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Hat Yai's Thai fried chicken, roti, and curry
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Portland's Most Potent Hangover Cures

Some say the hair of the dog, others say the whole dog

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Hat Yai's Thai fried chicken, roti, and curry
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The best way to defeat a hangover is to not drink too much the night before. It’s a hard truth to swallow (certainly harder than a couple of gin and tonics and maybe a whiskey nightcap), but it’s the unfortunate reality. However, it’s also a completely unhelpful tip for those wrestling with a hangover after a raucous night out (or in, no one is judging). Well, help is on the way—below, we’ve collected some of Portland’s best from a seemingly inexhaustible supply of hangover cures.

These morning-after meals span a variety of cuisines, with dishes inspired by Italy, Korea, Vietnam, Mexico, Hawaii, and more — proving that, just like there are more than a hundred ways to say cheers, there's also more than a hundred ways to knock out a hangover. These recommendations are spread across the city's neighborhoods to avoid piling another headche on to any existing ones.

(Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fried Polenta Sandwich at P's & Q's Market

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1301 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 894-8979
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The cheerful and rustic P’s & Q’s Market might be a little too charming for those suffering from an embarrassing hangover, but it’s worth mustering the will to order one of the fried polenta sandwiches from the friendly staff. Golden-fried polenta rests atop a fluffy potato bun, with roast hatch chilies, pickled red onion, arugula, and mayonnaise. It’s vegetarian and provides just the right amount of crispy fried goodness without going overboard and leading to regret. It’s no wonder it was Guy Fieri’s choice when he visited.  

2. Curry and Roti Set with Chicken at Hat Yai

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1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9701
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Southern Thai shop Hat Yai’s curry and roti set provides an assortment of crucial hangover treatments: Crispy-fried, flaky roti for the weak stomach, juicy shallot-fried chicken for the protein, and a rich and dunk-able curry for a restorative touch of spice. Hat Yai has delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining options at both locations, plus indoor dining at its Belmont location.

Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Combo #1 at Hat Yai
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3. Ackee & Saltfish at Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine

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3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 432-8066
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Hungover patrons at Yaad Style, look no further than Jamaica’s national dish: ackee and saltfish. Here, lightly salted cod dots a map filled in mostly by ackee, a yellow savory tree fruit found in Jamaica but indigenous to West Africa. Fried peppers and onions play a major supporting role. This big, salty breakfast helps diners load up on carbs and replenish electrolytes.

ackee, onions, peppers are seen on a plate next to fried plantain
Ackee & Saltfish @ Yaad Style
Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine PDX

4. Bernstein's Bagels

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816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 883-1222
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When the hangover is bad enough, sometimes spice and grease ends up being more trouble than it’s worth. A perfectly chewy, still-warm bagel can do the trick for those seeking something simple to sop up the booze, and this brick-walled bagel shop is sure to deliver. However, those who do want something a little heartier can find those delicious bagels as breakfast sandwiches or spread with schmear.

A hand holds a bagel stuffed with prosciutto, arugula, and schmear
A bagel sandwich at Bernstein’s
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5. Reggie Deluxe at Pine State Biscuits

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125 NE Schuyler St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 477-6605
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This sloppy breakfast sandwich, with crunchy fried chicken dripping with gravy and blanketed with a fried egg, will either horrify you or bring you back to life on a bad hangover day. If gravy loaded fried chicken sandwiches are too rich, a plain biscuit works wonders. Those working off a hangover from Friday or Saturday night might find the lines too challenging to contend with, though.

A fried chicken biscuit sandwich is seen on a plate surrounded by off-white sausage gravy
Reggie Deluxe @ Pine State Biscuits
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6. Moberi

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1755 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 890-9333
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The reported restorative properties of fat, salt, spice, and carbs might be exaggerated, and for some people it will only make things worse. The other option is the opposite direction—vitamins and hydration via fresh smoothies. Moberi has locations across town, and alongside its fruit bowls (also a viable hangover cure) it offers refreshing, juicy smoothies that pack in everything the body needs to start healing from a night of booze.

7. Portuguese Fried Rice at Cheryl's on 12th

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1135 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 595-2252
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A classic style diner in the center of Downtown, Cheryl’s has been slinging breakfast items for years now. Its most iconic hangover cure is the Portuguese fried rice—a heaping platter of bacon-and-egg fried rice topped with spicy linguica sausage and avocado is the right balance of fatty, spicy, and carb-laden without going over the top.

8. #8 House Curry Noodle at Khao Moo Dang

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3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-6838
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This Thai rice, noodle, and pork joint serves up so many warming bowls that it’s honestly tough to choose. The #8 house curry, however, might be just what the doctor ordered after a night of one-too-many. Pork belly and loin sit beside a soft-boiled egg and yu choy greens atop a warm bowl of khao soi and silky-soft noodles.

