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Mushroom and kale is a staple at Pleasant House Pub in Pilsen.
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Where to Eat Savory Pies in Chicago

America needs to embrace savory pies

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Mushroom and kale is a staple at Pleasant House Pub in Pilsen.
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Sweet pies get all the attention, but anyone who thinks pie should be limited just to dessert is missing out. A pot pie or a slice of savory pie or quiche is an entire meal. And while chicken pot pie is still the most popular in America, there’s a whole world of breakfast, lunch, and dinner pie out there — literally. Chicago piemakers incorporate flavors from all parts of the globe to satisfy just about any taste. Here’s a list of places you can find them.

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Junebug Cafe

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Now on the North Side, Junebug Cafe has expanded its offerings with hand pies. A breakfast version features eggs, cheese, green onion, and bacon. There’s also a ground beef pie with Louisiana spices, and a red bean and rice version for vegetarians.

Chiya Chai Cafe

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Chiya Chai Cafe’s pies are available both in Logan Square and in the newly opened Loop location, and they each have a distinct Indian and Nepali: masala chicken, chicken balti, spicy pork with garlic and ginger, and a vegetarian option with curried kale and potatoes.

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

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Though it’s best known for its sweet pies, Bang Bang Pie also sells savory pies and quiches. The menu varies depending on the season, but there’s usually a classic chicken pot pie and a vegetarian Southern tomato, filled with spicy tomatoes and cheddar cheese.

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

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Sweet pies and quiches rotate endlessly through the Spinning J pastry case, but there are two savory constants on the pie menu: chicken pot pie and saag paneer pot pie, the latter based on the Indian dish made with cottage cheese and spinach. Eat them at the Spinning J’s vintage soda fountain or purchase a pie to reheat at home.

Sultan's Market

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Sultan’s Market, the quick-serve Wicker Park Middle Eastern restaurant, offers three choices: beef and lamb, vegetarian egg and cheese, and the classic spinach, which, as served here, also happens to be vegan. Sultan’s also has locations in Lakeview and Logan Square.

Forbidden Root

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This West Town brewery is inside a former movie theater and was known for adding botanicals to its beers in funky ways. There’s a vegetarian mushroom pot pie on the menu with wild mushrooms and “porcini caramel.” This is only available in West Town, not at a second location in Ravenwsood.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

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The Hoosier Mama pie selection never skimps on the savory options. Chicken pot pie is usually available whole or by the slice, but, should they appear, don’t pass up the pork apple sage supper pie or the chicken tomatillo pot pie. There’s also a daily selection of hand pies. Hoosier Mama has an additional location in Evanston.

At this modern Korean fine dining restaurant, chef Dave Park only offers his caramelized kimchi and braised beef pie during the holiday season, for Thanksgiving and Christmas preorders, and fans have to be on high alert in order to score one before they sell out via Tock.

Beard & Belly and Honeypie Bakery

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What started as a residency at the Long Room, an Irving Park bar, has blossomed into a bustling bar and restaurant in Edgewater that operates with a bakery from Milwuakee’s Honeypie. There’s a trio of savory hand pie options on the current menu: huevos rancheros made with chicken chorizo; classic chicken pot pie; and red been and rice, a veggie option made with okra.

Barangaroos Aussie Pies

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Instead of hamburgers, Australians eat their meat, vegetable, and bread together in pie form. But they eat them the same way, with their hands and smeared with ketchup. Barangaroos serves the classic mince — beef and sauteed onion — but there’s a long list of other flavors, including chicken tikka masala, Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and a vegan shepherd’s pie. The West Loop location inside Chicago’s French Market carries a more limited selection.

Armitage Alehouse

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Hogsalt Hospitality’s (Au Cheval) British pub has a menu that’s a bit all over the place, one that includes a hint of South Asian influence. The pot pie menu is filled with very rich and savory options, including pheasant and foie gras, oxtail and red wine, steak and ale, and the classic chicken.

Pleasant House Pub

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Pleasant House in Pilsen has a whole section of its menu devoted to its Royal Pies, which come with traditional fillings like steak and ale, and less traditional ones like vegan squash and sweet potato. Order them with a topping of mashed potato, or grab a few frozen pies to eat at home. The spinach and kale should be enjoyed be all, even meat-mad diners.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

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A polarizing dish, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company does not serve traditional pizza, its one served table side by inverted the dish it came on. The signature item, for more than five decades, has been the pizza pot pie: a thick crust stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, sausage, and mushrooms (there’s also a vegetarian option). Frozen pies are also available for home consumption.

The Walnut Room

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Open since 1907, the Walnut Room survived Marshall Field’s transformation into Macy’s with most of its menu intact, including the chicken pot pie. (The recipe, developed by a millinery clerk named Mrs. Hering, actually dates back to 1890, when it was served in an earlier Field’s location.) Lunch there is a classic Chicago experience, especially during the holiday season, when the room is dominated by an enormous Christmas tree.

Miller's Pub

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Miller’s Pub is a classic Chicago establishment in the Loop with a large dining room and bar filled with old photos and city decorations. Perhaps it’s the holidays and someone didn’t secure a reservations at Macy’s Walnut Room, for Marshall Field’s legendary chicken pot pie, or you just want to switch things up a little bit. But Miller’s Pub offers its own spin on chicken pot pie with carrots, peas, and classic rich broth.

