The road was tough and full of many cravings, but after a few weeks research we're proud to present our findings. The pleasant truth is that all across this fine nation, college students seem to really be finding their hangover fix. The slightly less pleasant truth is that not every school could make the cut. Some factors that went into our rankings:
- User submissions. Weighted very heavily, because you guys most certainly answered the call. All of the top spots received multiple submissions. As you will notice via the “your take” section of the testimonials, customer passion was also very big. Given that hangover cravings tend to be significantly more demanding than any human relationship, extra consideration was awarded to those with irrational passion. This is what love is, after all.
- Essence. You'll notice that there's really no set formula here. Common threads most certainly, the primary one being that all of these places have something that truly stands out. Whether it be location, atmosphere, a specialty dish, or server attitude, it was important that these places were truly immersed in their own strange pride and tradition.
- If you were featured on a television show (i.e.., some spots have highlighted in Food Network or Travel Channel series), you were given extra consideration.
- Secondary Internet Sources (i.e.,Yelp), were secondarily consulted. If the overall tone of Yelp reviews or similar rankings were less than stellar and conflicted heavily with your submission, you were taken out of the list altogether.
- How hungry we were at the time of writing. Kidding, but probably not entirely.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a fork and dive in!
25. Denny's – Washington State University
From the outside, one would assume this is just your average Denny's. Little do passers by know that this fine establishment has a full bar, including $.75 well whiskeys, $1 Kokanee's, $1.50 Mimosas (if that's your thing…. but still cheaper than ordering a full glass of OJ) One whiskey-sour not good enough for you? You can order a pitcher! I repeat! A pitcher of Whiskey-Sour!
Its not uncommon for one to have all three meals of the day there… Essentially, no point in leaving with such outrageous deals on booze!
Where else can you get a screwdriver that's cheaper than a glass of orange juice? Combine a greasy breakfast meal with 75 cent well drinks to kick that hangover's ass, and start in on tomorrow's headache.
As an establishment, Denny's is one of those things that's so shitty, it's beyond glorious. This also defines many aspects of college life. The fact that this is a super alcohol-infused Denny's puts this one over the edge.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Denver Omelette, Mini-Burgers
24. Brunswick Diner – Bowdoin College
This place has the best breakfast food for anybody that is living on campus. Giant sausage, bacon, double egg, triple cheese sandwiches that always hit the spot. Add a little hash browns on the side and you are good to start drinking again. Also Donna and Hillary are some great women who know how to cook my breakfast.
Personal service and first-name recognition is crucial in any breakfast spot. It's easy to tell this place is brimming with it's own strain of endearingly brash New Englandism, and appears to have the menu to back that up. Smaller town New England is notorious for acting like the 1600's and closing EVERYTHING late at night, so the 24 hour thing is a lot bigger than it may seem.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Corned beef hash, milkshakes, lobster roll, Brunswick Burger.
23. Coliseum Deli (Col Del) – Hofstra University
Cheap egg sammies, greasy potatoes, and the Mix. Oh and they deliver breakfast. No need to leave your house while mid hangover!
You had us at “they deliver.”
Recommended Food Stuffs: The Gladiator Plate, Mix – half lemonade, half tea
22. Jacks 'N Joe – University of Southern California
Breakfast all day, so you can wake up whenever you feel like and go grab your must have hangover breakfast. They also have the best motherfuckin pancakes on face of this earth.
Must haves are the “Fight Ons”, which have bacon inside the pancake batter, and pretty much anything else you can find on the menu. You won't be disappointed.
Founded by a husband and wife after turning tragedy into a truly heartwarming story (see above), and the definition of a Bro spot if there ever was one. Dope spot to chill, and really a “home away from home.” A plea to always Fight On.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Fight Ons, “7 Minutes in Heaven” French Toast
21. Hamburg Inn No. 2 – University of Iowa
The quintessential college-town eatery, which just happens to serve unreal breakfast food. Opens at 6:30 AM, and the bar next door (IC Ugly's) opens even earlier so you can continue boozing while you wait for a table. A waitress will fetch you from the bar when its time to be seated. And oh yeah, its been around for 50+ years, and it is basically a must-stop for prospective presidential candidates.
