Cure the New Year blues with San Francisco's hangover cuisine

Courtesy photoHayes Valley's Absinthe offers protein-packed hangover cures.

San Francisco is a food town all around, even for nursing what ails you after ringing in the new year.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

The Hayes Valley mainstay offers up multiple protein-packed hangover cures. The breakfast burrito is packed with crispy pork, eggs, potato fries, cheddar cheese and charred tomato-chipotle salsa, while the duck-confit ragout comes with a chive-potato cake and poached eggs. The croque monsieur packs a solidly satisfying punch.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
398 Hayes St., San Francisco
(415) 551-1590,


The anchor corner diner of the Inner Richmond has updated its menu and its architecture, allowing for more seating and an exterior coffee counter so patrons can drink coffee while they wait for their hearty, comfort-food fare.
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
50 Clement St., San Francisco
(415) 751-8000


Boxing Room

A Southern flair has returned to Hayes Valley’s “cuisine corridor,” courtesy of Boxing Room’s Louisiana-California inspirations. The hungry and haggard should try the sweet potato and andouille hash with baked eggs, or the crawfish and tasso omelette with Brabant potatoes.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
399 Grove St., San Francisco
(415) 430-6590,

Brunch Drunk Love

Ryan Scott’s BDL is one of The City’s few all-day brunch offerings, dishing up hearty hangover fare with flair. The eggs Benedict includes wild mushrooms and a homemade English muffin, and the gin-based Lavender Bee’s Knees orange-blossom honey cocktail is a great morning-after refresher.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2389 Mission St., San Francisco
(415) 648-6800,

Grand Café

Alicia Jenesh, head chef of The City’s palatial bistro, has just revamped the extensive brunch menu, which now includes poached eggs and chicken hash, and chorizo verde omelette with avocado.
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
501 Geary St., San Francisco
(415) 292-0101,

Foreign Cinema

Mission-based culture vultures can savor a cinematic atmosphere while sipping on a Persian bloody mary, with its unique dash of curry and balsamic vinegar. Hangover favorites are the balsamic fried eggs with garlic-potato hash, roasted greens and prosciutto; and the Croque Madame, an open-faced ham sandwich slathered with Gruyere cheese and a béchamel sauce.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2534 Mission St., San Francisco
(415) 648-7600,


Take your pick from jelly doughnuts, fried chicken sandwiches and epic grilled sandwiches and sliders.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2323 Mission St., San Francisco
(415) 285-0818


St. Francis Fountain

The Fountain’s Nebulous Potato Thing, a massive mound of home fries topped with cheese, salsa, sour cream and green onions, is a sure-fire hangover cure. For small tummies, a half-order will fit the bill. Breakfast is served all day.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2801 24th St., San Francisco
(415) 826-4200,

Scala’s Bistro

Chef Jen Biesty’s Biestwich, her signature fried-egg sandwich, has crispy pork belly, avocado, veggie aioli and greens on a ciabatta bun. Her chilaquiles are renowned.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
432 Powell St., San Francisco
(415) 395-8555,

New pills promise morning-after relief

By Sarah Gantz
SF Examiner Staff Writer

Drinkers rejoice!

One enterprising drinker has come up with an answer to hangovers with a cocktail of common hangover healers packed into an over-the-counter pill.

“You have sort of a one-stop, silver-bullet solution for hangovers,” said Brenna Haysom, president of Blowfish, the company she founded for her drug of the same name.

The active ingredients — aspirin and caffeine — are hardly news to hangover sufferers, but Blowfish’s recognition by the federal Food and Drug Administration is a first for a drug intended to treat hangovers.

The two tablets, which dissolve in water, contain 1,000 milligrams of aspirin and 120 milligrams of caffeine — the equivalent of about three standard aspirin pills and a grande Starbucks peppermint mocha — plus a stomach-calming antacid.

The drug should start to work in about 15 mintes, she said.

The FDA approved its sale as an over-the-counter drug this year and the pills hit drugstores in New York City in November, Haysom said. It’s also for sale online, at

Haysom, 34, was working in New York’s finance industry when she came up with the idea after one too many after-work outings.

Haysom said she thinks San Franciscans take better care of their bodies, but she still hopes to expand sales to the West Coast soon.

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