9. Bibim Box at Kim Jong Grillin

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4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 929-0522
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Right on the menu it says “Portland’s favorite hangover cure,” and it’s hard to argue with that statement, bold as it is is. The bibim boxes have everything needed to settle the stomach and calm the head pounding: rice, japchae, bonchan, and a fried egg along with a choice of meats, tofu, or vegetables. Those who really need some spicy and fermented food can order extra kimchi.

10. Congee at Master Kong

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8435 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266
(971) 373-8248

Congee is one of the world’s greatest hangover dishes, something that even the most upset stomach can handle after a night of over-imbibing. Master Kong offers a variety of rice porridges, but it’s the preserved egg congee that’s best suited to assuage the ill effects of a night out. This dish is warm and mild, salty and delicious. When nothing else works, congee can.

11. Birria en Caldo at Birrieria PDX

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16544 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97236
(971) 336-6804

Sure, this red food truck serves all the Tijuana-style quesabirria staples, tortillas gooey or crispy with cheese for dunking in consome. But sometimes you have to go with a classic: just a simple bowl of braised beef soup, fragrant with cilantro and onions, grounded with guajillo and ancho chiles. The hypebeast version of this dish comes with instant ramen noodles, for those who want to level up.

12. Vietnamese soups at Rose VL Deli

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6424 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-4344

These locally famous soups tend to sell out by noon, so a hangover is an ideal excuse for crawling out of bed for another dose of these incredibly poised broths. A few are served daily, and all are worth sampling, especially the restaurant’s mi quang and the hard-to-find-elsewhere cao lau.

A table set up with a full cao lau set
Cao lau at Rose VL Deli
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13. Panzerotti at Bari Portland Food Cart

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Imagine a calzone that's deep fried, so it comes out piping hot, filled with gooey melted mozzarella and nourishing tomato sauce. This Foster-Powell food cart also offers panzerotti with more inventive fillings, like asparagus and prosciutto. Ordering the small size is not recommended.

14. Menudo at Tambayan Restaurant

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6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-4217
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Menudo is a soup well-known for being a hangover killer from Mexico to the Philippines. This tomatoey, rich Filipino version is made with pork, instead of beef tripe like its Mexican counterpart. The tomato and pork are supported with hearty chunks of bell pepper and potato. Open for delivery and takeout Wednesday through Sunday.

15. Cafe Breakfast at Bertie Lou's Cafe

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8051 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 239-1177
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Residents of the Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods have been swearing by the restorative qualities of this funky, old-school diner for decades now. There are plenty of options, but the one most capable of driving away the pains of a hangover is the simple but effective cafe breakfast. It’s nothing fancy —crispy fried potatoes topped with eggs, served with toast— but it is quintessential hangover food, especially when doused with a liberal application of hot sauce.

1. Fried Polenta Sandwich at P's & Q's Market

1301 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

The cheerful and rustic P’s & Q’s Market might be a little too charming for those suffering from an embarrassing hangover, but it’s worth mustering the will to order one of the fried polenta sandwiches from the friendly staff. Golden-fried polenta rests atop a fluffy potato bun, with roast hatch chilies, pickled red onion, arugula, and mayonnaise. It’s vegetarian and provides just the right amount of crispy fried goodness without going overboard and leading to regret. It’s no wonder it was Guy Fieri’s choice when he visited.  

1301 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Curry and Roti Set with Chicken at Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Combo #1 at Hat Yai
Christine Dong/Official

Southern Thai shop Hat Yai’s curry and roti set provides an assortment of crucial hangover treatments: Crispy-fried, flaky roti for the weak stomach, juicy shallot-fried chicken for the protein, and a rich and dunk-able curry for a restorative touch of spice. Hat Yai has delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining options at both locations, plus indoor dining at its Belmont location.

1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Ackee & Saltfish at Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine

3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A, Portland, OR 97212
ackee, onions, peppers are seen on a plate next to fried plantain
Ackee & Saltfish @ Yaad Style
Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine PDX

Hungover patrons at Yaad Style, look no further than Jamaica’s national dish: ackee and saltfish. Here, lightly salted cod dots a map filled in mostly by ackee, a yellow savory tree fruit found in Jamaica but indigenous to West Africa. Fried peppers and onions play a major supporting role. This big, salty breakfast helps diners load up on carbs and replenish electrolytes.

3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A
Portland, OR 97212

4. Bernstein's Bagels

816 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
A hand holds a bagel stuffed with prosciutto, arugula, and schmear
A bagel sandwich at Bernstein’s
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

When the hangover is bad enough, sometimes spice and grease ends up being more trouble than it’s worth. A perfectly chewy, still-warm bagel can do the trick for those seeking something simple to sop up the booze, and this brick-walled bagel shop is sure to deliver. However, those who do want something a little heartier can find those delicious bagels as breakfast sandwiches or spread with schmear.