The key to the heart of America's heartland? We think so. An old-timey establishment that's going as strong as ever, no one does a wholesome Midwestern breakfast quite like the 'Burg.
Recommended Food Stuffs: The Iowa (grilled ham, hash browns and American cheese), Hawkeye Hog (sausage, hash browns and American cheese smothered in country gravy.)
20. Tudor's Biscuit World – West Virginia University
The sandwiches are $5 at max with all the options(literally whatever you want) you can get on a sandwich….not to mention the buttermilk biscuits are made every morning and are the size in width of a bagel but much bigger….its a solid meal for the hungover and broke ass college kid
You can't be the number one party school in America without having a solid place to recharge the following morning. Consider this the school's partying equivalent of mother that supplies necessary dorm items you'd otherwise never get–you never necessarily realize how crucial that aspect is until it's not there. No shot WVU goes as hard without some great breakfast.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Creativity is encouraged.
19. Booeymonger – Georgetown University
Underclassmen visit on occasion, but upperclassmen fucking live here. Weekends packed with the sweatpant Bros swapping war stories from the night before, often having to do with the slam sitting on the other side of the room. Maybe known more for their cheap pitchers and great lunch/dinner sandwiches, but the breakfast is damn near unbeatable. Very friendly staff, and water provided. Everyone goes to Booeys.
Dude is pretty much on point. Spent many, many a hungover morning here, and miss it dearly. Wide variety of options, breakfast or lunch. The thick fries are particularly satisfying for the hungover Brohemoth.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Booeys Breakfast Platter, Miami Burger (Bagel w/ Lox)
18. Village Coffee Shop – University of Colorado (Boulder)
If it is your first time there and you tell the waiter they announce to the entire place that you are a village virgin! The place is always slammed and its first come first serve on seating so it is always a battle of the hungover college students and the old regulars there. The food is nice and greasy so perfect for that hangover
The restaurant is the size of my apartment living room, but serves some of the best breakfast in Boulder. It's a low-key diner right down the street from campus, making it the perfect spot to go after consuming large amounts of alcohol.
The best two items at the Village are the pancakes and hash browns, by far. The pancakes are the size of your head, and the hash browns are doused with liquid butter. The bacon is also better than most places – it's thick-cut and marinated with maple syrup before frying…
A place with strong camaraderie and a penchant for heavy lines for heavy appetites is our kind of place. Should probably be higher on the list honestly, though there's another Big Boulder spot you'll see a bit later on…Colorado breakfast was always a high point, but now that a certain substance is legal for use? Easy joke, but a very applicable one.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Chicken Fried Steak, Denver Omelette, Syrup-Infused Bacon
17. Gateway Diner – SUNY Albany
The Gateway has been the hangover diner of choice for Albany students for years. Any Saturday or Sunday morning, the place is serving dozens of students who are craving their enormous pancakes, and greasy bacon to cope with their hangovers. It's kind of a retro type diner but nothing over the top. They have a room in the back with large tables to accommodate parties of any size. Gotta be careful though because there's a good chance you will probably see your slam from last night. And finally, they have the dankest cakes and cannoli.
A great diner for some great Danes. Plays to its strengths and knows what it does best. The Breakfast spot equivalent of Jason Kidd the past few years. He's the glue for the whole school, which would be a lot worse off without it.
Recommended Food Stuffs: The Lumberjack Special
16. DT Kirbys – Purdue University
You ever walk into a restaurant hungover on a Sunday morning only for the restaurant's owner to call you a “pussy” if you don't do a shot of Jameson with him? I had never had that experience until a buddy and I staggered over to Lafayette, IN's finest dive bar, DT Kirby's. In addition to the complimentary shot of Jamo for those with visually explicit hangovers, DT Kirby's serves up the kind of food that Karl Welzein (aka @DadBoner) only WISHES he could dream up. From a cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches in place of buns, an “Indiana dog” (with fried pork tenderloin in place of a hot dog), and “Da Bear” (a bbq bacon cheeseburger plus the contents of an Italian cold cut), DT Kirby's has all the meat, cheese, and grease you need to win the battle against your hangover and seize the day.
