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Top 5: Hangover Breakfasts

1. Biscuits
1035 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-202-0410
Breakfast quesadillas and enormous platters of huevos rancheros will wake up bleary-eyed morning diners any day of the week. The breakfast combo includes lacy, crispy-edged French toast, eggs, and sausage, while the spicy biscuits and gravy provides the perfect antidote to a night of carousing.

2. Donut Shop
5527 N. Keystone Ave., 317-255-3836,
Nothing cures a hangover better than a well-stocked doughnut case, especially when the sinkers come in varieties such as buttercrunch, German chocolate, and bacon-maple crumble (available Friday through Sunday). But it’s the sunshine-yellow omelets stuffed with steak and cheese and the corned-beef hash that will restore your inner mojo.

3. Good Morning Mama’s
1001 E. 54th St., 317-255-3800,
Hung over or not, it’s easy to appreciate omelets filled with fried Spam and Cheez Whiz or Elvis’s favorite sandwich concoction of peanut butter, bacon, and banana at this SoBro diner housed in a former service station.

4. Peppy Grill
1004 Virginia Ave., 317-637-1158
At this grungy but loveable short-order joint in Fountain Square, biscuits and gravy is available from 8 p.m. until 11 a.m., and neatly folded omelets, simple plates of toast and eggs, and stacks of fluffy pancakes—flipped in sight at a griddle that never gets cold—will more than settle your stomach before you crawl home to bed.

5. Georgetown Market
4375 Georgetown Rd., 317-293-9525,
With juice blends such as the “Mender Blender,” featuring six organic juices from carrot to cabbage, you can detox and head off to work without anyone knowing of your night’s indiscretions. Ask for a shot of wheatgrass for an extra punch, and grab a vegan oatmeal cookie from the bakery.

This article appeared in the December 2013 issue.

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.