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Molly Pitcher Inn Pot Pie Disaster.........

Last night my travels found me stopping by the Molly Pitcher Inn for a couple of cocktails. (well to be perfectly honest, rumor has it a friend's wife threw him out of the house and he has taken up residence there, so I was kind of snooping a little bit to see if I ran into him.....shhhhhhhh)

Anywho....while I was enjoying my "martini"*, I noticed the waiter bring out a chicken pot pie and serve it to a table. The reason why it caught my eye is at first glance I thought it was a souffle, which I thought was odd to be on a tray with a few entree's going to a table. It was a typical souffle bowl, with a large fluffy muffin style top, typical of a souffle. As I watched the server present the plates to the table he placed a plate in front of the person, removed the pastry muffing top, then scooped out the contents, which was chicken pot pie, over the flaky crust top.

I've got to tell you I was rather put off by this. I have seen this presentation before, but not at a restaurant the caliber of the Molly Pitcher Inn......to me it's kind of lazy and sloppy. The crust immediately get's soggy as the contents are poured over it, that's not how I want to eat a chicken pot pie. (not that I would really order that out to begin with)

What's your thought(s)? I'm rather disappointed although I cannot comment on the flavor, quality, taste, I just don't like this execution for this dish.

*use of term "Martini" loosely before MGZ chastises me that drinking straight vodka chilled with olives is not real martini.

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  1. Ha! It is in my book.

    This does sound gross and soggy. I prefer a good old school chicken pot pie with a regular old pie crust on top. Wouldn't that make your mouth water as it was presented to you? I don't like it when waiters have their hands on my food anyway. If part of the appeal is to remove the top, explain it to me and I'll do it. It's not rocket science.

    Sounds like an inexperienced chef who is trying to change things up a bit or impress his customers with his "new" interpretation (and it's not new).

    1. LOL...call your drink anything you want to, LOL.

      Anyway, regarding the presentation...no, no thank you...I'll eat my chicken pot pie the way I want to. Who is to say there is a "proper" way to serve and eat this. I find that people who are too rigid, caught up in definitions, semantics, etc. -- that's their choice; but it doesn't have to be mine.

      1. When we were young, Bernie's Deli was down the block
        He made a great liver pate
        (You know he did, you know he did, you know he did)
        But if there's one thing in this world that I like better
        Than a corned beef on rye

        It's Chicken Pot Pie
        Chicken Pot Pie

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        1. re: ebchower

          Bernie's Deli......I know he did, I know he did, I know he did!!

          He was down the block across the street from that other place. Sure.......Bernie's!!! Remember what people would shout when he walked in a room....."Hey it's Bernie!!" Many happy memories. People use to think Bernie named the place after himself, but it was actually his uncle on his mothers side!

        2. Agree - leave my pot pie alone (and make mine a gin "martini"*)!

          Maybe they do this to protect other martini* drinkers from accidentally touching a very hot bowl?!

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          1. re: Foody4life

            A bit off topic, but I suppose I have become my father/grandfather when it comes to martinis....gin, and a whisper of vermouth, with olives. I see various libations on a TJMcFunzees menu labeled martinis, but not in my book.

            And a pot pie is a pot pie is a pot pie...leave it alone!

          2. Isn't part of the pleasure of a pot pie that first crack into the crust as the steam escapes? Why take that away from the customer? Odd.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Exactly!!! Right?? Especially at a place like the Molly Pitcher, I really expected much better. (You are from Jersey you know the Molly right?)

              1. re: jrvedivici

                Absolutely. Been there for brunch, Rotary meetings, a wedding or two. Why would they need to 'assist' anyone with digging into a chicken pot pie?

              2. re: HillJ

                Amen! One of the last remaining simple pleasures in life!