Did the holidays leave your wallet a bit light? You can still afford the delicious comfort of dining out this month, thanks to January 2016 restaurant weeks in more than 30 cities.
We love going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but the Bacchanalian celebrations come at a high price the next morning. When we wake up – usually cuddling with an empty bottle of Champagne and wearing a glittered covered top hat – our heads feel like they’re going to pop off our shoulders and explode like a well-struck piñata [Ed. note: or like someone in Scanners]. If you’re like us, you will, too, be in need of some solid sustenance and vivifying drinks – stat. Here are 11 delicious hangover cures guaranteed to help you start off the new year in the right frame of mind.
Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Costa Mesa, California
The French word for hangover remedy is poutine. Okay, that’s not true, but it should be. This take on the classic Canadian comfort food is built on a base of golden frites, which are piled high with stout gravy, melted cheese curds, shredded short rib. And a sunny side up egg. Yes. Just, yes.
URBN Coal Fired Pizza, San Diego, California
After a long night of endless stems of bubbles, we crave one thing: carbs. And lots of them. That’s why we love this mashed potato-topped pizza. As if that weren’t enough, the buttery peaks of the whipped spuds are crested with bacon and fresh mozzarella. Down one of these, and you’ll be ready for another magnum of Veuve Clicquot.
Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland
On the day after the last great bender of the year, you might be in the mood for a distinctly non-alcoholic tipple. Enter these zero-proof cocktails: the Malibu Cooler, Pineapple Paradise, Açai Basil Smash, Kale Lemonade, and Cucumber Cooler. Guaranteed to put the pep back in your step. [Photo by Anjali Pinto]
Myriad Gastro Pub, San Francisco, California
There’s something comforting to the core about shakshuka, a Tunisian breakfast standard featuring eggs poached in tomato sauce. Served in a skillet, it arrives with several pieces of griddle-grilled green onion socca (savory chickpea pancakes), which are perfect for sopping up the last bits. And absorbing alcohol.
Messhall Kitchen, Los Angeles, California
Nick Offerman would surely approve of the Royal American omelet. It’s made with six eggs and comes atop a Belgian waffle. Then it’s bedecked with Tasso ham, bacon, onions, and a gooey shroud of melted Vermont cheddar. A truly manly breakfast.
Roofers Union, Washington, D.C.
Executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, an early standout on this season of Top Chef, has the perfect breakfast sandwich for the morning after. A fried chicken thigh smothered in honey-sriracha sauce arrives on a ciabatta bun with a slather of mayo and a few crunchy iceberg leaves. Goes down well with a pint. Or six.
There’s a disturbance in the Force. In case you haven’t been close to a screen, browsed the Internet, walked the aisles of your grocery store, or talked to anyone, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out today. The Force Awakens picks up more than three decades after The Return of the Jedi left off. There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen in the seventh installment in the saga, but one thing is for certain: it’s going to be a massive box office smash. Its release has spurred a number of culinary Jedi to find inspiration from the iconic trilogy. (Let’s just pretend the prequels never happened.) and create Star Wars menus for fans of the force.
Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, California
Like a tractor beam pulling you in, you won’t be able to resist this Star Wars themed off-menu mignardise board by pastry chef Josh Graves. Feel the Force awaken in you while savoring a chocolate Millennium Falcon, white chocolate Stormtrooper, a caramel-filled dark chocolate Darth Vader, an absinthe candy lightsaber, a Death Star bonbon, and a Han Solo frozen in carbonite, erm, dark chocolate. Thankfully, he decided not to include a Jabba the Hutt gummy.
The Lot, San Diego, California
The Lord of the Sith inspired pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny to create this Dark Side Chocolate Cake layered with raspberries and blackberries. Only at the end of eating it do you realize the power of the Dark Side. Which means you might have to order another slice. Consider it part of your training to become a Sith lord.
Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Think you geek out about Star Wars? You’ve got nothing on chef Cathal Armstrong, who binge watches the saga with his son over Christmas break every year. To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, he is serving Aunt Beru’s Fennel Soup as an amuse bouche through December. When A New Hope was being filmed in 1976 in Tunisia, the prop masters were tasked with coming up with a soup that Luke’s aunt would make on Tatooine. Fennel was relatively unknown in the States at that time, so it was chosen as a vegetable that could conceivably be utilized in a galaxy far, far away.
Little Goat Bakery, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard offers Wookie Pies, which take their name from Han Solo’s bowcaster-toting compadre Chewbacca. Or, as Princess Leia calls him, a “big walking carpet.” The pies are formed by sandwiching a pair of chocolate cakes sandwich around a generous slather of chocolate cream. Since Chewie is known for getting in trouble for always thinking with his stomach, we’re certain he’d love them.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. In our book, that means sparing ourselves the dishes and dining out. A lot. Since we love reveling in the Christmas spirit, we point our proverbial sleighs toward eateries that are equally excited (and wear that excitement if not on their sleeves than everywhere else!). From festive decorations and visits from Santa himself to special menus and live caroling, here are seven top holiday restaurants that truly deck the halls.
1789, Washington, D.C.
The staff doesn’t hold back when decorating this Federal-era home turned restaurant in historic Georgetown. Every room is festooned with lights, wreaths, garlands, and festive glass balls. Dinner comes with a side of caroling. The Washington Men’s Camerata visits the restaurant December 13th through 24th from 7-9 PM to sing a variety of holiday choral classics. Pro tip: Even if you were the star of your college a cappella group, you should keep quiet and let them perform. On Christmas Eve, guests will enjoy a beyond decadent a la carte dinner with foie gras torchon perked up with orange marmalade and pickled celery, coddled egg and lobster, and bucatini topped with Nantucket bay scallops (white truffles optional, but highly recommended).
Colicchio & Sons, New York, New York
Tom Colicchio and his team celebrate the season in a big way. Previously, they’ve decked out a tree in record decorations, blue lights, and miniature jukeboxes to pay homage to Elvis’ Christmas Album, which Colicchio’s father spun during the holiday season. The pastry team always outdoes themselves with extra delicious decorations. Last year, they created a gingerbread skyline of New York City topped off with Lady Liberty.
Arnaud’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
This Big Easy institution adorns its exterior with garlands and wreaths all twinkling with little white lights. From December 1st through 23rd, guests can choose the celebratory five-course Réveillon dinner ($49, not including tax and tip). Dishes include duck rillettes enlivened with caramelized onions, radishes, and cherry confit, Creole onion soup en croute, roasted Cornish game hen with mayhaw demi-glace, and a classic tarte tatin. Good times guaranteed.
Lafayette, Washington, D.C.
Perched on Lafayette Square across from the White House, this D.C. dining powerhouse offers a very merry buffet ($110 per adult, $52 for children 12 and under, not including tax and tip). Highlights include duck magret with a mélange of mushrooms, braised beef ravioli, and a raw bar boasting baby lobster, shrimp, and snow crab claws. Save room for an epic dessert selection from talented pastry chef Josh Short, such as peppermint white chocolate cheesecake, toasted walnut snowballs, bûche de Noël, smoked pecan brittle, cranberry panna cotta, and a heavenly host of holiday cookies.