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

saridt Oct 26, 2008 08:35 AM

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?

  1. capeanne Oct 26, 2008 08:41 AM

    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. greygarious Oct 26, 2008 08:58 AM

      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.

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        daisyjane Oct 26, 2008 12:28 PM

        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. greygarious Oct 26, 2008 12:52 PM

          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?

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            emilief Oct 26, 2008 12:55 PM

            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.

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              lexpatti Oct 26, 2008 01:30 PM

              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.

              1. ScubaSteve Oct 26, 2008 02:09 PM

                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.


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                  kparke30 Oct 27, 2008 05:16 AM

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

                2. pondrat Oct 26, 2008 02:53 PM

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


                  1. Pia Oct 26, 2008 04:54 PM

                    Petsi Pies in Cambridge/Somerville has a great one.

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                      The_Bayou Oct 26, 2008 07:34 PM

                      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


                      1. saridt Oct 27, 2008 02:34 PM

                        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!

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                          Swankalicious Oct 27, 2008 08:18 PM

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

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                            drewinmrblhd Oct 28, 2008 11:01 AM

                            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. sailormouth Oct 31, 2008 10:08 AM

                              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. Karl S Oct 31, 2008 02:02 PM

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

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                                  Stellar D Nov 1, 2008 04:55 AM

                                  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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                                    TomH Dec 15, 2008 06:10 AM

                                    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!

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                                      macca Dec 15, 2008 06:19 AM

                                      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.

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                                        TomH Dec 15, 2008 07:43 AM

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

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                                          macca Dec 15, 2008 08:41 AM

                                          thanks. will check it out

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                                            TomH Dec 18, 2008 06:59 AM

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

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                                              macca Dec 18, 2008 07:05 AM

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

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                                          twentyoystahs Dec 15, 2008 08:08 AM

                                          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 :)

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                                            catsmeow Dec 19, 2008 01:29 PM

                                            Wilson's also has very good turkey pies.

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                                      porkpa Nov 1, 2008 05:31 AM

                                      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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                                        catsmeow Nov 1, 2008 01:25 PM

                                        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. macca Dec 14, 2008 01:51 PM

                                        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.

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                                          rouxmaker Dec 16, 2008 11:03 AM

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

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                                            SA70077991 Dec 17, 2008 02:09 PM

                                            Farmer Brown's in Middleton

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                                            bear Jan 8, 2009 03:51 PM

                                            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. steinpilz Jan 8, 2009 04:39 PM

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


                                              1. sailormouth Jan 11, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                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.

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