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The best hangover food in Miami to bring you back from the dead

Reeling from a bender? Your worst headache is no match for Miami’s best hangover dishes—from salty to fried to sweet.

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Miami nightlife is among the best in the world, which means that any good Miamian knows how to party. The only downside? Nasty hangovers. Like, really nasty ones. Like, holy-crap-did-I-really-drink-an-entire-bottle-of-champagne nasty. Luckily, the best restaurants in Miami cater to our worst headaches with miracle eats that bring us back to life. So if you’re not the type to cure a hangover with more booze at a bottomless brunch in Miami, try your best to get out of bed and find one of these soul-soothing dishes which—we hope—will ease your recovery. So go ahead and have another drink—we’ve got you covered. 

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Best hangover food in Miami

  • Sandwich shops
  • East Little Havana
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Sanguich’s emphasis on fresh, house-made ingredients has earned this Little Havana spot a well-deserved reputation as the creator of some of this city’s tastiest sandwiches. You’d be wise to try all of the shop’s varieties but the pan con lechón—with its shredded lechón, garlic cilantro aioli and pickled mojo onions—calls our name on those mornings where getting out of bed feels like running a marathon. 

  • Cuban
  • Little Gables

Give us pancakes, but make them Miami. And who better for this mission than chef Mika León, who injects loads of tropical guava and whipped cream cheese into this amazing brunch dish. It’s a Latin spin on the sweet breakfast classic. These are finished off with a generous drizzle of condensed milk and homemade guava reduction. By the end, you’ll be ready for another mimosa.

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  • Vegan
  • South of Fifth
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It’s true that not all vegan food is healthy, but the queso dip at Planta is leaps and bounds more wholesome than the dairy version served at your neighborhood taco joint. The craveable starter features layers of black beans, root-vegetable cheese (think carrots and sweet potatoes) and guacamole topped with pickled veggies and served with baked tortilla chips. The dish is large enough to share but we advise against it.

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  • French
  • Miami

Leave it to the French to make food that deliciously absorbs all of last night’s Champagne. Café Kush’s Croque monsieur is the company you’ll want after an evening of bubbles. The French-inspired spot does a ham-and-cheese sandwich like none other—think lots of gooey gruyere cheese, bechamel sauce, pain de mie and a side of fries (sub the salad, trust us). You may have stumbled in wearing dark sunglasses but you’ll stroll out ready to day drink.

  • Vietnamese
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 2 of 4

If you think we skip dessert, clearly you don’t know us well at all. And clearly, you don’t know Phuc Yea’s coconut croissant bread pudding, where sweet carbohydrates become a religious experience. It’s rich and gooey with a drizzle of condensed milk and a generous pile of chocolate chunks on top. Praise be!

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  • Surfside
  • price 2 of 4

The sandwiches at this New York-style deli aren’t for the faint of heart but they are for the tired and bleary-eyed rolling in from a night out in South Beach. For something extra special and restorative, get the housemade pastrami on the house rye bread and order it "Jewbanized," which adds roast pork, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard and ’crackonaise’ to an already over-the-top creation. Throw in an order of the latkes for extreme measures. 

  • American
  • Wynwood
  • price 3 of 4

A hangover food list wouldn’t be complete without a burger, and Le Chick’s mountainous Double Dirty covers the necessary category and then some. It’s a tall stack of two dry-aged brisket patties, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, housemade pickles, secret sauce and—wait for it—a fried egg. Tear into this drippy dream and just wait for the head pounding to subside bite after messy bite.

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  • Bakeries
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
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A tried-and-true remedy for a boozy night is a freshly toasted bagel with bacon, egg and cheese. El Bagel’s has extra transformative powers because it’s made with Proper Sausages bacon and bagels rolled locally. Now, there’s a catch: getting your hands on one ain’t easy so you’ll need to plan ahead and order one the moment you begrudgingly roll out of bed.

  • Hot dogs
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
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There are about 3,000 hot dogs to choose from at Dogma, which range from a Coney Island dog to the Tropical Colombian with pineapple and bacon. But if your head is hurting so bad that you can’t even read the menu, go for the classic Chicago dog. The hangover-easing pickle is the key here. Just remember to bring sunglasses because this place is outdoor seating only. 

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