Savory Pies: Warm, Buttery and Delicious

By: Toni Cunningham | November 1, 2013
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Remember that quote from Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”? Well, it seems like the last time I looked around, it was summer, and now there’s frost on the ground every morning. It’s official: we can kiss those unseasonably warm days goodbye, because it’s now November and the cold is here to stay!

Recently, I bestowed upon you some great local restaurants to stop by for a bowl of hearty soup to warm your bones. However, it’s going to be a long while before we feel the warmth again, folks, and one can exist on only soup for so long. Luckily, there are plenty of other savory comfort foods to get us through the impending chilly months.

One such comfort food? Savory pies. Cousin to the sweet, pumpkin variety, they provide just as much comfort, but slightly less guilt.

Whether you prefer chicken pot pie, Shepherd’s pie, vegetarian pot pie or something in between, the following Metro Detroit eateries will not disappoint:

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Dangerously Delicious Pies, located inside the Third Street Bar at 4626 Third St., Detroit, is Detroit’s “rock n’ roll” pie shop, serving different varieties of deliciousness in a flaky crust daily. Such savory pie options include SMOG (steak, mushroom, onion and gruyere), Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork, Sausage Tomato Fennel, and Veggie Con-Quiche-Da-Dor. Available whole or by the slice, you’ll be making a stop at this bar often, and not just for the beer.

Achatz Pie Co., with several Metro Detroit locations, creates nine different savory pie varieties, so there’s really no excuse that you can’t find anything to suit your taste buds. They’ve got pies to appease the vegetarians among us (Spinach Pot Pie, Vegetarian Pot Pie, Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche, Garlic & Five Cheese Quiche, Mediterranean Quiche), as well as meat and seafood lovers (Beef Pot Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Seafood Pot Pie, Turkey Pot Pie). Achatz’s pies are available at local retailers, including Whole Foods, Hillers, Kroger, Plum Market, Papa Joe’s and more, so you can pick one up while you grocery shop. What could be easier?

Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, serves a pot pie that is available for dinner only. The Chicken Cordon Blue Pot Pie crust is packed with chicken, ham, Swiss cheese and potato, then topped with marsala gravy and served on a bed of kale. Feel free to dash there now and finish reading this article at a later date.

Polonia Restaurant, 2934 Yemans St., Hamtramck, is one of the area’s most well known Polish restaurants, where authentic dishes are a guarantee and different specialties are served every day. Tuesday is Chicken Pie day, when for $6.50, you can try out a delicious twist on the classic chicken pot pie.

24grille, 204 Michigan Ave., Detroit, is a chic bistro located inside the Westin Book Cadillac building. Even though the restaurant is upscale, it doesn’t shy away from staples like comfort food. The menu includes Short Rib Shepherds Pie, which is drizzled with a caramelized mirepoix and served with fennel potato puree. Anything that resembles mashed potatoes is something I’m down for.

Detroit Beer Company, 1529 Broadway, Detroit, is known for its brews, but still has a pretty impressive food menu. There are several dishes that fall under “Brewery Favorites,” including Brewmaster’s Shepherd’s Pie. The dish consists of seasoned ground beef, corn, onions, cheese and mashed potatoes. If you’re interested in sampling it but are considering another entrée, try the Cup-o-Shepherd’s Pie for an appetizer.

Pronto, 608 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, features a classic Chicken Pot Pie on its menu (full of carrots, celery, onions, peas and potatoes), as well as a Veggie Shepherd’s Pie. The meatless option includes onion, carrots, celery, peas, broccoli and red peppers. All of that veggie goodness is tossed with a tomato sauce and topped with a generous layer of mashed potatoes, then browned.

While most of us adore apple, pecan and pumpkin pie, sadly, it’s hard to justify making a slice of something sugary a main course. Enjoy one of these savory pie slices for dinner, then move on to something sweet for dessert.