If you're looking for a local Purdue legend with a charismatic owner, awesome hangover food, and cheap beer, DT Kirby's is the place for you.
Man o man is Dad Boner-esque food the key to our heart. You have single handedly sold us, fine sir.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger, Indiana Dog (fried pork tenderloin in place of a hot dog), Da Bear (cheeseburger w/ italian cold cuts)
15. Elmo's Diner – Duke University
Elmo's knows how to treat someone dealing with a crippling hangover. My experiences there have been unparalleled and remarkably consistent. You walk in and you're greeted by a wait. This is okay. You're allowed to guzzle coffee during the wait. Then, when you sit down, you're given crayons and an opportunity to color in a duck—Elmo's knows how to treat you like the helpless, hurting child that you have become.
And then comes the menu. My God. Page after page of perfectly greasy diner food, from massive omelettes to waffles with bacon enclosed to a truly dynamite huevos rancheros. Grits are a must; home fries are a respectable substitute. And, if you're feeling frisky, the lunch and dinner specials aren't bad, either. In a simultaneously delicious and awful decision, I once ate meat loaf for a Sunday brunch.
Hungover college students are probably mentally and emotionally inferior to little children. A place that understands this is a place that is far and away deserving of a place on this list.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Huevos Rancheros, Grits, probably not the meat loaf.
14. Frank's Diner – Carthage College
Very small restaurant. servers are supposed to be rude to you. was featured on diners drive ins and dives on Food Network.
When people are rude to you, you automatically like them a lot more than you should. That's how attraction works.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Garbage Plate, which consists of potato hash, eggs (a full one has 5), green peppers, onions, jalapenos, and choices of meats.
13. Sarkis Cafe – Northwestern University
Sarkis is the epitome of hangover food. The original location in Evanston minutes away from Northwestern's campus is a shithole to say the least. It's tiny, cramped, old, dirty, dilapidated, has at least 50 health violations blatantly visible…you get the idea. But what it lacks in showmanship it more than compensates for in nostalgia, charm, and most of all food. The Bacon Loretta is the de facto hangover breakfast (realistically it's 3 before you roll in there). Whether you shit out a small animal minutes before, woke up ass naked in the freezing cold somewhere on the west side of Chicago, or have 0 recollection of the previous night's shenanigans, 2 bacon lorettas with everything, cheesy hash, and a sunkist make all that pain go away.
The Loretta is like finding the perfect girl who fucks like a pornstar and then cooks for you immediately after all while in the nude and playing you in fifa: it just don't get much better than that.
The point of a hungover breakfast spot is to be abnormally, and arguably irresponsibly passionate about it. Despite the setbacks the place may offer, the essence and overall goodness of the food means that said place can do no wrong. Sarkis Cafe epitomizes that.
Recommended Food Stuffs: The Loretta (Start with fresh Turano's bread, The bread is toasted while green peppers, tomatoes, and onions grill in a Mt. Everest-esque pile on the grill, while simultaneously rows upon glorious rows of bacon sizzle away causing what can only be described as the aroma that would make someone kill another human just to smell it wafts into your nostrils. The sandwich is assembled with the bread, a light spread of mayo, copious amounts of bacon, and piled with grilled veggies, then topped off with a blanket of melty, gooey cheese. The dish isn't complete, however, until a generous dusting of secret seasoning is applied across the entire landscape of the plate, followed by a torrential downpour of secret hot sauce to put the proverbial cherry on top. The adventurous have been known to add a fried egg, but the original is more than enough.)
12. Blue Sky – Lehigh University
Food is absolutely unreal. The decor is a little hipster, but I like the music. The place is entirely full every morning from 8-12. Its literally right off campus so anyone can walk to it and theirs a bar about 4 doors down for some morning beers when you've eaten last night’s hangover away.
