Pot Pies, Meat Pies, and Other Delicious Savory Pies to Eat in Philly Now

All the gravy-filled, buttery-crust-topped goodness you need right now.

Di Bruno Bro.’s beef and veggie pot pie | Photo by Jackie Botto

Buttery pastry, slow-cooked meat, gravy, and tender veggies all in a piping hot dish. We’re talking about pie — specifically savory pie, like chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, and British meat pies. Here, a guide to help you find all those stick-to-your-ribs goodies all over Philly and the ‘burbs.

Chicken Pot Pie

Fork, Old City
Seasonal root veggies take center stage in Fork’s chicken pot pie. Expect to find cubes of rutabaga, sweet potato and turnip, plus shiitake mushrooms mixed in with the chicken, under a flaky puff pastry crust. It’s served in a mini cast iron pan, which is perfect for chilly outdoor dining, and it’s also available — sans pan — for takeout.


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Fitz and Starts, Queen Village
Pat O’Malley has been offering a few frozen, ready-to-heat meals to make dinnertime a bit easier. His square chicken pot pie feeds two and features local, pasture-raised chicken from Keiser’s Pheasantry, plus the standard potatoes, celery, carrots, and onion filling.

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Balboa Catering, Frankford / Delivery
With events on pause, local caterers have gotten creative. Balboa Catering offers its hearty chicken pot pie for pickup in Frankford or local delivery. The seven-inch pie comes frozen and ready to bake in under an hour.

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Frecon Farms, Boyertown
Berks County’s Frecon Farms makes its chicken pot pies — crust, gravy, and all — from scratch and brings them to farmers markets in Rittenhouse and Bryn Mawr. They come in 5-inch personal and 9-inch family sizes. Look for variations like sausage and spinach or steak and ale.

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Harp & Crown, Center City
Everything is extra-glamorous at Michael Schulson’s Harp & Crown, even the humble chicken pot pie. Look at that crust, man.

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Tela’s, Fairmount
Like many of its prepared foods, local ingredients are the key to this neighborhood market’s chicken pot pies: Each one is stuffed with slow-cooked, antibiotic-free chicken, carrots, celery, onion and organic potatoes and topped with puff pastry.

Darnel’s Cakes, Old City
“Cakes” is in the name, so yeah, it’s a bakery that specializes in desserts and sweet things like cookies, brownies, pastries, and, you know, cakes. Also on the menu? Pizza pockets, spicy chicken sandwiches, and personal pot pies, baked in small tins so you don’t have to share with anybody.

Not-So-Classic Pies 


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The Dandelion, Rittenhouse
We’re all about this puff pastry–topped rabbit pie with oyster mushrooms and smoky bacon at Stephen Starr’s Brit-themed pub. But  you can be basic and get the lamb shepherd’s pie, too, if that’s more your speed.


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Hill’s Quality Seafood Markets, Main Line
Head west of the city to try Hill’s seafood pot pies. Each one is creamy and briny with shrimp, bay scallops, clams, white fish, and red bliss potatoes. They come frozen. 


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Nomadic Pies, Kennett Square
Chester County’s Nomadic Pie scores points for the sheer number of savory pies it bakes up. Think chicken curry pie, pizza pot pie with sausage, cheese potato pie, and a dozen other creative and delicious creations.

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The Olde Bar, Old City
At Olde Bar, lobster and smoked scallops sub in for the traditional chicken. This Lobster Pot Pie — that also includes sherry cream and root vegetables — goes for $35. It’s available for dine-in and takeout.


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Reading Terminal Market, Center City
Swing through Reading Terminal Market to pick up an array of pies. You’ll find classic chicken pot pie at Molly Malloy’s, chicken and beef hand pies at Careda’s Carribean Cuisine, and seafood pot pie — with lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon, cod, crab, potato, carrots, corn, and peas for just $12 — at Umi Seafood.

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Rex 1516, Graduate Hospital
This pie’s been on the menu since the Southern-themed restaurant opened nearly 10 years ago—and it’s still a favorite. The kitchen mixes spicy crawfish étouffée with pecorino, pepper jack, and cheddar cheese, and tops it with a golden pie crust. 

Shepherd’s Pie

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Midtown Village
One of the most popular dishes at McGillin’s has long been the Shepherd’s Pie. The Irish pub makes it with slow-cooked chopped sirloin and vegetables, covered with whipped potatoes, plus garlic bread for sopping up every last drop. It’s served piping hot in an individual crock.

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Pinwheel Provisions, Narberth / Delivery
Pinwheel’s ready-to-bake, beer-infused Shepherd’s Pie is available for pickup in Narberth or home delivery. The fresh-frozen food specialist simmers ground beef, carrots, onions, and peas in ale and tops the mixture with buttery mashed potatoes. It comes with detailed heating instructions to make this meal just right.

Di Bruno Bros., various locations
Everyone’s favorite cheese shop also offers a variety of ready-to-heat meals, including a red wine braised beef and vegetable pot pie and Shepherd’s Pie with buttery mashed Idaho potatoes and a twist. The earthy spice you can’t quite put your finger on? It’s a pinch of Madras curry powder. 


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Little Susie’s Coffee & Pie, Fishtown
Little Susie’s specializes in hands pies, which is different from everything else on this list. But hey, they do a PRC pie (pork roll and cheese with a little mustard), and two of those in each hand work better than those hand-warmers you carry around this time of year.

British-style Pies 


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English Offerings, Media
A British expat runs English Offerings, a takeout operation that offers a meat pie that involves lightly smoked, slow cooked beef in gravy with extra gravy on the side, and a pie with Welsh cheddar, onions, and potatoes. Throw in some mashed potatoes and a sticky toffee pudding for a filling English meal.


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Stargazy, East Passyunk 

South Philly’s popular British pie shop sells freshly baked pies in the traditional beef and onion combo with mashed potatoes and parsley liquor, plus rotating specials each day. Mouthwatering vegetarian pies, like braised kale and roasted creminis in a creamy truffle cheese sauce, are available daily. 

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pies

High Fidelity Bakery, various locations and delivery
The 5″ personal pie features marinated roasted tofu, oven-roasted potatoes and carrots, peas, and sautéed celery and onions in an almond-milk based gravy topped with a flaky pie crust. It’s available for delivery and can also be found at Crust Vegan Bakery, Batter & Crumbs, Heart Beet Kitchen, and V Marks The Shop.