One way to ward off the chill of autumn is with a hot chicken potpie. Pick the wrong restaurant, and it's more like chicken potluck. These places are some of the city's better options.
6-8 W. Cross St.
HOURS // noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily Sobo Cafe makes only a number of these pies per night, so call in early to stake a claim. A nearly foot-long slab of crust covers a homey mix of vegetables and chicken in this $11 pie. Chunks of dark andwhite meat (one with a bone still in it) swim through a thick broth next to carrot slices as wide as quarters.
21 N. Eutaw St.
HOURS // 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily MaggieMoore's potpie, $12.60, features one huge puffed-pastry shamrock floating on top of a salty stew. Most of the chicken is dark and tender, and the pie was baked long enough to allow the flavors tomingle without drying themeat.
616 S. President St.
HOURS // 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Served in a round aluminum container, James Joyce's potpie, $11.50, resembles a pre-made one you'd buy in a supermarket and heat up-but the similarity ends there. Smaller cubes of carrots, chicken, potatoes and peas in a creamy sauce hide under a piping-hot crust. Twowarmdinner rolls alsowere included in a separate plastic box.
1700 Thames St.
HOURS // 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Four sweet pastry shamrocks garnish Slainte's potpie, $12.60. The stewis extra smooth and rich, and an order there also comes with a side salad.
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