Hang up that hangover: Get a greasy spoon fix the morning after

by Beacon Staff • November 15, 2006

Guzzling Glaceau Vitaminwater during and after the evening's festivities may not have proved to be successful.

You may have a horrible headache or feel dizzy and nauseated for the duration of the day after.,You've consumed hundreds of different products that supposedly "cure" your hangovers.

Guzzling Glaceau Vitaminwater during and after the evening's festivities may not have proved to be successful.

You may have a horrible headache or feel dizzy and nauseated for the duration of the day after.

But there is good news for those who can't seem to coax the coal miners from their brains. Help has arrived in its most delicious form: scrambled eggs and home fries.

James Schaefer, Ph.D. and professor at Union College in Schenectady, NY, was interviewed for an article on WebMD.com.

"Schaefer explains: Fatty foods, if eaten before drinking alcohol, 'grease' the lining of the intestines," the article said. "The alcohol then takes longer to be absorbed by the body."

To avoid hangovers, it is best to consume grilled-cheese sandwiches and french fries before drinking.

However, the next time you wake up on someone's living room floor enveloped in a fort made of chairs and blankets, here are some dirt-cheap restaurants that provide the grease to ease that queasy tummy.

Steve's Kitchen

120 Harvard Ave.

Allston

You took a cab home with some friends last night and-surprise-you were the only one carrying a wallet.

At Steve's Kitchen, this is not a problem. Five dollars will buy a cup of coffee, a breakfast sandwich and home fries with enough left over to tip the server.

Steve's serves breakfast all day, every day. You can get a huge, fluffy omelet for $4.25 to $4.95 and the usual French toast and pancake dishes are served at prices that are just as low.

The only thing that's better than the price is the food itself. The scrambled eggs aren't runny or rubbery and the home fries are deliciously seasoned and cooked to perfection.

Steve's also dishes up some fantastic sandwiches and dinner specials.

You'll fit right into the crowd at Steve's. It receives most of its morning patronage from college students who need a pick-me-up.

In addition to catering to your sensitive eyes, stomach and head, the servers at Steve's are all very friendly, referring to you as "honey" on occasion.

In spite of how little you recall from the evening before, you'll leave Steve's feeling refreshed and relieved.

Brookline Lunch

9 Brookline St.

Cambridge

Brookline Lunch is located right across the street from popular clubs The Middle East and T.T. the Bear's Place.

It is the combination of great food and low, low prices that makes Brookline Lunch a real gem in the rough.

When the most expensive thing on the menu is eggs benedict at $3.95, you know you're in a good place.

Enjoy an omelet while keeping your pockets fat-the fluffy egg concoctions are from $2.95 to $3.50.

A vegetable omelet with home fries, the restaurant's trademark side-dish of dill-flavored vegetables, a coffee and the courteous server's tip should total about $6.

The restaurant is small, so you won't have to shout to tell your friends about the crazy stunts they pulled the night before.

One server takes care of all the restaurant's patrons but still manages to get food in your mouth in a timely manner.

Brookline Lunch also serves French toast, pancakes and waffles ($2.50 to $2.75) for those who depend on carbohydrates to keep their bellies from churning.

One word of warning: The restaurant can get a little crowded on weekends, and waits can be long.

The Pour House Bar and Grill

907 Boylston St.

Boston

The Pour House is a little closer to students that crash at the LB or Piano Row after their Friday night romps.

If you go on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you will have to wait for quite a bit before you get a table.

But the experience is definitely worth the wait.

If you're 21 and like to start your morning with a little kick, The Pour House serves mimosas and a special drink called a "Pourmosa"-champagne and cranberry juice.

The Pour House uses low lighting even when serving weekend brunch, giving you reason to wonder if you even left the bar last night.

High-definition televisions are everywhere, typically set to local sports channels.

The brunch menu, served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, is huge. It might take you ten minutes just to decide whether you want breakfast or lunch.

For breakfast, try the Greek omelet ($5.95). It's full of feta cheese and spinach, and home fries and toast on the side complete the meal.

Some more adventurous dishes are the pumpkin pie pancakes ($5.95) and the bacon, egg and cheese quesadilla ($4.95). You can also order a single pancake on the appetizer menu for $2. Choose from blueberry, banana, chocolate chip or pumpkin flavored flapjacks.

You can also get the other essential breakfast staples: French toast and waffles. Get one plain waffle for $4.45, or a strawberry waffle for $5.95. Three pancakes cost $4.45. Combine them with eggs or meat for a great eye-opener.

If you're not a breakfast person, try "The Day After." This turkey sandwich piled with cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayonnaise will put anyone in the spirit to celebrate the fast approaching holidays. It's the perfect prelude to Thanksgiving at only $5.95, and it comes with fries, too.

Don't settle for Burger King or Wendy's when hunger and headaches strike. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of good old home cooking and you will surely find your way to curing the hangover blues.