There’s a joke among most of my San Diego-based friends who are in the know. The joke is that the San Diego Chicken Pie shop on El Cajon Blvd. is where you go before you die.
It’s not that the chicken pie there is really good (it is) but the average age of a Chicken Pie Shop patron is above 60. On any chilly weekend, you can see several elderly gentlemen donning their Members Only jackets with pride.
Why the high age ratio? Perhaps the wallet-friendly meal. Or the seemingly canned soft veggies that accompanies the chicken pie.
The basic chicken pie dinner which includes whipped potatoes, coleslaw, a roll with butter, a veggie and a dessert. All this for $6. The cost decreases significantly when ordering a la carte. Just ordering a chicken (with a roll) is $3.35.
If pie isn’t your thing, they also serve chopped steak, fish fillet, baked ham, chicken fried steak, sauteed chicken livers, burgers and much more. But the best bet is the chicken pie. The crust is flaky, the turkey and chicken interior is tender and the pie is filling. And the coleslaw isn’t too bad although someone described the rolls as being “hospital food.” I guess that a little part of me likes hospital food because I devoured the rolls.
Being about half the age of most patrons doesn’t bother me because it’s good, cheap comfort food. But I’ll pass on the veggies next time.