Head… pounding. Mouth… watering. Stomach… empty. Is a bare gut the root of all hangover evil? Choose a weak breakfast from some random chain and expect to be worse off than before the morning’s walk of shame (because everyone knows the most healthful breakfast demands lots of bacon). Here are a few places in Calgary guaranteed to fix you up.
Sit down at Brad Myhre’s deli, decorated with relics from Stephen Avenue’s iconic Palace of Eats (1918-1964), and inexplicably feel your strength returning. The cool sights and savoury smells of this lauded lunch stop aren’t just window dressing — Myhre’s has the best Montreal smoked meat in Calgary. Try the salty Reuben, which piles Polish sauerkraut and Gouda cheese on top of Montreal smoked meat, finished with your choice of seven mustards, and grilled to a crisp. 1411 11 St. S.W.
If you were drinking on 17th Ave. S.W. the night before, you probably ended the party at Tubby Dog; the trendoid hotdog shop is renowned by many Calgarians as the place for post-bar fare. Returning to the scene of the crime and jumping back into the realms of excess may be just what you need. Take this week’s special, The Buck McCoy: “two flapjacks topped with a bed of maple baked beans, Ukraine sausage, two sausage patties, two hash brown patties, and a fried egg. Finished with nacho cheese, BBQ sauce and maple syrup.” What doesn’t kill you… cures your hangover. 1022 17th Ave. S.W.
If you’ve slept the entire day away but still have a raging hangover, no worries — District just opened and creating your perfect poutine should put your mind, and stomach, at ease. Set your own cheesy course by selecting from nearly two-dozen fresh poutine ingredients, including duck leg confit, smoked bacon, ground lamb, bell peppers, sliced jalepenos or Spring Creek sirloin. After you’ve finished eating your masterpiece, you might just be ready for another night on the town. 607 11 Ave. S.W.
Track this food truck on Twitter and be rescued by “the Canadian Saint,” a loaded crepe stuffed with eggs, maple bacon and maple syrup. If it’s closer to lunchtime, try the “Holy Smokes Spicy”, a crepe-wich packed with spicy Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, sweet peppers, onions and chipotle aioli.
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