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Check This Out…

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Chicken Pot Pies are on a long list of ultimate comfort foods. It all starts with a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch. A rich creamy, flavorful chicken gravy, also made from scratch, and a filling of freshly roasted chicken, with the addition of peas, carrots, salt, pepper, thyme, sage, garlic powder, onion powder and any other herbs and spices that person baking it decides to add.

Most people’s first taste of pot pies in the modern era, probably came from your grocer’s freezer. I remember eating countless pot pies growing up.

When your single mother has limited funds, she buys a freezer load of these pre-made gems. Whenever they would go on sale, they were 4 for $1.00, so mom was able to feed herself and her 3 children without breaking the bank. My mother thought that was expensive because when she was growing up, she told us her mother bought pot pies that were on sale, 10 for a $1.00. 1970’s inflation…what are you going to do?

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I specifically remember Banquet & Swanson pot pies being the most purchased brands in the 1970’s in my neck of the woods. I also remember Swanson having their “Hungry Man” deep dish turkey pot pies in the freezer section of Waldbaum’s. That was the grocery store we shopped at most in our neighborhood on Long Island.

I think Birdseye had pot pies, as did Marie Callendar’s, but I don’t ever recall eating those back in the day. Costco & Sam’s Club have become popular spots to pick up a take and bake version of their bakery made gigantic pot pies.

We all know there’s nothing better than a freshly made pot pie, right out of the oven. Whether you make it yourself, or pick one up from your favorite bakery, farm, or restaurant, you’re in for a heavenly eating experience.

Let’s take a look at some of the places that were highly recommended by the food loving folks in New Jersey.

  • Tom Bailey's Market - 1323 3rd Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

    Just a couple of miles down the road from work. Tom Bailey’s homemade chicken pot pies are filled with savory goodness. Their soups deserve the same amount of love, especially in the cold months. Thanks to Jamie for the recommendation. We already knew.

  • Huddy's Inn - 206 County Rd 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

    A few people mentioned how delicious Huddy’s Inn’s pot pies are. They’re a deconstructed version of a chicken pot pie. Creamy chicken gravy over the chicken and vegetables with a beautiful puff pastry crust laying on top.

  • Hinck's Turkey Farm - 1414 Atlantic Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736

    It’s not just about turkey at this iconic establishment. They make incredible pot pies! Beef, turkey, and chicken pot pies are enjoyed by thousands of locals. They have their annual turkey pot pie sale in February. February 23th, 24th   2023 Buy two frozen, uncooked, 12oz.TURKEY POT PIE for $5.95 each, and get a third one for only 1¢.

    That’s three Pot Pies for only $11.91!*

    * Requires a $20 qualifying purchase on something, other than, our frozen Turkey Pot Pies.

  • Long Branch Poultry Farm - 264 Branchport Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    I have to agree with Bob, Pam, and several others who chose this place as a favorite. LBPF has some of the best pot pies in Monmouth County! Excellent rotisserie chickens and chicken salad too!  Cash or check only.

  • Sickles Market - 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver, NJ 07739 & 200 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Sickle’s has served our community since 1908! They do everything right, including their luxurious chicken pot pie, stuffed with Onion, Celery, Carrot, Peas, Red Potato, Chicken Stock, Roux, Chicken Meat, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Peas. 

  • 502 Baking Company - 502 Brick Blvd, Brick Township, NJ 08723

    Famous for their delicious Key Lime Pie, and almost as famous for their Chicken Pot Pie. Several fans weighed in to say, “You need to try the chicken pot pie!”  Exceptional baked good, including gluten free options.

  • Lenny's Silverton Market - 1824 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 & Lenny's Colonial Ranch Market - 3108 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

    Both Lenny’s locations offer quality products and amazing customer service. Mark , Paul, and several other folks called my attention to their homemade Chicken Pot Pies.

  • Breakin Bread Eatery - 1177 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Chicken Pot Pies, hot and fresh. Jimmy suggests you call ahead to make sure they have them because sell out quickly. Don’t forget to put your order in for their sought after Pizzagaina for the holidays.

  • The Crazy Baker Cafe - 1071 NJ-37 #5, Toms River, NJ 08755

    I’ve had the personal sized quiche here, and it was delicious and very filling. I was just tipped off by a few people including Bonnie, who claim, the chicken pot pie is even better than the quiche. If that’s the case, I’m on my way.

  • Three B's Bar and Bistro - 314 NJ-70, Lakehurst, NJ 08733

    I can tell lots of love goes into making food here at Three B’s. The pierogies are like your Polish Babcia is in their kitchen. The French onion soup, and the comfort of their savory pot pie, loaded with rotisserie chicken, carrots, potatoes, onions, and peas in their signature sage thyme gravy.  Dawn and Kelly gave them high praise, and so do I. I hope Chef Angelo knows how much people love his food.

  • KFC - Locations across the United States

    Are you thinking, “Why the heck would Robyn include a food chain when she normally focuses on locally owned small businesses?” Two reasons, easy access when you can’t get your local favorite’s version, and they’re really good!  Even though KFC is a chain, a local person may own the franchise in your town. By the way, locals across Jersey chose KFC as one of their favorite pot pies.

  • Merri Makers Chefs Market - 511 Herbertsville Rd Side Bldg, Brick Township, NJ 08724

    This is a great place for both catering and takeout. The Chicken Pot Pie is loaded with both white & dark meat, hearty vegetables in a  chicken velouté sauce with a flaky pastry tart. Make sure to grab a blueberry pie for dessert. Thanks to Julie and company for the suggestion.

