Fri 6 Mar 2009
Living in DC, we have a wide variety of bars and restaurants to get our drink on. We can go upscale creative at Gibson or Rasika, kick back at a favorite neighborhood joint like The Red and the Black or enjoy the simple pleasures of good wine and good company in a friend’s home. But sometimes we enjoy ourselves a little too much and the next morning needs a special kind of medicine. Here are three of our top spots to get us past the previous night’s sins.
There is something magical about the combination of hot beef broth, slices of meat, noodles, sriracha sauce and soy sauce. A traditional Vietnamese soup, pho (prounounced “phuh”) features thinly-sliced meats, rice noodles, and cilantro in a beef broth served with garnishes. Pho 75 is a downscale, cafeteria style eatery where patrons sit elbow-to-elbow with strangers at long tables slurping wet noodles and broth with chopsticks. Their menu offers a pho soup base (broth, noodles) with a mix and match selection of meat preferences. Bowls come in regular and large, which in reality means large and gargantuan. My favorite drink to pair with pho is young coconut: a light beverage made of coconut water and tender, thinly sliced coconut meat. It’s a perfect sweet compliment to the spicy, salty soup. If you’re heading over, be prepared for a wait. The line is almost always out the door but it tends to move quickly.
Two more hangover cures after the jump.
I would like to give a shout out to the inventor of the Chicken Madness. How many undergraduates have had their Sunday afternoons saved by this straight-off-the-grill sandwich miracle? Wisemiller’s (known as Wisey’s to its regulars) is a bare bones grocery store serving local students’ immediate needs (bread, soda, chips, canned goods) with a small grill in the back. They serve up dozens of options but the Madness is the real draw. Served on a basic subroll, a Chicken Madness is chopped, grilled chicken smothered in cheese with bacon, lettuce, tomato, green peppers and onions and garnished with hot chille pepper. It’s a pedestrian mix but a potent one. I’ve never met a sandwich that does a better job of soothing an alcohol-distressed stomach.
This isn’t your everyday taqueria. California Tortilla combines trusty base ingredients – tortillas, chicken, Mexican rice – and tosses them with fun accents like Thai peanut sauce, mango dressing and jerk chicken seasonings for inventive burrito creations. The entire franchise is quirky and energetic and service is always friendly, regardless of how slammed they are. If that isn’t enough, an entire wall of hot sauces are available for generous dousing. On a good day, this is a fun, indulgent meal that is a great alternative to quick service chains. On a rougher morning? Man, these puppies can soak up last night’s excess. Pair with a giant soda and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the day.