of fries.  

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Home grown GA Restaurant

Home Grown is a breakfast institution for many Atlanta residents and the city’s chefs. And, it’s home to one of Atlanta’s must-try dishes — the comfy biscuit topped with fried chicken that’s smothered in sausage gravy. There’s almost always a wait on the weekends, but it’s definitely worth it.

Recovery order: The comfy chicken biscuit. Period.

The Midway Pub

Sports bar fare typically leaves much to be desired, but Midway Pub in East Atlanta Village actually does a solid job. The menu serves everything from burgers with fries or tater tots to a homey Brunswick stew. Come here for the large, low-key patio, soccer on the telly, and brunch on the weekends.

Recovery brunch order: The Dirty Bird with fried chicken, scrambled eggs, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on white bread. Also, the pimento cheese fritters with jalapeño bacon jam. 

The Beautiful Restaurant

The Beautiful Restaurant on Cascade Road delivers exactly what they promise: crispy fried chicken against a metal backdrop and vibrantly colored vegetables. Here, the portions are huge and all the recipes are classic. Opens at 7 a.m.

Recovery order: This is DIY dining. There is no wrong move. But, try the baked or fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, collards, sweet potato souffle, and banana pudding for dessert.

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