Henry Moffett's in Bellflower
Intrigued by past threads, and eager for a nice chicken pot pie, spouse and I drove from Hollywood to Henry Moffett's in Bellflower. Surprisingly, it was only a little more than a half hour on a Saturday.
First impressions were favorable -- cutsy quasi-country decor, with a tourist-attracting display of favorable press, knick-knacks, bottled stuff, and a big, open bakery and counter. Homey. At our arrival, around 2PM, only a couple of tables were filled in the clean and comfortable dining room. Very friendly waitress. Then, came the food. Despite its minced appearance the cole slaw was tasty, and my salad with Green Goddess dressing the same. Spouse had fried chicken. It was was crunchy outside, but a little dry inside. Not bad, but not great,she said. My chicken pot pie looked more like a cow pie. A round glop of cream sauce over a circle of crust and chicken. It didn't taste like a cow pie, but to my taste, it sure wasn't much of a chicken pot pie either. It came with canned peas and carrots, which were acceptable in such a downhome place, tiny biscuits that didn't seem fully baked, and lemonade that looked more like lemonade than it tasted like lemonade. Still, we persisted. Spouse loves rhubarb pie (real rhubard pie) and she declared this one okay. My apple pie was better than okay. Total bill, minus tip, $29. Not a bad price, but I was hoping that the food would be a whole lot better. As we were getting ready to leave, a gang of really old timers, acting like regulars, hobbled in. I assume this is the house crowd.
Oh, PS. I recently had a chicken pot pie at The Grill which alone cost $18 and made Henry Moffett's seem like haute cuisine.