Hangover Helper

Just what the doctor ordered.

Hangover Helper: Mac & Cheese Pot Pie at Republic of Pie, Los Angeles

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

If I could name my own country, I would call it the Republic of Pie. To investigate who stole my idea—and to check out their extensive sweet and savory pie selection—I headed over to this laid back space in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles.

As can be expected, I did a double pie meal, starting with a savory Mac & Cheese Pot Pie ($5.95). The mug of Mac comes out piping hot and well layered with gooey cheese. The noodles were pleasantly al dente, creating a textural contrast with the soft, oozing cheese. In line with the restaurant's retro-Southern aesthetic (you can finish your meal with a hunkin' slice of lemon cream or sweet potato pie), the bowl comes topped with a layer of breadcrumbs. They add a toasty flavor and, for the hungover, a welcome added carb. The cheese is just sharp and salty enough to perk up your taste buds, but if you need an extra kick, a big bottle of original Lousiana hot sauce is waiting by the forks.

Republic of Pie
11118 Magnolia Blvd, San Fernando Valley, CA 91601(map); (888) 612-3269; republicofpie.com


About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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