Chicken Pot Pie Fight: The Duce vs. Porte Cochere
This might be the last week we can handle hearty comfort foods before the heat imposes a salad-only diet on us. In honor of the waning winter, we put two local pot pie makers against each other to see which savory pastry is the tops.
Heather Hoch Special delivery -- a chicken pot pie and market salad from Porte Cochere.
Chicken pot pies have several components that must be executed and utilized perfectly in order to make the dish sing: The crust should be buttery and golden brown, the chicken should be moist, the veggies should still have a good crunch despite being baked, and the sauce should be creamy and seasoned to accent the rest of the dish. With all of those pieces, plus an abundance of plating options, this battle is bound to be a close one.
In This Corner: The Duce
Heather Hoch The Duce's little jar of heaven.
The Setup: Part boxing gym, part bar, part food truck, part yoga studio, part vintage clothing store, part . . . well, you get the picture. The Duce in downtown Phoenix wears many hats, all of them exceptionally executed. It is one of the few places in town that we can justify spending extra cash for basic drinks because their quality ingredients and super fresh preparation make all the difference. But, do their drinks set the bar (pun totally intended) too high for their food?
The Good:The creamy and silky sauce, fresh veggies, and moist chicken in this pot pie are all great, comforting and just what you'd want from a pot pie. The mason jar portions are adorable. Best of all, the crust is so buttery and flakey we just wanted to melt. It's hard to have another piecrust after eating that one. Plus at $7 for a belly-filling portion or $9 for one to go, it's not going to break the bank to buy one.
The Bad: Since the pot pies come in a glass jar, they retain heat for a while, which means you'll have to be careful not to burn your mouth off. The only other thing we weren't crazy about was their use of corn in the pot pie. It's definitely an atypical addition, which wasn't quite bad but not great either.