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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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Just like a cold, one needs to 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.

1. JINYA Ramen Bar

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5975 Roswell Rd b217
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 600-6974
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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.

2. Las Delicias De La Abuela

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5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 356-4451
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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.

3. Oriental Pearl

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5399 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-9866
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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.

4. Food Terminal

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5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 353-6110
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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.

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

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4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111
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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.

6. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 477-3202

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.

7. R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

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1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-0246
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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.

8. Highland Tap

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1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-3673
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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.

9. The hot bar at Whole Foods Market

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650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 853-1681
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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.

10. Java Jive

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790 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 876-6161
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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.

11. Eats

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600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 888-9149
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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.

12. Noni's

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357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-1808
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Some may see Noni’s as the cause of their morning hangover after a late night of drinking and dancing. But, don’t sleep on the food here the next day. Head in for generous pasta portions like grandma used to make or a deli-style, meat-stuffed sandwich with a side of garlic fries.

Recovery order: A bowl of tagliatelle with bolognese or farfalle with marinara and freshly-shaved parmesan. Order a side of garlic fries, too.

13. Home grown GA Restaurant

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 222-0455
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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.

14. The Midway Pub

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552 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 584-0335
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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. 

15. The Beautiful Restaurant

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2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 752-5931
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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.

1. JINYA Ramen Bar

5975 Roswell Rd b217, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

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.

5975 Roswell Rd b217
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

2. Las Delicias De La Abuela

5600 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

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.

5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

3. Oriental Pearl

5399 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

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.

5399 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

4. Food Terminal

5000 Buford Hwy NE, Chamblee, GA 30341

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.

5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

4186 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

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.

4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

6. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

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.

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

7. R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

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.

1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Highland Tap

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

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.

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. The hot bar at Whole Foods Market

650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Java Jive

790 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

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.

790 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. Eats

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

12. Noni's

357 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Some may see Noni’s as the cause of their morning hangover after a late night of drinking and dancing. But, don’t sleep on the food here the next day. Head in for generous pasta portions like grandma used to make or a deli-style, meat-stuffed sandwich with a side of garlic fries.

Recovery order: A bowl of tagliatelle with bolognese or farfalle with marinara and freshly-shaved parmesan. Order a side of garlic fries, too.

357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

13. Home grown GA Restaurant

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

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.

968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

14. The Midway Pub

552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

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. 

552 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. The Beautiful Restaurant

2260 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

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.

2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

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