Their loaded “home-fries” are on point. Loaded is grilled onions, bread crumbs, and hot sauce cooked with the potatoes. It's delicious. They do specials every week too with some crazy kind of french toast. A staple on the menu is S'mores french toast.. The best thing on the menu though? Banana Bourbon french toast. It's sex in a plate.
This place earns its well-deserved spot on this list due to perhaps unrivaled creativity tailored scarily to clientele. S'mores French Toast might just be the holy grail of breakfast foods. Location makes up for any questionable decor, though this screams the sort of place that is what it is, and doesn't necessarily care what everyone else thinks–and judging by the volume everyone else thinks it's pretty damn awesome.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Chocolate Chip 'Big-Daddy' Pancake, S'mores French Toast, Banana Bourbon French Toast, Loaded Home-Fries
11. Toast – College of Charleston
So I hit every fucking bar on one of the stretches in Chucktown and I'm awake on a random couch in god knows where I shouldn't be. When I get the first text of the day from one of my bros I don't go home or shower–I head to toast. When the weather’s nice you can sit outside and absorb some energy and sweat out the fifteen shots of fireball from the night before, or sit in the lowlight inside and hate life until the waiter comes by (who knows you're hungover on Sundays) to take whatever godly breakfast you want.
They have all of your luxury caffeine fixes but lets be honest your there for the $12 bottomless mimosas. As if a little hair of the dog wasn't good enough that southern comfort chicken and biscuit with sausage gravy is going to make you forget about the drunk 6 you took home last night.
Anyway you like to battle your hangover, you can't go wrong at Charleston's Toast.
That picture. Holy SHIT that picture!
Recommended Food Stuffs: Chicken and Biscuits, Bottomless Mimosas.
10. Hang Over Easy – The Ohio State University
The food at hang over easy is tailor made to cure hangovers and there is nothing quite like ordering a #4 (struggling to get up) or a #15 (green eggs and ham) after an epic night of drinking. the staff fully understands when you wear sunglasses when you're in the restaurant and embraces this behavior. you're compatriots can at times act like dicks mostly because they're just as hungover as you are and the place is always packed and unless you get there scary early theres usually a pretty long wait, but once you get in and get a seat the cure for your hangover will soon be at hand.
Their motto is “Breakfast Cures All,” which is basically an automatic way to get into the top 10. Dishes are creatively named, and Columbus, Ohio is the center of America in so many ways (it's where all that consumer product testing shit goes down). The pulse of America beats for this place, and we can definitely get behind that.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Chicken 'n' Waffles The Cleveland Steamer The Ultimate H.O.E. Burger The #4 Struggling to Get Up The #6 Ménage â Trois The #12 Frog Eyes The #15 Green Eggs and Ham
9. Bodo's Bagels – University of Virginia
I have no idea why they're only in Charlottesville, they'd make a killing as a bigger franchise.
Very much the morning lifeblood of Cavs campus wide. Lines are huge, but moves amazingly fast. There's three of them in Cville, but the one most students go to is right on the Corner, which is where the main shops, bars, and hangouts are. Always pleasant and friendly, and tough to find a more satisfying hangover cure than Bodos.
I know a number of people who love this place irrationally. Seems to very much be a Charlottesville Institution. And efficiency with such a huge demand cannot be discounted.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Bagels. Go Crazy.
8. Al's Breakfast
Absolutely nothing beats Al's Breakfast when it comes to hangover food. Huge portions of greasy, made-from-scratch food, endless coffee, and an atmosphere you literally won't find anywhere else. The food is cheap as hell and tastes great, although I admit it isn't the best you'll ever eat. You go to Al's for the experience. Al's is a tiny, ten foot wide hole-in-the-wall place located in the heart of Dinkytown. Seriously this place is so small you'd walk past it and never know it was there…except for the line extending down the block on the weekends.
The staff is full of assholes, and I mean that in the best possible way. They're always yelling: at you, at other customers, at each other. They don't wait around waiting for you to pussyfoot around your order either. You either make your order when you sit down or sit around hoping you can flag them down as soon as you're ready.
I've been to 30 states and crossed the country twice this summer (lengthwise, none of that up and down bullshit), and Al's Breakfast is hands down the best breakfast joint I've found. Bar none. It's got great food, the best atmosphere, and prices any student will love.
