You can't find your phone. You've got an epic headache. You aren't quite sure how you got home. And that might be your creepy neighbor passed out on your couch. No worries: You can wipe away all the errors of your New Year's Eve with a hearty New Year's Day breakfast to aid recovery. Here's our top five breakfast and brunch stops guaranteed to make you feel like 2011 will be worth living.
1. Grand Café, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Take advantage of special brunch hours at the Grand Café and start 2011 with their popular eggs en cocotte, a puff pastry filled with cheese, ham, and eggs with truffle cream. Of course the thick biscuits and redeye gravy will work wonders for soaking up shots and champagne, and adding the house-made pork sausage to a plate of blueberry pancakes or brioche French toast will be the first smart decision you make in the new year.
2. Triple Rock, 10 a.m. Bridge the booze gap by starting your breakfast off with one of the Triple Rock's award-winning bloody Marys, and then hit the menu hard. Vegetarians and vegans need love too, and they find it at the Triple Rock, where breakfast options include vegan pancakes and French toast, a hefty tofu scramble, and vegetarian sausage. Of course, carnivores will also enjoy the trucker-sized helpings of fluffy omelets and biscuits and gravy.
3. St Clair Broiler, 7 a.m. A hangover is significantly improved with one of the Broiler's huge four-egg omelets, which come piled with hash browns and toast for good measure. The Iron Lake omelet features wild rice, provolone, and ham, while the Mexican boasts zucchini, peppers, jalapenos, onions, and pepper cheese with salsa and sour cream on the side. Woof! Corned beef hash with poached eggs or the classic steak and eggs are also popular modes of recovery.
4. Mickey's Diner, all day every day The folks at Mickey's Diner are slinging buttery eggs and stacks of pancakes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so January 1 is just business as usual. Breakfast is served all day, so belly up for eggs (fried in butter), a heaping helping of your favorite meat (sure, that can be an 8-ounce steak), hash browns and toast with--naturally--more butter. Burgers and sandwiches are also available, as are hand-dipped malts and shakes. If grease is your bag, Mickey's is your dealer.
5. The Wienery, 9 a.m. The Shiz Spectacular may sound like what you did in your pants (accidentally!) last night, but it's the best thing to order for Wienery-style recovery: hand-grated hash browns with cheese, onions, mushrooms, green pepper, ham, and eggs will save the day. The Drive-in Hashbrowns offer more deliciousness than $5 should legally be allowed to give you: The aforementioned hand-cut hash browns are heaped with cheese, chili, and coleslaw.