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Aug 23, 2007 04:29 PM

Moffett's Chicken Pies in Bellflower - gone?

I understand that Moffett's Chicken Pies in Lakewood / Bellflower has closed. Any idea whatb happened? Or if the Arcadia location is still in the status of ongoing concern? Thanx!

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  1. Well, I just talked to Arcadia, they said Bellflower is going out of business. I called and their number is disconnected...............................Arcadia said they are not going anywhere!

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Thanx, Burger Boy! Good info to know. Looks like I'll have to drive to Arcadia from LB to get my mother's "fix" of chicken pies. That being said, can anyone recommend a good (frozen?) chicken pie that one could find at a Ralph's or Trader Joe's?

      1. re: So Ho La

        I like Marie Callendar's frozen chicken pot pies. When you go to Arcadia, be sure to get some potato salad and boysenberry pie.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Did Moffett's used to be in Long Beach as well? There was a wonderful chicken pie place in Long Beach that I used to love to buy a big supply of frozen chicken pies for my home freezer. In the meantime and living in the SFV I bought a Marie Callendar's small chicken pie the other night and although I don't think I will drink my finest wine with it, it was darn edible if not downright tasty. Watch for them at Ralph's because they frequently go on sale there.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            I guess one should read the entire thread before asking questions which are answered below. I'm at least glad to know I was on the right track. Those chicken pies were fabulous and inexpensive (I would say down right cheap but I find that drisive). I was a young lawyer and back in 1970 and 1971 you could feed yourself on a young lawyer's salary.

          2. re: So Ho La

            Why Ralph's or Trader Joe's? Moffett's in Arcadia has frozen chicken and beef pies.

            1. re: JeetJet

              Actually no, the have uncooked pies, you get to freeze them, i was put off at first, now I just pop them in the oven.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                About that potato salad. Is is sweet or more to the bland?

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Not sweet and just right, I ate a whole container as a meal, it was carb heaven!

          3. re: Burger Boy

            does the arcadia restaurant sell the chicken barley soup...that was my comfort food...i'd drive out there to buy quarts to freeze if it's sold there...

          4. Not too much of a surprise, the location is not the same as it use to be. My family's take-out closed last year, was just across the street and we were friends with Henry. Too bad, big losses for Bellflower.

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            1. re: justagthing

              This place was the Bubba Gump of chicken. They had great fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, chicken pot pie, chicken soup, chicken salad, chicken caesar, chicken strips, hot chicken wings, chicken and giblets, chicken and noodles, chicken salad sandwich, chicken and dumplings, chicken and waffles and .... You get the picture. The Arcadia location does offer those great Chicken pot pies, chicken and noodles, sometimes a very good chicken gumbo soup and sometimes a Friday special “Roast Chciken,” but the chicken choices do not go much further there.Therefore this closing represents a MAJOR LOSS for the whole LA area. To compound the loss, the people who worked there, and the owner, are real down-to earth people. Going there for a meal was like going home. Oh, I just remembered those giant snickerdoodle and peanut butter cookies that were always on the counter as you left. On No. Oh S... I hope there is a re-opening someplace, and soon!

              Henry Moffett's Chicken Pies (Closed)
              16506 Lakewood Blvd
              Bellflower, CA 90706-5193
              (562) 925-5061

              Moffett’s Family Restaurant, Chicken Pie Shoppe (Two great Soups everyday, Chicken Pot Pie either mixed white/dark meat or White Meat only, Beef Pot Pie, & fruit Pies, Must try the pumpkin, Eat there or takeout (Also, uncooked beef or chicken pies). Order custom Chicken pot pie casserole to go in your own casserole dish)
              1409 S. Baldwin Ave.
              Arcadia, CA
              (626) 447-4670
              Monday-Saturday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
              Two blocks South of Huntington Drive next to Sav-On Drugs
              Menu –

              1. re: JeetJet

                Mrs. O is going to be in semi-permanent mourning for the fries with Green Goddess on the side. She became addicted at first bite. I am glad that we got to go there a few times, and introduce a friend or two to the place, but except for the takeout business the place was almost empty every time we went. So I guess any surprise I feel at this turn of events would be based on wishful thinking.

            2. Ok this may sound a little weird but I am a great grandchild of Henry Moffett Sr. and I just found out about 2 weeks ago that the restaurant closed. I live in Iowa and do not keep in contact with Carol Moffett Rogers. So if anyone has any info on why the restaurant closed...please inform me!!! Thanks for the help.

