When the leaves explode into a fiery array of colors and the mercury starts dipping down, you begin yearning for comfort food classics. There are few dishes more perfect for this time of year than good old-fashioned pot pies with golden crusts and stewy centers. Here are 11 restaurants serving pot pies that will give you all the fall feels. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 52,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.
Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Underneath the golden crust you’ll find a two-pound Maine lobster. It’s swimming in a brandied lobster cream sauce punctuated with seasonal vegetables. As if that all wasn’t enough, it’s finished with black truffles.
Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.
Summer Day, New York, New York
This hearty chicken pot pie arrives in a dainty cast iron pan. The lightweight, crispy crust hides roasted vegetables tossed in rosemary bechamel. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a chilly autumn day.
Make a reservation at Summer Day.
Mon Ami Gabi, Chicago, Illinois
Available on Wednesdays, the beef short rib en croute is a real treat. Break through the puff pastry to release an aromatic cloud. After the delicious haze has dissipated, you can dig into the 18-hour braised short ribs paired with a bounty of roasted root vegetables, such as parsnip, celery root, and butternut squash.
Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi.
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Castaway, Burbank, California
With a lobster’s head popping out of the crust like a figurehead on a ship’s bow, this potpie was built for Instagram. A one-pound lobster sits in an ocean with Thai curry coconut velouté interspersed with green apple. Adding a sunny sensibility is a poached egg set in the center of the puff pastry topping.
Make a reservation at Castaway.
The Smith – U Street, Washington, D.C.
Now you can have a pot pie for breakfast. Featuring a cheddar-biscuit crust, it’s filled with sweet sausage, bacon, cremini mushrooms, and topped with two sunny up eggs. Everything you need to start the day right.
Make a reservation at The Smith – U Street.
Big 4 Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Sometimes all you want is a classic. This pot pie packs everything you’ve come to expect under its golden puff pastry lid. There are generous chunks of chicken, which are lavished with sweet vermouth velouté and accented with aromatics.
Make a reservation at Big 4 Restaurant.
The Mockingbird, Nashville, Tennessee
This pot pie has the best name ever: In Pie We Crust. The golden pastry top conceals chicken and pearl onions in a rich bechamel sauce. As if that wasn’t rich enough, there’s truffle butter involved, too.
Make a reservation at the Mockingbird.
Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Chicago, Illinois
Served straight from the oven, this inside out pot pie is a steamy beauty. Buttery crust cradles rotisserie chicken, sweet corn, carrots, peas, and celery. Try not to make too much of a scene getting every last morsel out of the ramekin.
Make a reservation at Mity Nice Bar & Grill.
Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C.
The vegetable pot pie is a surprisingly decadent dish. Heirloom fall vegetables sitting in a mushroom gravy are topped with a black Burgundy truffle crust, brown butter crumble, and a petite salad. It’s finished off with freshly shaved white Alba truffles.
Make a reservation at Blue Duck Tavern.
Brabo Alexandria, Virginia
Available in the Tasting Room, this chicken pot pie is rich and luxurious. Chicken thighs are cooked in a creamy heavy sauce along with carrots, peas, green beans, onions, and turnips. The sumptuous stew is topped with a freshly baked puff pastry cap.
Make a reservation at Brabo.
The Smith, Chicago, Illinois
At first glance, this chicken pot pie seems traditional. However, the braised chicken, baby portobello mushrooms, and pearl onions are baked inside a cheddar biscuit. You’ll experience all the warm, homey feelings for hours after you eat it.
Make a reservation at the Smith.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
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