Hey, there -- up and at 'em. Don't think we can't see you, huddled in a ball beneath the covers. Put the noisemaker down, and take off that silly pointed cap. New Year's Eve is finally, officially over, and the moment has come for you to say hello to 2011. (That's only two 1s, not three. Focus!) It's time to welcome the new year with the same level of gusto as your festive farewell to 2010. We know what you need: menudo, plenty of carbs and a big cup of hot coffee. Don't worry, we'll be gentle. Onward.
Lap of luxury: Shrimp & asparagus omelet at Taverna
If your return to humanity requires a touch of luxury, then Taverna is your place. This omelet is a decadent splurge, with puffy eggs wrapped around two satisfying high-end goodies: firm shrimp and bright green asparagus that has been cooked until tender. Comes with fried potatoes, too. The fringe benefit at Taverna is that you won't be suffering alone. It's such a hot spot for breakfast and brunch that you'll see everyone else in Fort Worth nursing their hangovers, too. Misery loves company! 450 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. 817-885-7502.
Java is the answer: Latte at Buon Giorno Coffee
There are those who eat their way through a hangover, and then there are the rest of us, who prefer the liquid route: a cup of good, hot coffee. The stronger the better. Buon Giorno makes lattes you could swim in. The Café Latte Extra is a 20-ounce drink with four shots of espresso brewed from the house bean blend, then topped with a mantle of foamed milk and served in a cup so big, it looks like a soup bowl. Like all righteous coffee spots, they dabble here in "latte art," where a floral pattern is etched into the top of the foam. If you need to break the caffeine buzz, grab one of the virtuous oatmeal cookies, which are both vegan and gluten-free. 915 Florence St., Fort Worth. 817-698-9888.
Vitamin C therapy: Dutch baby pancakes at Ol' South
This breakfast specialty, derived from a German apple-pancake dish, is more of an egg dish than a pancake. Eggs, flour and milk are baked into a thick, eggy flat cake with a marvelously spongy texture, which is then presented with much fanfare at the table. The server sprinkles on powdered sugar, slathers on butter and squeezes over scads of fresh lemon juice. It's such a show that you'll almost forget about your pounding headache. The kick of the lemon juice will not only snap you out of your stupor, it'll dose you up with a few days' worth of restorative Vitamin C. 1509 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-336-0311.
The classic hangover fix: Menudo at Carniceria Y Taqueria Dos Hermanos
Dos Hermanos is one of the high notes of the taqueria strip that runs along Camp Bowie Boulevard West. Located in a small strip mall, it's a nothing-fancy spot that's half market, half cafe. Dos Hermanos specializes in tacos, but on weekends, it features a smashing version of that hangover classic, menudo, the soup made with beef stomach, said to have magical healing powers. It comes served in massive bowls, piping hot with plumes of steam drifting up -- it's so enticing that if you don't come with a hangover, you'll almost you wish you did.
8631 Camp Bowie Blvd. West, Fort Worth. 817-560-9474.
Tacos cure everything: Breakfast tacos at Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Though better known for its brisket, Rudy's in Arlington is one of the few branches of this small chain that also offers breakfast tacos, and what lovely specimens these are. The tortillas are warm and soft, and the eggs inside are fluffy yet firm. The tacos are good enough to eat all day, and Rudy's kindly accommodates by serving them morning, noon and night. And once your headache wears off, what's to stop you from having a half pound of sliced brisket? 451 E. Interstate 20, Arlington. 817-465-7839.