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Best Chicken Pot Pie in LA?

thranduil Oct 31, 2009 11:25 AM

We went to Nichols in MDR last night and had their tarragon chicken pot pie (Friday night special). It was excellent, with lots of large pieces of white meat in it, good crust. It is $14 but is in a regular pie pan. Now we want to know: what is the best chicken pot pie in LA?

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    ldodb Nov 5, 2009 02:26 PM

    I've been searching for this.

    So far I've tried a few.
    John O Groats - Best so far, pastry flaky crust, white meat, peas, pearl onions, carrots, and some other stuff, but very good.

    Daily Grill - Dont remember all the details, but it was disappointing.
    Grill on the alley - Dont remember all the details, but it was disappointing.
    Byrds - Even more dissappointing than the previous two.

    But I will definitely have to try Musso and Franks, and Kate Mantilini, as well as some of the others. Thanks for more options.

    1. fgrade Nov 4, 2009 10:11 AM

      surprisingly, the yard house has a good pie

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        bigmista Nov 4, 2009 06:24 AM

        Go to the Eagle Rock Farmers Market on and look for Frankie and Tiny's Pies in the pink tent. There you will find chicken pot pie nirvana.

        Homemade crust. Creamy filling. Lots of juicy chicken. I recommend it.

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          steveburstein Nov 2, 2009 10:05 PM

          I would have to second Wood Spoon downtown. the best so far.

          Wood Spoon
          107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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          1. re: steveburstein
            JAB Nov 3, 2009 05:52 AM

            One of these days, I'll not order the pork burger and give this a try. That's what I keep telling myself anyways.

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              streetgourmetla Nov 3, 2009 09:53 AM

              Third!! Woodspoon's empadao(chicken pot pie) with hearts of palm and a cool salad pairing are tops.

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                andytseng Nov 3, 2009 11:54 AM

                I love the Wood Spoon version, although it's quite different from the standard pot pie, so if you're looking for a specific style, this may not be for you. Definitely worth a shot if you're open to a meatier version with less cream.

                Wood Spoon
                107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              2. Funwithfood Nov 2, 2009 08:36 PM

                Clementine's makes a killer version, just always out of it when I get there.

                They REALLY need to keep a few in their freezer up front. (As my daughter would say...earth to duh!)

                1. JackonCrack Nov 2, 2009 09:19 AM

                  It's definitely not your old skool pot pie, but GOOD GIRL DINETTE serves an awesome chicken curry pot pie (thinking of the biscuity crust .... I'm drooling now...)


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                    Bruce Kerr Nov 1, 2009 05:26 PM

                    I've been a chicken pie freak for 65 years and I have never found one close to Musso & Frank's - the most expensive, but worth every penny.

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                      selfportrait93 Nov 1, 2009 06:32 PM

                      and they only serve it on Thursday

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                      yogachik Nov 1, 2009 11:55 AM

                      James Beach - I believe it's only on Tuesday nights. It's yummy

                      Used to be that Marmiton had the best - and you could take it home and freeze it for ages - but no more Marmiton, alas.

                      James Beach
                      60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                        Selter Head Nov 1, 2009 09:35 AM

                        Moffett's Family Restaurant & Chicken Pie Shoppe, which has been on Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia for living memory - all the others are just revisionist upstarts.

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                          Jordan Nov 2, 2009 05:40 AM

                          I do love the Moffett's pies. If you eat in, be aware that this place is God's waiting room. If you are 70 or younger, you'll be the freshest face in the room. The menu is spectacularly, unashamedly stuck in the past.

                          If this doesn't appeal to you, they also have a big display case full of ready-to-bake pot pies to go. Load up on a bunch for your freezer.

                          Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe
                          1409 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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                            JeetJet Nov 3, 2009 07:36 AM

                            "God's waiting room." LOL. Yes, there are many older people in the place who appear to be taking their parents out for a meal. Those pies are filled with either beef, mixed white meat and dark meat chicken, or white meat chicken only, plus some gravey inside a perfect crust. That crust covers the bottom of the little pie pan and the top of the pie. Best of all, there are no fillers -- just meat. This place is God's waiting room and those pot pies are heaven..

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                              Will Owen Nov 4, 2009 10:15 AM

                              The only way Moffett's could improve their pie would be to offer a dark-meat-only version, too, but that's just me (and Mrs. O as well). It's been much too hot to be real chicken-pie weather, but I'm primed for a return trip. One of these days I'm gonna get a takeout one, too...

                              I do enjoy the comments about how it's a haunt for the elderly, especially now that I'm perilously close to meeting that designation. If that's where I'm destined to hang out, I don't think I'll mind too much.

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                                Harry Nile Nov 4, 2009 01:30 PM

                                Me, three, on the dark-meat version, which is one reason I make it myself at home, generally with puffy strips (not mountains) of dumpling, instead of pie crust. That way I can prepare juicy and flavorful chicken dark meat, the variously cooked vegetables, and the dumplings separately and assemble it all at just the right moment.

