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Jan 30, 2013 07:29 PM

Lobster Pot Pie at Pearl Oyster Bar -- Yowzers!

I've always wondered why I bother clicking on "Like" on Facebook for commercial entities. Now I know why. Pearl Oyster Bar posted a photo of lobster pot pie and it's the first time I've ever been moved to visit a restaurant to order a specific dish because of a photo.

Evidently, this is the first of what is going to be a series of "Greatest Hits" of POB that are going to be featured for two weeks each. It's simply the best pot pie of any kind I've ever eaten: not too creamy, with a touch of sherry, crisp vegetables (including snap peas), luscious pieces of lobster and a sturdy upper crust. It cost $25 for a big portion (although not nearly as much lobster as in the lobster roll). Only a limited number are available (and only at dinner). We got there right when they opened at 6, and the waiter started laughing when we reserved two before we were properly seated -- I guess they are going fast. The lobster pot pie is going to be available all this week and next, and then oyster pan roast is slated to be next.

There are always new restaurants, always hot restaurants, but I'm thankful for POB, a place that offers a small selection of dishes, but executes them so well. I don't remember ever seeing lobster pot pie offered at POB, so not sure how old this greatest hit is, but this is one oldie that is definitely a goodie.

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  1. Wow, i love lobster pot pie. I've never seen it at Pearl before.
    I've had it at Ed's. I can't wait to check it out at POB. Thanks for letting us know they have it and how good it was.

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      Somebody at the restaurant said the recipe for it was in Rebecca Charles's cookbook, but I can't verify that. I've been going to POB for a LONG time and never seen it offered before. I've never had lobster pot pie anywhere before, but it makes a lot of sense -- having a fish base makes it less cloying than poultry pies.

      I posted a comment under the photo that inspired the visit, and the post before it was from the restaurant, indicating that they've upped the number of pot pies from 10 to 15 per night.

      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Thanks, I'll check it out. Try the one at Ed's to compare. They limit the number of pies per night also.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          It's been a while, but I had a nice Open Lobster Pot Pie @ the Redeye Grill....

          You can see it in the introduction on their home page..

    2. I don't understand why restaurants do this; that is, feature dishes for a short time with only a limited number available.

      It would irritate me.

      1. I have got to try that!!!
        I recently had Lobster Pot Pie at Greay Lady and it was excellent.
        I do like the Pearl lobster roll.

        1. Thanks for the heads-up! I'm a pot pie fiend and have been wanting to do a pot pie feature on my blog. Thinking this would be an amazing one to start with.

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          1. re: plumpdumpling

            How about a lobster pot pie tour?? Lobster rolls for an appetizer.

            1. re: Motosport

              Great idea. MenuPages seems to think there are at least 11 lobster pot pies being served in the city. And they will be mine.

          2. More than 15 year ago now, my father and I went in search of the Lobster Pot Pie at Pearl's Oyster Bar. He had " read about it in the paper" and knew we just had to try it. Off we went together on one of our food hunts! I confess, not being so familiar with that area of the city, and having driven in from the 'burbs, it took us a bit of time to get ourselves to Pearl's. It wasn't late, mind you- it had just been a real " pain in the tuchus" as my father commented when we finally walked in.
            We were seated promptly and ordered those Lobster Pot Pies ASAP...only to be told that there were no more. Sold out. It was 7:30. My father beside himself! All that shlepping and no pot pie. We did order other good food, but it lost its luster a bit since it wasn't our main attraction.
            I've still never had one of these elusive Lobster Pot Pies, but I enjoyed thinking about the time we tried.