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New Year's Eve 2012 

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Best brunch spots for Jan. 1

By Dan Nailen

If there were ever a day that even the light-drinking find themselves hungover, it’s New Year’s Day. And what better way to attack that hangover than a fat breakfast, perhaps with a side of the hair o’ the dog that bit ya. Here are a few allies in the fight against The Morning After; be sure to call your own favorite breakfast spot to make sure it’s open before you ditch the bathrobe and face the day.

The Squatters in downtown SLC and in Park City are both hosting a Hangover Brunch on New Year’s Day, starting at 10:30 a.m. and featuring Midday Mimosas, the Midday Mary and the Nooner (OJ and vodka). 147 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2739; 1900 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-9868,

Fiddler’s Elbow
New Year’s Day is dedicated to the NFL this year rather than the usual slate of college bowl games, and Fiddler’s Elbow has one of the most popular brunches in town for pigskin lovers. Made-to-order omelets, Prime rib and traditional breakfast fare are the order of the day beginning at 9 a.m., along with every NFL game on one of the many TVs. 1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-463-9393,

Blue Plate Diner
Tunes to buoy your hungover spirits, and diner grub seemingly sent from the gods to battle headaches and nausea—the Blue Plate Diner is sure to be packed solid on New Year’s Day. That doesn’t mean waiting for the corned beef hash and eggs or one of the Blue Plate Benedicts isn’t worth it. It always is. 2041 S. 2100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-463-1151,

Ruth’s Diner
When I’m hanging and at a loss for relief, I know exactly what to get at Ruth’s Diner: the pulled-pork Benedict comes with poached eggs on green chile cheese cornbread along with that delicious pig. That’s just one of the sure-fire hangover cures on the menu at this Salt Lake City classic. 4160 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, 801-582-5807,

The Sun & Moon Cafe
If you wake up to an inversion on New Year’s Day, that won’t help the hangover at all. Head up Emigration to this classic joint and delve into an Andouille scramble or some crab-cakes eggs Benedict. They’ll get you squared away in no time, starting at 9 a.m. 6281 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, 801-583-8331,

Bayleaf Bar & Grub
Given that all-American spirits like Wild Turkey and Jack Daniel’s hail from the South, you know those folks below the Mason-Dixon have battled hangovers for years. The Bayleaf has you covered with chicken & waffles, chicken-fried steak & eggs and the trash plate—a holy combo of bacon, sausage, potatoes and cheese. Get it with gravy. 159 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-359-8490,

Wild Grape Bistro
Renowned for its vino and delicious diner fare, the Wild Grape Bistro also knows its way around brunch, with a slew of reasonably prices omelets, Benedicts and biscuits. 481 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-746-5565,

One of the tastiest Sunday brunches in town will open at 11 a.m. New Year’s Day, offering its usual stellar menu that includes everything from Croque Monsieur to almond French toast to the oh-so-satisfying Pleasant Creek Ranch steak & eggs. A couple of specials will also be available, and as always, everything on your plate will come from a local farmer or rancher. 878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, 801-532-0777,

Market Street Grill
Don’t skip the Bloody Mary when you stop in at one of Salt Lake City’s most popular brunch spots; Sunday brunch is available at all three Salt Lake Valley locations starting at 9 a.m. The incredibly reasonable prices—$6.99 for eggs Benedict or a seafood omelet is hard to beat—make Market Street a must-go when you’re in need of some hangover relief. Please note that the Cottonwood and South Jordan Market Street Grill spots are not open on New Year’s Day. 48 W. Market St., Salt Lake City, 801-322-4668,

Grand America Hotel
A contender for the most opulent and egregious brunch in town, the Grand America’s weekly Sunday-morning brunch has an insane number of options. There’s all the seafood you could imagine, an artisan cheese cart, a crepe station, Prime rib, rack of lamb and, in case you’re more of a breakfast traditionalist, good ol’ bacon and eggs. The brunch begins at 10 a.m. and reservations are recommended. 555 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-258-6708,

Poplar Street Pub
Downtown dwellers rejoiced when Poplar Street Pub fired up its all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet. As if an endless supply of bacon and sausage weren’t enough to slay your hangover, you can also drown your headache in biscuits & gravy and made-to-order omelets. Oh, and there’s fresh fruit and granola, too. 242 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-2715,

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