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with my nephew, The Original "P". I've lived in Arcadia for most of my life - a long, long time - but I never, ever ate at Moffett's. I'm glad that he and I found the resolve to do so.
Although chicken pie is the main draw at Moffett's, other items on the menu include salads, sandwiches, grilled liver and onions, hamburgers, and assorted desserts like fruit ambrosia! Old school!
What I ate:
"P" and I both ordered the Chicken Pie Dinner (10.15 USD): A delicious chicken pie filled with lots of tender chicken and gravy. Dinners served with choice of soup or salad, whipped potatoes, gravy, vegetable, bread & butter, and dessert.
First course: Navy Bean Soup (me) and Cole Slaw ("P"). I liked the soup immensely. It had good consistency and pieces of smoked ham that imbued the soup with an amazing smoky-salty-umami flavor. Navy Bean Soup is pretty easy to make, but the amalgam of the few ingredients is something special.
I tried some of "P"s Cole Slaw. It reminded me of Reser's brand coleslaw (sold in major supermarkets) minus the icky flavor of Reser's. It was satisfactory.
Fresh baked Demi Loaf. The bread was baked in house, but I suspect that it wasn't mixed in house. The demi loaf was a simple yeast bread with a fine crumb. It was good with the salted butter and honey provided alongside it. I ripped off a slice and put it to my nose: there was a pleasing acrid-alcohol smell from the spent yeast.
Second Course: Chicken Pie: Served with mashed potatoes & gravy and peas & carrots. The pastry shell of the pie was flaky and tender - very nice. The gravy was light and tasty. (The gravy inside the pie and the gravy poured over the plate was the same.) The Chicken Pie was excellent.
Third course: Rhubarb Pie (me) and Jello ("P"). The Rhubarb Pie wasn't all that great. I overheard some other customers rave about Moffett's berry pie so I wanted some, but the kitchen ran out of it before "P" and I hit our dessert course. Back to the Rhubarb Pie, the crust and filling were on the dry side - lacking richness - and the rhubarb wasn't of the best quality.
"P" enjoyed his Jello. I tried some with a bit of the whipped cream and it was nice enough. I'd like to meet the person who can screw up making jello.
There was a combo dinner on the menu (one extra chicken pie) that cost only two bucks more (12.65 USD)! In the future, I might share a combo dinner with someone else rather than eat a regular dinner on my own: I thought there was a lot of food (too much for me) included in the regular dinner.
Business seemed to be doing well. When "P" and I got there, the restaurant was packed.
Parking: No problem.
The Bill: Around 22 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (good). Open Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 9 PM. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Takeout available. www.facebook.com/pages/Moffets-Chicken-Pie-Shoppe
Last Word: I hope Moffett's never dies like disco did. Yes, I said it: Disco is dead.
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