All the makings of a legendary place. Hole in the wall, a demand that can't possibly fit the supply, and a high octane environment that makes you get on its level. We approve tremendously.
Recommended Food Stuffs: The Jose: Hash browns, homemade salsa, poached eggs, and cheese.
7. Rama Jama's
Location, location, location. Rama Jama's is located right across the street from Bryant-Denny Stadium–what more needs to be said?
Everything is very cheap, which helps if you've just checked your bank statement from the night before.
All sorts of very unique memorabilia and pictures adorn the walls. There are pictures or signatures of all the Alabama legends, as well as jerseys, shoes, helmets and even a part of the stadium. Good luck finding the bathroom your first time here
If you're coming to Tuscaloosa, have your fun the night before, but do not forget Rama Jama's the next morning.
Location is a tricky aspect in a lot these–sometimes, the allure of these spots is that it's completely worth it to travel 30 minutes in the middle of nowhere–it underscores the point that the griddle cakes are THAT good, and turns the whole thing into a pretty cool adventure. The opposite is true in this case, proving that in order to be truly dope at something, you've gotta break a few rules.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Go HAM with the Ham.
6. Penny Cluse
This place is more than a slice of hangover heaven. While the food is obviously beyond bomb-status, the people and the atmosphere amplify the shamelessness of last night's festivities.
Head down when you first wake up, put your name on the waiting list, go back to your place and pass back out, name stays on the list all day. Get lifted, walk down and breath some life back into the body
What puts this place over the top is the Bucket O' Spuds; crafty homefries with frighteningly addicting seasoning, topped with sour cream and chives. Shoveling that in your mouth is basically the hungover Bro's dream.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Bucket O' Spuds (extra egg on top), Fresh Squeezed Seasonal Juice,
5. Shortcakes Diner
It's an old diner that has been recognized for 30 years as being the place to go when you're hungover. It's like an ihop if ihop possibly sold meth. The food is greasy and tasty, it still smells like smoke, and no matter what you show up in nobody will judge you. Plus being over 24 hours a day, you can get day drunk and get this food at 3 am.
Shortcakes is more of a place you go at 4 in the morning instead of at 10 am. The food is pretty good but its more of the environment that makes it great. The building is old as shit (built in the 70's I believe) and your clothes will smell for a good month after eating there. It's almost a requirement to go there in the middle of the night in order to graduate from OSU.
The best part is everything is INCREDIBLY cheap. It's all under $6 which is great for people who don't have a bunch of money.
Oklahoma style breakfast has gotta be a treat for anyone, and unbeatable prices never hurt either. Ambience check, quality check, penchant for strange tradition, check.
Recommended Food Stuffs: You've gotta look at the name. Shortcakes. Get a shortcake (two pancakes)with sausage and a coffee. You'll be golden pony boy.
4. Towson Hot Bagel
THB has every best breakfast sandwich you can imagine on fresh baked bagels are ranging from $4-5. It is literally filled with hungover college students every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings from 10am-2pm. With the best part about all of the hungover college students is the fact that 2/3 of them are incredibly hot girls all wearing yoga pants. There's plenty of outside tables to sit at which are especially nice during the spring and summer, good for having a bagel and talking to your friends about last night's adventures.
Perfect bagels, Breakfast sandwiches, and always packed full of hungover people from the night before. Most people still come in wearing the same thing they went out in last night.
Ain't nothing like the place you'll see the whole school. Whether it's girls coming back from early morning gym class, Bros rolling out of bed, or the same exact crop of people you had an extended convo with at the party last night but now ignore, it's tough to beat “That Place.” Towson Hot Bagel is “That Place.”
Recommended Food Stuffs: Any bagel/meat/cheese combo.
3. The Buff – University of Colorado (Boulder)
Uh it's fucking called The Buff, nuff said right there, and everyone eats there when they are hungover Saturday and Sunday mornings probably even on Fridays too.