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              1. re: samantha_m

                Hi samantha,

                I don't have any inside info. Many things could come into play. Development is a major problem. Good old places making way for yet another fast food or strip mall. Retirement, change in demographics... Also, IMO... There is more to running a food establishment than just providing good food. You have got to know who your steady customers are and what they expect from you.

                I think there were too many items added onto the menu for a chicken pot pie shop. The places in Arcadia and Fresno do good with a restricted menu which is designed to the liking of a mature clientele (soup, pot pies, cottage cheese...). Those places survive very well on word-of-mouth advertising within the Senior community. When fried chicken, chicken fried steak, Hot wings and other items for a younger client base begin to fill the menu, then younger kids (and their children) begin to come in now-and-then. That changes the ambiance and the older group slowly disappear along with the dependable steady income they provided to the cash flow. Then comes the snowball of price adjustments... I hoped that there would be a re-opening but I heard that there was a auction.

                Next time you come to L.A., try Moffett’s Chicken Pie Shoppe in Arcadia. Although there are no great snickerdoodle cookies like we could get at Henry's, the menu of two soups everyday, Chicken Pot pie, pumpkin pie (I just had the most wonderful peach pie there last week -- like eating cobbler) is still more than enough reason to be a steady customer. My wife had what she feels is the best BLT with a side of cottage cheese. We sat at the counter and had a very nice conversation with two other couples, about our same age, who were seated next to us. The place is nicely decorated, and well maintained, in a cottage style. What makes this place so special is not only the home style comfort, and confort food they serve, but also the security of knowing that the place will never change.

                1. re: samantha_m

                  Hi, we are sort of related. My grandfather was Albert Moffet, Henry Moffet Sr's brother. I never knew any of Henry or Rabbit's family, but I certainly have heard many stories over the years. I just stumbled across this site, but it's been fun to read. My Uncle Raymond ran the pie shop in Arcadia for years until he retired. I'm in Oregon, and my mom, Madeleine, lives in Idaho.

                2. Sad, sad news.

                  My grandmother lives on one of the dead end streets that backs up to Moffett's parking lot. We used to go there all the time. I love Moffett's pies and I'm just glad that the Arcadia location is still going strong (even though I think there were technically not affiliated, right?)

                  Those frozen pot pies were a godsend back when I was in college.

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                  1. re: socal

                    Right..they weren't technically affiliated. The one in Arcadia was opened by Henry's brother, Al. The last time I was in California was in 2003..we didn't go to the restaurant because of family issues but we did get food to go and it was heaven! I miss it so much and knowing that the next time I go back and it won't be there is very sad. It was part of my childhood. I remember sitting behind the counter folding the pie boxes when I was just 4 or 5 years old.

                    Thank you all very much for the information. I appreciate it!

                    1. re: socal

                      52 years ago while still attending Long Beach Wilson High School, I worked for a short time as a buss boy at the Chicken Pie Shop located on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Brothers Al and Henry Moffett ran the business and many other family members worked there as well. At some point after I had departed, Henry, along with his son(s)?, left to start Henry Moffett's Old Fashioned Chicken Pies in Bellflower. Nothing was lost after the move. The friendly atmosphere, the reasonable prices, the quality of the food remained the same. I was really sorry to see that they have closed their doors for good. Aftering eating those chicken pies for over a half century, I'm sensing a void in my life.

                      1. re: lqjimbo

                        My grandpa and grandpa were Al and Pauline Moffet. They owned and ran the pie shop on Pine Avenue. It was a family affair, and my uncles worked there and many family friends. Albert retired early and they later moved to Oregon . They lived there for over 20 years and then another 15 in Idaho with their daughter Madeleine. Ray Moffet, my Uncle ran the restaurant in Arcadia and sold it to his brother in law Ralph when he retired. The first pie shop on Pine Avenue has always been a place of legend in my family. I was too young to know it as I moved out of Long beach in 1973 when I was just a baby. It was a special place and so were the Moffets. Albert, Henry and Rabbit (the Moffet brothers) came out of a different era, growing up in the depression in Missouri and moved to California at a young age when their mother died, to make their own way in the world. This has been interesting for me to read.

                    2. I passed by that place many many times but never knew how it was. If I had checked this site on that place sooner I probably would have tried it.