Hangover banishment: Our picks for the best New Year's Day brunch

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After all those New Year's Eve toasts, you're gonna need a good breakfast.
The epic nature of your hangover can only be expressed in an obscure Ukrainian dialect. Mistakes were made. The only way to battle this unjust punishment dealt by our favorite frienemy is to get some breakfast in that belly, stat. We've rounded up the five best places to ease the pain of that brown bottle flu.

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Bree McGee
Let a short stack sucker punch that hangover into submission

5. Mickey's 
One cannot appreciate the new without first studying the classics. Mickey's Diner is a pillar built upon the banishment of one thousand hangovers. Their shredded potatoes are fried to a hard crackly crust, with pillowy potato goodness waiting on the inside. You don't even need to look at the menu: America's Favorite, all day. Get your eggs the way you like them, a side of toast, those aforementioned hash browns, your choice of meat, and call it a day. Although no one would ever judge you for adding on a short stack of those glorious size-of-your-head pancakes, either. The waitresses aren't shy with the re-fills of the specialty diner coffee, just thin enough to devour a pot to yourself, but with enough caffeine kick to trick yourself into thinking you might get something else accomplished today.

Joy Summers
Biscuits and gravy

This relatively new darling to the breakfast scene opened its doors and got straight down the business of serving classic breakfast items with a touch of class. Their gluten-free quiche is a tender custard of eggs, mixed with bacon and Gruyere, and topped with spinach (so, it's practically health food). Whether you have a problem with wheat or just an affection for fried potatoes, the base is shredded super crispy hash browns, all baked in a single-serving bowl. (What looks a small dish is in fact, a hearty helping of food.) We're also currently smitten with their take on biscuits and gravy. There's no fiddling about with the biscuit -- no superfluous herbs or hoity-toity mix-ins. These two massive fluffs of crusty dough are ladeled with a river of creamy, sausage studded gravy. Throw in two eggs plus the vegetable side (ahem, more hash browns) and you have a meal fit for the king of all mornings after.

Vincent Marcinelli
Pho you, consequences

Blackbird is open every day for breakfast, but a special New Year's Day service will start at 10 a.m. Their mix of inspired dishes like the Norske scramble with ribbons of house-smoked salmon, dill, and creme fraiche is so perfectly Minnesotan that you'd think it came with a side of Sorrel boots. However, their take on the Vietnamese classic banh mi continues to be one of the best sandwiches you can find anywhere in the Twin Cities. Succulent, shredded roast pork is perked up by tangy pickles and jalapenos. Best of all, the Blackbird staff promises "service without judgement." If only we were so kind to ourselves.

E. Katie Holm

An adorable little bakery and lunch spot, this buttery baby gets the job done. The coffee is strong enough to peel back your eyelids, but even better, New Year's Day will mark the premiere of their zesty beer Bloody Marys and they aren't shy about sharing a few mimosas either. The egg sandwich is an excellent entry into the canon of perfect breakfast dishes served on bread. Your best bet for redeeming this day is to order their Huevos Benedict. Two eggs are placed on a base of ever-so-slightly-sweet cornbread and doused in salsa, black beans, and a curlicue assortment of fried tortilla strips. It's even served with a side of salad and fruit. Thus, it also fulfills that resolution to be healthier in 2014. 

As blurry as you feel. Inside the CC is lit with the soft twinkling of a thousand alcoholic angels.
Did you know the CC Club serves breakfast? And that they open every day at 8 a.m.? And according to the kind fellow we spoke to on the phone, they'll be opening their doors that early New Year's Day as well. This beloved dive lands at number one on our list not just because it's a classic, and not just because those fried eggs might as well be poached in blessed, all-curing grease, and not just because the Bloody Mary will make you say, "What hangover?" It's because the interior of the CC Club is so blessedly dark it's like crawling into the pocket of your favorite worn-out jeans. This joint will forgive you no matter what foul behavior you might have committed last night. And why not kick off 2014 with a little love and understanding?

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