816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227

5. Reggie Deluxe at Pine State Biscuits

125 NE Schuyler St, Portland, OR 97212
A fried chicken biscuit sandwich is seen on a plate surrounded by off-white sausage gravy
Reggie Deluxe @ Pine State Biscuits
Ron Scott/EPDX

This sloppy breakfast sandwich, with crunchy fried chicken dripping with gravy and blanketed with a fried egg, will either horrify you or bring you back to life on a bad hangover day. If gravy loaded fried chicken sandwiches are too rich, a plain biscuit works wonders. Those working off a hangover from Friday or Saturday night might find the lines too challenging to contend with, though.

125 NE Schuyler St
Portland, OR 97212

6. Moberi

1755 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

The reported restorative properties of fat, salt, spice, and carbs might be exaggerated, and for some people it will only make things worse. The other option is the opposite direction—vitamins and hydration via fresh smoothies. Moberi has locations across town, and alongside its fruit bowls (also a viable hangover cure) it offers refreshing, juicy smoothies that pack in everything the body needs to start healing from a night of booze.

1755 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

7. Portuguese Fried Rice at Cheryl's on 12th

1135 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

A classic style diner in the center of Downtown, Cheryl’s has been slinging breakfast items for years now. Its most iconic hangover cure is the Portuguese fried rice—a heaping platter of bacon-and-egg fried rice topped with spicy linguica sausage and avocado is the right balance of fatty, spicy, and carb-laden without going over the top.

1135 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

8. #8 House Curry Noodle at Khao Moo Dang

3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

This Thai rice, noodle, and pork joint serves up so many warming bowls that it’s honestly tough to choose. The #8 house curry, however, might be just what the doctor ordered after a night of one-too-many. Pork belly and loin sit beside a soft-boiled egg and yu choy greens atop a warm bowl of khao soi and silky-soft noodles.

3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

9. Bibim Box at Kim Jong Grillin

4606 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

Right on the menu it says “Portland’s favorite hangover cure,” and it’s hard to argue with that statement, bold as it is is. The bibim boxes have everything needed to settle the stomach and calm the head pounding: rice, japchae, bonchan, and a fried egg along with a choice of meats, tofu, or vegetables. Those who really need some spicy and fermented food can order extra kimchi.

4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

10. Congee at Master Kong

8435 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266

Congee is one of the world’s greatest hangover dishes, something that even the most upset stomach can handle after a night of over-imbibing. Master Kong offers a variety of rice porridges, but it’s the preserved egg congee that’s best suited to assuage the ill effects of a night out. This dish is warm and mild, salty and delicious. When nothing else works, congee can.

8435 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266

11. Birria en Caldo at Birrieria PDX

16544 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97236

Sure, this red food truck serves all the Tijuana-style quesabirria staples, tortillas gooey or crispy with cheese for dunking in consome. But sometimes you have to go with a classic: just a simple bowl of braised beef soup, fragrant with cilantro and onions, grounded with guajillo and ancho chiles. The hypebeast version of this dish comes with instant ramen noodles, for those who want to level up.

16544 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97236

12. Vietnamese soups at Rose VL Deli

6424 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
A table set up with a full cao lau set
Cao lau at Rose VL Deli
Nick Woo/EPDX

These locally famous soups tend to sell out by noon, so a hangover is an ideal excuse for crawling out of bed for another dose of these incredibly poised broths. A few are served daily, and all are worth sampling, especially the restaurant’s mi quang and the hard-to-find-elsewhere cao lau.

6424 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

13. Panzerotti at Bari Portland Food Cart

Portland, OR

Imagine a calzone that's deep fried, so it comes out piping hot, filled with gooey melted mozzarella and nourishing tomato sauce. This Foster-Powell food cart also offers panzerotti with more inventive fillings, like asparagus and prosciutto. Ordering the small size is not recommended.

14. Menudo at Tambayan Restaurant

6014 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Menudo is a soup well-known for being a hangover killer from Mexico to the Philippines. This tomatoey, rich Filipino version is made with pork, instead of beef tripe like its Mexican counterpart. The tomato and pork are supported with hearty chunks of bell pepper and potato. Open for delivery and takeout Wednesday through Sunday.

6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

15. Cafe Breakfast at Bertie Lou's Cafe

8051 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Residents of the Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods have been swearing by the restorative qualities of this funky, old-school diner for decades now. There are plenty of options, but the one most capable of driving away the pains of a hangover is the simple but effective cafe breakfast. It’s nothing fancy —crispy fried potatoes topped with eggs, served with toast— but it is quintessential hangover food, especially when doused with a liberal application of hot sauce.

8051 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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