When October rolls around, comfort-food cravings ramp up. We want a hearty, satisfying chicken potpie. Orange County boasts some fine examples, but these two rise to the top. Find out which is our favorite.
3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar,
➡ This puff-pastry potpie is as classic as they come—brown and beautiful with a mountainous crust. $12
➡ Robustly flavored and appropriately tender, the Jidori chicken upholds its reputation.
➡ Flavorful gravy surrounds perfectly cooked veggies—the peas, carrots, and potatoes are sweet, with the proper toothsome bite.
➡A light, flaky crust is the desired golden topper. A bottom crust, though, is nowhere to be found.
270 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa,
➡ The Southern Comfort is an Aussie take on traditional chicken potpie, served piping hot. $6.50
➡ An exceptionally light and buttery crust cradles the thick, chicken-heavy filling.
➡ Traditional celery, potato, peas, and carrots in a white-wine cream sauce are elevated by a jolt of thyme and black pepper.
➡ Fresh from the oven, this pie is ready to eat with a fork or sturdy enough to eat out of hand.
The humble appeal of Pie-Not’s yummy offering sates a craving, but the polished SideDoor pie, above, and the cozy pub vibe that comes with it, is hard to beat.