I mean Obama ate there when he came not that I care, so it must be good right? I love the 'Two Step'
The Buff is a classic go-to in Boulder for any mile high hangover. If we are talking about food- it's one of the best breakfast places. Quick service and if you are waiting for a table, the bar is conveniently located at the entrance so you and your posse can grab a quick mimosa/bloody mary or 3 (for $0.99 I might add). Classic way to end a one-night-stand that doesn't want to walk of shame it home or if you just want to lay the ground work for round 2 the upcoming night. Oh, and even President Obama stopped by for for a visit more than once.
Anything off of their Southwestern Kick selection is always a good choice with hearty portions to feed a small African Village.
To be this awesome while competing with another dope breakfast spot on the same campus is not only impressive, but proof that breakfast is truly the most important (and therefore, best) meal of the day. That actually has zero basis in fact, but seems like something that needed to be said. Also, that guy may be too cool to get excited about an Obama visit, but if Obama visits a college breakfast spot, it's a pretty big-time college breakfast spot.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Saddlebags–their own special recipe pancakes infused with bacon, sausage, ham, or any combination of the 3.
2. Miss Shirley's Cafe – Loyola Maryland
With multiple locations in Baltimore, Miss Shirley's is the best breakfast spot. Its included on our meal plan and they serve up unbelievable breakfast and lunch with epic drinks on the side. It has a great reputation for a reason, Miss Shirleys is unmatched in breakfast
Its like right off campus and they accept our dining card so its our parent's money. The food is heavenly and the serving sizes are insane. They give enough food for at least 2 people and its insane.
Ranked as one of the best breakfast places in America, very short walk from school, hot waitresses. Food is absolutely delicious, and they take our Evergreen card, I mean…that's not even real money.
Best In Baltimore, open environment, awesome food
Tied for the most amount of student submissions, and for good reason–these kids are really dining it up on their parents dime. Crab cakes and football, but also crab cakes and breakfast for this Maryland hotspot. Last year, Baltimore Magazine readers ranked this savory spot number on in the area in both the “good deal” and “breakfast” categories. Note that were talking about an entire city here, and when you combine those two aspects, you've got yourself the perfect collegiate breakfast establishment.
Recommended Food Stuffs: Chicken & Waffles, Breakfast Sliders, Coconut French Toast, Cinnamon Danish Waffles, the list goes on.
1. Newark Deli and Bagel – University of Delaware
The perfect cure for even the worst hangovers, bacon egg and cheeses, homemade chicken salad, you name it. Easily the best breakfast option at Delaware. Sorority Girl Central also. There's bound to be at least 50 attractive girls wearing lettered shirts there at any time of the day.
Once referred to as “Sorority Bagel” by the UD Greek Life Director, this location is so popular with Greeks that one fraternity even used NDB as its theme for Airband two years ago. NDB is the only location in Delaware with good bagels.
Packed on Saturdays mornings before day drinks and again Sunday morning to help that mean hangover you earned because you drank a solid 12 hours straight if you didn't manage to pass out. Atmosphere and environment are solid because just about everyone in there is about to participate in the same weekend festivities or if its the weekdays, getting some food before/in between class.
As Bros across the land learn year after year, one of the toughest feats a person, place, or thing could ever accomplish is to completely satisfy a sorority girl. In fact, the task was previously thought impossible until Newark Deli and Bagel came along. Simple yet complex beyond measure, for a school that's arguably the most “college” of them all. It's a school landmark at this point and basically fulfills every characteristic necessary to be a truly great hungover establishment–satisfying food for a satisfying price, defies the simple notion of what it actually is (much more than a bagel place), has become sentimentally ingrained in the minds of thousands of Blue Hens, weirdly manages to keep last night's party going, is a place to be seen, and is arguably the single most unifying place on all of campus. Newark Deli Bagel does it all. NDB, NBD.
Recommended Food Stuffs: 'Taylor Ham Sandwich, Bacon Egg and Cheese on Toasted Bagel, Sausage Egg and Cheese on Toasted Bagel, Homemade Chicken Salad with lettuce, tomato, onions, and cucumbers on toasted bagel. Also the scooped out options for fans of that bagel method.
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