Justice Of The Pies

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Chicago pie whiz Maya-Camille Broussard named her pie business after her father, Stephen Broussard, a criminal defense attorney and pie enthusiast. After years as a pop-up and virtual operation, the bakery in 2023 opened a permanent location in Avalon Park. Broussard, who gained national fame as a breakout star on Netflix’s Bake Squad, serves sumptuous quiches and savory pies. The selection varies, and also of note is Broussard isn’t afraid of mingling savory and sweet, so be on the look out for special selections.

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Junebug Cafe

Now on the North Side, Junebug Cafe has expanded its offerings with hand pies. A breakfast version features eggs, cheese, green onion, and bacon. There’s also a ground beef pie with Louisiana spices, and a red bean and rice version for vegetarians.

Chiya Chai Cafe

Chiya Chai Cafe’s pies are available both in Logan Square and in the newly opened Loop location, and they each have a distinct Indian and Nepali: masala chicken, chicken balti, spicy pork with garlic and ginger, and a vegetarian option with curried kale and potatoes.

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Though it’s best known for its sweet pies, Bang Bang Pie also sells savory pies and quiches. The menu varies depending on the season, but there’s usually a classic chicken pot pie and a vegetarian Southern tomato, filled with spicy tomatoes and cheddar cheese.

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

Sweet pies and quiches rotate endlessly through the Spinning J pastry case, but there are two savory constants on the pie menu: chicken pot pie and saag paneer pot pie, the latter based on the Indian dish made with cottage cheese and spinach. Eat them at the Spinning J’s vintage soda fountain or purchase a pie to reheat at home.

Sultan's Market

Sultan’s Market, the quick-serve Wicker Park Middle Eastern restaurant, offers three choices: beef and lamb, vegetarian egg and cheese, and the classic spinach, which, as served here, also happens to be vegan. Sultan’s also has locations in Lakeview and Logan Square.

Forbidden Root

This West Town brewery is inside a former movie theater and was known for adding botanicals to its beers in funky ways. There’s a vegetarian mushroom pot pie on the menu with wild mushrooms and “porcini caramel.” This is only available in West Town, not at a second location in Ravenwsood.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

The Hoosier Mama pie selection never skimps on the savory options. Chicken pot pie is usually available whole or by the slice, but, should they appear, don’t pass up the pork apple sage supper pie or the chicken tomatillo pot pie. There’s also a daily selection of hand pies. Hoosier Mama has an additional location in Evanston.

Jeong

At this modern Korean fine dining restaurant, chef Dave Park only offers his caramelized kimchi and braised beef pie during the holiday season, for Thanksgiving and Christmas preorders, and fans have to be on high alert in order to score one before they sell out via Tock.

Beard & Belly and Honeypie Bakery

What started as a residency at the Long Room, an Irving Park bar, has blossomed into a bustling bar and restaurant in Edgewater that operates with a bakery from Milwuakee’s Honeypie. There’s a trio of savory hand pie options on the current menu: huevos rancheros made with chicken chorizo; classic chicken pot pie; and red been and rice, a veggie option made with okra.

Barangaroos Aussie Pies

Instead of hamburgers, Australians eat their meat, vegetable, and bread together in pie form. But they eat them the same way, with their hands and smeared with ketchup. Barangaroos serves the classic mince — beef and sauteed onion — but there’s a long list of other flavors, including chicken tikka masala, Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and a vegan shepherd’s pie. The West Loop location inside Chicago’s French Market carries a more limited selection.

Armitage Alehouse

Hogsalt Hospitality’s (Au Cheval) British pub has a menu that’s a bit all over the place, one that includes a hint of South Asian influence. The pot pie menu is filled with very rich and savory options, including pheasant and foie gras, oxtail and red wine, steak and ale, and the classic chicken.

Pleasant House Pub

Pleasant House in Pilsen has a whole section of its menu devoted to its Royal Pies, which come with traditional fillings like steak and ale, and less traditional ones like vegan squash and sweet potato. Order them with a topping of mashed potato, or grab a few frozen pies to eat at home. The spinach and kale should be enjoyed be all, even meat-mad diners.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

A polarizing dish, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company does not serve traditional pizza, its one served table side by inverted the dish it came on. The signature item, for more than five decades, has been the pizza pot pie: a thick crust stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, sausage, and mushrooms (there’s also a vegetarian option). Frozen pies are also available for home consumption.

The Walnut Room

Open since 1907, the Walnut Room survived Marshall Field’s transformation into Macy’s with most of its menu intact, including the chicken pot pie. (The recipe, developed by a millinery clerk named Mrs. Hering, actually dates back to 1890, when it was served in an earlier Field’s location.) Lunch there is a classic Chicago experience, especially during the holiday season, when the room is dominated by an enormous Christmas tree.

Miller's Pub

Miller’s Pub is a classic Chicago establishment in the Loop with a large dining room and bar filled with old photos and city decorations. Perhaps it’s the holidays and someone didn’t secure a reservations at Macy’s Walnut Room, for Marshall Field’s legendary chicken pot pie, or you just want to switch things up a little bit. But Miller’s Pub offers its own spin on chicken pot pie with carrots, peas, and classic rich broth.

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Justice Of The Pies

Chicago pie whiz Maya-Camille Broussard named her pie business after her father, Stephen Broussard, a criminal defense attorney and pie enthusiast. After years as a pop-up and virtual operation, the bakery in 2023 opened a permanent location in Avalon Park. Broussard, who gained national fame as a breakout star on Netflix’s Bake Squad, serves sumptuous quiches and savory pies. The selection varies, and also of note is Broussard isn’t afraid of mingling savory and sweet, so be on the look out for special selections.

Aliya Ikhumen/Eater Chicago

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