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Besides Harrow's, anywhere to get a good pot pie?

  • saridt Oct 26, 2008 08:35 AM
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We got one from Harrow's last week and were really disappointed --probably 4 oz. of chicken in the whole large pie and very few veggies --pretty much just crust & gravy which were tasty but we were starving after waiting for it to cook for an hour and a half! We are looking to dine in, not out for this...any suggestions?

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  1. Saridt noticed that you have responded to a few North Shore posts so i am assuming you are from that side of the City. If you get to Gloucester try Ned's for homemade chicken pie. Had one last weekend and returned this weekend to stock my freezer. Chock full of meat, diced potatoes, carrots, well seasoned and flaky crust. Either 10 or 12.95. I would suggest cooking for only 20-22 min ( not 25-28) as I overdid the timing to 28min and dried it out a bit. delish.

    1. I agree with you completely - Harrow's used to include a sit-down restaurant which had very good chicken dishes and biscuits, but I am not going near a pot pie that does not have carrots, peas, and onion in with those potatoes. That said, I think Boston Market has a very good pot pie, and the Marie Callender's frozen supermarket ones are also worth the oven wait. I do not use much salt so like most prepared foods, these taste salty to me - they probably don't to those who are used to normal salt levels. It's been many years since I had a KFC pot pie but I remember liking the flavor and the flaky crust, although it lacked vegetables and the white sauce was glutinous.

      1. Henry's Market in Beverly has great chicken pot pie. Harrow's is nothing like it used to be, I grew up nearby, and we had them often, although I would'nt touch them now. I hav'nt tried Ned's but everything is so good I'm sure the chicken pie is as well.

        1. Just remembered - I've seen them at Costco, storemade and refrigerated, to be home-baked. They are in a circular pan, probably 12" or more across. I didn't look at ingredients but assume they use their own rotisserie chicken, as with their store-made chicken soup. That's very good chicken, and the soup is loaded with meat so I expect the pot pie is generously filled as well. Anyone try it?

          1. Not sure if they still carry them but Star Market carried Willow Tree Farm chicken pot pie. I think it was only chicken and gravy but they were quite good. I don't shop there anymore but I assume they, as well a other local markets, still have them.

            1. If you are ever in or passing through Lowell - Cote's Market is fantastic - they have several versions to choose from. They have quite a bit of fantastic comfort foods to take home. Stuffed cabbage and peppers are also fantastic, my favorite is a salmon puff.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/389777

              1. David's in the Bradford section of Haverhill is pretty much the same as Harrow's. David is a member of the Harrow's family who used to work in Reading.

                http://www.davidschickenpie.com/

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                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  Also good are pies at Chicken Connection, Rt. 97 (No. Broadway) Haverhill.

                2. Wilson's Farm in Lexington has a great chicken pot pie.

                  http://www.wilsonfarm.com/

                  1. Petsi Pies in Cambridge/Somerville has a great one.

                    1. Good 25 miles out of Boston, but there is a very old English market in Methuen that is famous for its pub pies (many varieties) and makes great chicken pies. i buy the pub pies by the box and freeze them. The chicken ones are packed full of white meat chicken and make the perfect quick meal. I also recommend the pork pies.

                      Thwait's Market, Oakland Ave, Methuen

                      http://www.thwaitesmarket.net

                      1. Thanks for all the great suggestions --I will definitely check out Ned's as I have heard great things about this place before and I still have plenty of family in "Gloucestah" ( I was born there) to pick one up for me!

                        1. Francesca's in Arlington sells a delicious pot pie. I believe you have to pre-order it a day ahead.

                          1. I would also have to suggest Henry's Market in Beverly on route 1A. The chicken pies from Henry's are the best chicken pies I have ever had. It is well worth the drive. The baked goods are also superb.

                            1. The 7 Acre Farm in North Reading has great pot pies, you'll want to do your own vegetables or a salad on the side, but they're stuffed full of turkey, nice crust, sauce and sometimes carrots and potatoes. As I recall they're a super bargain.

                              Oh, and they're absolutely delicious.

                              1. The rolls at Harrow's are da bomb, however.

                                1. Wilson Farms in Lexington carries really yummy frozen ones. The largest pie with peas and carrots is like $13. It feeds myself and my powerlifter boyfriend easily, with some dinner rolls. Plus, we have some leftover for lunches. Only takes like an hour in the oven.

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                                  1. re: Stellar D

                                    I second the Wilson Farms rec. I picked one of the big pies up last week and it was very good. Loaded with chicken and veggies!

                                    1. re: TomH

                                      Will have to try the Wilsons- I like a lot of their prepared foods ( their potaotes au gratin are so good)- do you know if they have pes with white meat only? We have some picky eaters, so I like to serve the vegatables on the side.

                                      1. re: macca

                                        I am 99% sure they have a non-veggie pie as well. I agree on the prepared foods. Most of them are fantastic.

                                        1. re: TomH

                                          thanks. will check it out

                                          1. re: macca

                                            I picked up one of the "No Veggie" pies the other day so they definitely are available.

                                            1. re: TomH

                                              Thanks. Will definitely get one on my next trek down there. We love chicken pie!

                                        2. re: macca

                                          I third the Wilson's chicken pot pie. Was really happy with it recently. They do have white meat only pies, but I believe the veggies are included. Worth a try, and perfect for a cold winter night. Now I'm craving one and may have to make a road trip :)

                                          1. re: twentyoystahs

                                            Wilson's also has very good turkey pies.

                                    2. You all are probably going to think that I am out of my mind but I think that KFC makes an excellent chicken pot pie. THe crust is fantastic. The filling could use a little more chicken, but in my opinion its more than edequate.

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                                      1. re: porkpa

                                        I stumbled on KFC's pie and was very surprised. Really good!!! I also like Boston Market's too. I use to like Harrod's, but also feel they've gone downhill since their restaurant closed.

                                      2. We had a pie from Harrows today. We got the large style- white meat only, no vegatables. Have to say, it was really good. There really was lots of chicken- some of the pieces so large, we had to cut them for the little ones. Served with rolls, mashed, corn, spinach and cranberry sauce. A real comfort meal. It was expensive ( we had a 2.00 off coupon), but well worth the money. Fed 6 adults and 2 kids.

                                        1. No eat-in but Chicken Express in Cushing Sq, Belmont has excellent pot pie.

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                                          1. re: rouxmaker

                                            Farmer Brown's in Middleton
                                            Delicious!

                                          2. Picked up an individual chicken pot pie from Roche Bros. tonight. I thought it was okay, but the sauce was fairly bland. Carrots, a couple of potatoes, and some peas.

                                            We preferred the "pilgrim pie", which was turkey, gravy, butternut squash, and dressing. Not bad, although the butternut squash didn't come through very much. More flavor than the chicken pie. It made a decent super-quick meal. Cranberry sauce would round it out, as would some mashed potatoes.

                                            Believe it or not, Boston Market has a decent chicken pot pie.

                                            1. I'm sure that Pie Bakery in Newton Centre has good ones, but I've only had the Cornish pasties (which were really good):

                                              http://www.piebakeryandcafe.com/

                                              1. I got a very nice one at Richardson's Dairy in Dracut last weekend. Just chicken and gravy. The largest was $6.50 (or so) and was about five good servings.