  • Bruno's Meat Market - 747 N Main St, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    Not just a meat market, but a place to grab a hearty sub, sandwich, and a bounty of food for your next party. Catherine L. highly recommends their homestyle chicken pot pie. I don’t see it on the regular menu, so you may have to call ahead to see if it’s available.

  • The 'World Famous' Waiting Room - 66 E Cherry St, Rahway, NJ 07065

    Rob laid down the love for the chicken pot pie at The Waiting Room.

  • Goffle Road Poultry Farm - 549 Goffle Rd, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

    A huge crowd came out in support of this 4th generation owned family business. They let me know that this place is their place for an incredible chicken or turkey pot pie. Offering superior quality food with Halal options.

  • Quiet Man Pub - 64 E McFarlan St, Dover, NJ 07801

    A great Irish pub with homemade Shepherd’s Pie and an insanely good homemade chicken pot pie with a puff pastry crust and corn fritter. If you’re not convinced, be aware that the Quiet Man Pub is a Zagat rated joint.

  • Wellington Pot Pies - Bergen County

    All beef, chicken, pork, and turkey are 100% American raised and processed in the United States, and contain no antibiotics, growth hormones or preservatives.  Online ordering available and Bergen County New Jersey deliveries are free, or very low cost, depending upon your location.  The minimum order is four pies. Shipping frozen pies are a bit more expensive due to the weight and packing required. If you would like a quote please contact us either via email (wellingtonpotpies@gmail.com) or phone call (201-446-2973) with an address and how many pot pies you would like. We’ll get back to you with the cost as soon as possible.

  • Le Bon Choix - 11 Godwin Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

    French cafe fare & locally sourced, rotisserie chicken served in a snug space with a homey ambiance. I’m intrigued! I’ve been told the chicken pot pie is to die for. Loaded with chicken in a velvety sauce, topped with a flaky puff pastry crust.  

  • Abram Demaree Homestead & Farm - 110 Schraalenburgh Rd, Closter, NJ 07624

    Built in 1760, this incredible place offers local honey, eggs, soups, fruit pies, chicken pot pies, and so much more!  They also have a vintage goods shop, If you’re treasure seeker, then you should check it out. Jewelry, furniture, antiques, crafts, home goods, clothes, handbags, art, collectibles, books, decor, and more. Operating in both the Demaree House and in the large barn beside the main house. Open Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5 p.m. 

  • Creekside Farm - : 431 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township, NJ 07928

    If you love Zook’s homemade pot pies, no need to travel to Pennsylvania, Creekside Farm is stocked with these Pennsylvania gems ready for you to take home and enjoy. Bring the kiddies so they can visit the animals. The animals love company.

  • Villa Deli - 507 Williamstown Rd #1, Sicklerville, NJ 08081

    The South Jersey crew is crazy about the pot pies here. Christine R. said the chicken pot pies are a Thursday special.

    Villa Deli Sicklerville Nj Chicken Pot Pie

     

  • Williamstown Farmers Market - 701 N Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ 08094

    Over a dozen people mentioned the Amish market here carries Zook’s Pot Pies. The filling is slow cooked, and loaded with lots of chicken and vegetables in a rich creamy gravy. A taste of Lancaster in Williamstown.

  • Johnson's Corner Farm - 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ 08055

    Chicken or turkey pot pie is what’s for dinner at Johnson’s Corner Farm. The drive through is open Monday through Saturday from 8 to 4. The cider donuts are incredible too!

  • Haddon Culinary - 741 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 & 9 Kings Hwy W, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

    Food writer, Marilyn Johnson and South Jersey foodie, Jeff Gola both swoon over Haddon Culinary pot pies. Chef James Liuzza, jumped into the online conversation mentioning, that they make their all butter crust by hand and fill it with a generous portion of their hearty filling of chicken, that is poached in homemade stock, vegetables, and potatoes. They do a 32 ounce deep dish pie, big enough for 2, or 1 if you’re really hungry.

  • The Kibitz Room - 100 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

    Thomas, and a few other folks surprised us with this choice. Known mainly for their incredible Jewish deli classics, it’s now come to our attention that they bake a mean chicken pot pie with an incredible gravy. I found a photo on Instagram, and I’m in love!

  • Deluxe Italian Bakery - 680 E Clements Bridge Rd, Runnemede, NJ 08078

    Joel B. gave this bakery a high 5 for their chicken pot pies. “From mouthwatering homemade chicken pot pies to decadent cakes and our signature cut cream doughnuts, we’ve got the perfect remedy for the cold weather blues.”

  • Avenue Diner - 222 Haddon Ave, West Berlin, NJ 08091

    Nadine mentioned she went for the first time and had the chicken pot pie and it was amazing. In fact after reading her comment, I did a little digging online and found several people raving about the pot pies at the Avenue Diner. They also have beef and seafood pot pies, plus they sell take and bake versions so you can enjoy them at home.

  • The Smithville Inn - 1 N New York Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205

    The Smithville Inn was ranked #1 in New Jersey for the BEST chicken pot pie in the entire state according to my survey. I lost count of how many people either commented online, emailed or messaged me, saying that the Smithville Inn should be on my bucket list if I’m looking for an incredible pot pie experience.

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