                                That kind of coordination is possible but more difficult with a pie, leading to my greatest criticism of the ones mentioned in this thread that I've tried -- overcooked chicken and (when present) vegetables or, less often, undercooked crust. Even the very good pie (now in decline, according to some posters here) from the corporation that owns the Daily Grills/Grills on the Alley will present dry chicken breast to their customers. No one has mentioned the chicken pot pies at the Bake 'n Broil. They can be good but often come with overcooked chicken screaming for its life in a cauldron of mouth-burning stew and with a decent crust that desperately needs an egg wash for color, the saving grace being that luscious piece of German Chocolate Cake you're about to have for dessert!

                                Bake 'n Broil
                                3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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                          jaymor Nov 1, 2009 05:49 AM

                          where is the daily grill and is it availabel on certain days only?

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                            Emme Nov 1, 2009 08:06 AM

                            It's a chain http://www.dailygrill.com/locations.php
                            Available every day.

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                              maudies5 Nov 1, 2009 10:49 AM

                              The chicken pot pie at Daily Grill used to be good. Alas, no longer. Last time I had it, it was a gummy, floury mess. Had difficulty even finding chicken in that pie. Lots of white sauce & not much else.

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                            BHAppeal Oct 31, 2009 05:23 PM

                            Kate Mantellini's in Beverly Hills has it as a weekend special and it is excellent ( one of the few thing there that is...). Freshly made, generous pieces of moist chicken and plenty of fresh herbs, all with a nice crust.

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                              maudies5 Oct 31, 2009 06:00 PM

                              Buffalo Club does a very good pie.

                              Buffalo Club
                              1520 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                                Emme Oct 31, 2009 10:42 PM

                                don't know if it's the *best* but definitely second Kate Mantilini as worth trying!

                                Kate Mantilini Restaurants
                                9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                              2. OC Mutt Oct 31, 2009 03:31 PM

                                Daily Grille - it's the best I've ever had.

                                1. ipsedixit Oct 31, 2009 02:56 PM

                                  Kee Wah Bakery.

                                  1. LATrapp Oct 31, 2009 02:33 PM

                                    Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills also has an outstanding Chicken Pot Pie on their regular menu.

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                                      rednyellow Oct 31, 2009 08:30 PM

                                      I love the Grills and for a very different style, Wood Spoon's downtown.

                                      Wood Spoon
                                      107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                                    2. creamfinger Oct 31, 2009 02:30 PM

                                      Daily Grill hands down.

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                                        maudies5 Oct 31, 2009 05:59 PM

                                        Daily Grill is a mere shadow of its former self. The last time I had the Chicken pot pie is was a gummy mess.

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                                          foodiemahoodie Oct 31, 2009 07:22 PM

                                          The Daily Grill used to do it right, but I've gotten varying results since. I've enjoyed the one at Kate Mantilinis.

                                          I can't imagine anything at Musso's being anything on the positive side of decent. But if I ever find myself eating there I'll give it a try.

                                          Kate Mantilini Restaurants
                                          9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                          1. re: maudies5
                                            creamfinger Oct 31, 2009 10:45 PM

                                            You have to specifically request that they don't make it gummy mess style.

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                                              Servorg Nov 1, 2009 06:07 AM

                                              lol My wife has had their lobster pot pie (a special) several times over the years and it's always been top notch.

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                                                creamfinger Nov 1, 2009 08:13 PM

                                                Actually, while I love their chicken pot pie and I love lobster, I think their lobster pot pie is very unimpressive.

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                                                  Servorg Nov 2, 2009 05:44 AM

                                                  I'm not sure what else they could do to make it better? The crust is beautifully done and comes out golden brown. The consistency has never been gummy. Always creamy with no taste or presence of flour. The vegetables have always been properly cooked and, most importantly, their is A LOT of very tender and fresh tasting lobster. And this has been true for us every time over the last several years of my wife trying it.

                                                  Oh, and one more thing. It's huge. I mean it looks like a flying saucer landing on the table when the wait person sets it down.

                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                    creamfinger Nov 2, 2009 03:31 PM

                                                    Your mouthwatering description has encouraged me to try it again, but I distincly remember it was the large quantity of onions that I didn't enjoy. Maybe this time it will be better.

                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                      maryforrest Dec 10, 2009 02:09 PM

                                                      I hate to be thick, but I can't tell from the thread which restaurant's lobster pot pie you are describing here. I figure it's either Daily Grill, Kate Mantilini, or Musso & Frank. But I wanted to be sure. Thanks!

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                                                        Servorg Dec 10, 2009 02:14 PM


                                          2. Dommy Oct 31, 2009 12:46 PM

                                            My favorite is Musso and Franks... Thursday nights...


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                                              wienermobile Oct 31, 2009 01:04 PM

                                              I second Musso and Franks. Growing up it was Van de Camps, if anyone remembers the blue windmills all over Los Angeles.

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                                                kevin Oct 31, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                not to highjack this, but has anyone tried the Bouillabaise Marseille at musso's on fridays i think?

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                                                  momo034 Nov 2, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                  Chicken pot pie at Mussos is amazing and served classic. And yes I have had the Bouillabaise there and its also great. A bit expensive but there is so much seafood in it its worth it.

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