Downtown – it’s where I can be found almost every weekend. Which leads me to having some morning after situations.

I’m not going to lie; when I’m downtown, I’m not looking for someone for the long-term. I’m looking for someone for the short-term. That’s just how it is; if you meet someone at a bar in college, you’re probably not going to embark on something serious with them.

And so what?

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But, you know, occasionally you’ll find someone who you might want to see again. Or not. Either way, they’ve ended up at home with you and it’s morning.

You want them to be thinking about you. After all, you didn’t kick them out.

The ideal morning after breakfast shouldn’t feel planned. The message is, “This is just what I had around and I can whip a delicious breakfast up out of thin air. Because I’m professionally awesome. All the time.”

Chances are one (or both) of you are probably hungover. Greasy foods are great and noise is terrible. So, here are the best foods to make them want to see you again.

1. Eggs Benedict

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Eggs Benedict is the go-to recipe if you’re really trying to impress, because a) it sounds fancy and b) it looks gourmet but is actually super easy. You could even make this while hungover, though I would personally try to prevent that if I were you.

If you want to shake things up and you love your hot sauce, try out our Sriracha Eggs Benedict to spice up your breakfast.

2. Gourmet Waffles

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Now there are two ways to go about this, so let’s just cover both to be safe.

If you’ve got a waffle maker: You can make waffles in 10 minutes and cover them in whatever toppings you like. I’m partial to strawberries and chocolate.

If you’re lacking a waffle maker: All you need is quality frozen waffles and berries. Feel free to add a more personal touch by finishing off the dish with a cute whipped cream design.

3. Pancakes

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Pancakes are amazing, almost better than sex – really. They’re incredibly versatile and you can pimp them out. Make sure you make more than one serving. No one appreciates watching someone else eat some hot pancakes while hungry the morning after.

If you’re really in a hurry, though, try out these two ingredient pancakes.

4. Sweet Crêpes

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Embrace the French way of life (where food and wine are above all) with these easy and elegant dessert crêpes that are just as good for breakfast. These can be filled with all sorts of goodies (think Nutella, cream, jam, fruit, etc.), so your only limit is your imagination.

This breakfast is light, flavorful, and versatile. Be prepared to have your partner begging for seconds.

5. Smoothies

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Smoothies are the perfect start to any day. You can even make the perfect one to accompany whatever else you make for breakfast, if you really wanted — but that may be trying a little too hard. I mean, I wouldn’t do both, and I am the queen of trying too hard.

I personally don’t recommend this if you’re the hungover one. Blender noises in the morning? Ugh. No thank you, pass the Advil please.

6. Omelettes

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Omelettes are the easiest thing to make, period. Just take some eggs, fillings, oil, and you have an omelette ready to make. It’s a step up from frying an egg over easy. There’s not much that can go wrong — well, besides burning it.

Besides, eggs are necessary for every breakfast. So if you don’t have any other ingredients on hand besides stuff to throw in an omelette, you’re set.

7. French Toast

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French toast is the breakfast choice of the gods. I seriously don’t know if I’d be happier with this or pancakes. And the great thing is, you can whip it up super fast with ingredients you probably have lying around at all times. If you want to be extra decadent, you can make it fancy with bananas foster or strawberries.

You can even make it in your microwave if you’re pressed for time or don’t want to clean up.

8. Breakfast Hash

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Personally, I have my own special breakfast hash that I absolutely adore. And I’m not going to lie, it’s probably the best thing ever when I’m hungover — it’s got grease, protein, and carbs, which is everything both of you would need to get back on your feet. That’s what makes breakfast hashes the bomb for someone the morning after.

You can make one super fast in your microwave, or find that perfect hangover cure hash.

9. Banana Bread Muffins

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Banana bread muffins are great because you can whip them up super fast, and who doesn’t love freshly baked muffins? It’s even quicker if you have a blender, because you can just throw all the ingredients in there, blend, pour, and bake.

As much as I would love to recommend banana and peanut butter together, you never know if someone has a peanut allergy. No one wants an ER visit first thing in the morning.

10. Breakfast Scramble

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Alright, so we’ve all been there. There’s nothing in your pantry but bacon, cheese, eggs, and maybe some veggies. I know I have, the struggle of being a broke college student was too real that week.

But, that’s really all you need for an amazing breakfast scramble. Who doesn’t love cheese, bacon, and eggs? Well, besides people who don’t eat pork, and they’re missing out. You’ve got two of the main ingredients for cheesy bacon fries right there. ‘Nuff said.

11. Mini Bagel Breakfast Sliders

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Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, but who doesn’t love mini foods? Especially breakfast? Okay, maybe it’s just me. But, these mini bagel sliders are great; I made them when my friends came to visit me and we were all to cheap to go out for brunch.

There’s something for everyone, and you can easily come up with your own combinations for sliders. I’m a food snob when sober (according to my friends) and I was happy with all of these.

12. Breakfast Burrito

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I swear Queenie from American Horror Story is my foodie spirit animal, because if a guy made this for me, I’d come back if he wanted me to. This delicious, giant breakfast burrito is enough to get me past my hangover.

Something greasy, cheesy, and easy to eat? Sign me up. And of course, we always have a vegetarian-friendly option for those of us who aren’t carnivores.

13. Nutella Croissants

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Alright, I’ll admit I’m a food snob when it comes to French pastries. But these Nutella-filled croissants? I don’t even need to drop my standards for them.

It takes under 30 minutes to make and enjoy these lovely little bundles of joy that transport you on a mini-daydream to Paris. You can even pretend you’re in a Parisan cafe if you make some nice coffee to enjoy with it.

14. Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

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Okay, so bacon has been a reoccurring theme here. I can’t help it. But, I have to ask: do you like bacon? Do you like tater tots? If you answered yes to both of these questions, this breakfast bake is for you.

And not to mention, it’s like the perfect hangover cure. Grease and protein? Sign me up and call it love — I probably love it more than anyone I’ll make it for.

15. Breakfast Frittata Muffins

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So, not all of us are skilled enough to make a real frittata in a skillet. Don’t worry about it, everyone started from somewhere. But, it also helps you can probably get almost all the ingredients from the salad bar in a dining hall on campus.

Not to mention you could also make a bunch of these ahead of time and just pop a few in the microwave the morning after. Looks impressive with minimal effort.

16. Breakfast Nachos

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I absolutely adore food Instagram accounts. And when I saw breakfast nachos by @thedelicious? I had to make them, and they were delicious.

Of course, you can add some extra bacon and cheese if you need that extra grease to compensate for your hangover.

17. Bacon and Egg Toast Cups

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These two-bite breakfast cups are a godsend — you know it’s got to be good if I’m praising someone else’s god. They’re super simple and quick; plus you only need a skillet, muffin tin, and some form of oven.

And if you’re gluten-free you can always just make it with a bacon basket instead.

Regardless of what you make, you’ll probably impress. After all, you’re in college and most people can’t cook that well.

If you don’t want to cook, it’s definitely a must to at least offer coffee. If that just makes it awkward and your hottie ends up scurrying out the door, your scrumptious breakfast will help ease the pain. I mean, food’s better than sex after all. Am I right?

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