Hangover Helper: Scrambled Egg and Sausage Hoagie at White Dog, Philadelphia

Hangover Helper

Just what the doctor ordered.


[Photograph: Lauren Sloss]

When you get me started on places to eat in Philadelphia, I get excited pretty quickly. When you ask me about brunch in Philadelphia, you'll be hard-pressed to shut me up. Going to college in this fine culinary city meant I was an expert on brunch; specifically, the places with brunches that could really cure a hangover. There were plenty of solid greasy spoon options (Bui's food truck, I'm looking at you), but White Dog was a little more classy—and right near campus.

All about local, organic ingredients, White Dog was a primer for the things I'd come to look for in much of my food since. But that doesn't mean it still can't give a hangover a good ass-kicking. On a recent visit back, I tried the scrambled egg and sausage hoagie ($10), a grown-up version of the countless breakfast sandwiches I inhaled after bigger nights out.

Willow Acres smoked maple sausage, scrambled eggs, Lancaster smoked cheddar are folded into a crackly-crusted, fresh tasting hoagie roll covered with Sriracha-spiked ketchup (ask for more on the side, you'll want it), and served with tender fingerling potatoes. The hefty sausage provides the sandwich with a wonderful, smoky-sweet flavor that works well with the eggs and salty cheddar cheese. A hangover brunch in a grown up setting? Can't complain about that.

White Dog Cafe

3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map) 215-386-9224; whitedog.com