Dining on a budget: Moffett’s Chicken Pie in Arcadia

By Stacey Wang, Correspondent

If Little Miss Muffet tried Moffett’s, I suspect she’d throw out her curds and whey.

Moffett’s Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe in Arcadia is the type of place locals seem to know about, but most who haven’t been there can’t remember seeing it.

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Although it has been around since 1975, the almost transparent American diner hides in the corner of a plaza with big names like CVS Pharmacy and Radio Shack.

The diner is nothing grand. It’s decent in size and has the homely feel a diner should have.

But what’s so spectacular about this place that attracts a constant flow of customers?

It’s chicken pies.

Ordering the popular chicken pie, I was initially disappointed by its appearance. A bland-looking meat pie covered in a hefty serving of gravy. No vegetables, no color. Just gray.

Reflecting on the hype, it was hard to think that this hamburger-sized plainness would be as good as many raved.

Taking a bite, I realized how wrong I was to prejudge it. Tasting the savory simplicity, its violations in visual pleasantness were forgiven.

It had a flavorful gravy-soaked crust, that didn’t taste soggy – and even if it was, it still would have been delicious.

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The pie was stuffed with chicken and more gravy. Although I would have prefered some vegetables in it, the pie was quite satisfying. It was filling, despite its size, and it wasn’t too salty.

Moffett’s chicken pie dinner includes soup or salad, whipped potatoes, vegetables, bread and a dessert for $9.65 plus tax. For big appetites, a chicken pie dinner combo comes with two pies and its extras for $12.05 plus tax. For the less ambitious, they offer the chicken pie ala cart for $4.50 plus tax.

Other than their meat pies, the establishment has options for a variety of diners, from a slim line section for dieters to a hearty selection of hamburgers and sandwiches.

Moffett’s has a mushroom melt hamburger that includes a 1/3 pound patty, topped with swiss cheese and mushroom on rye. It comes with soup or salad for $7.45 plus tax.

If there’s room, bread pudding or a slice of fruit pie can be added for about $3.

Moffett’s is at 1409 S. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. To contact Moffett’s, call (626) 447-4670.

New KFC Hot Wings

First of all, I must admit, I am one of those people that can get influenced by commercials to try new things.
So when I saw the commercials for the new Hot Wings at Kentucky Fried Chicken, my love for hot wings and the clever idea of a sauceless hot wing, drove me to the nearest KFC in Baldwin Park for lunch today.
I went ahead and ordered the meal that came with 6 pieces of hot wings, potato wedges and a drink for $5 and change after taxes.
The wing pieces were the usual size as hot wings sold elsewhere and they were crispy. But, as I mentioned before – I am a big fan of hot wings and with these wings, I was not feeling the heat.
If you’ve been to Popeye’s and ordered the spicy chicken, then you’ll know what I’m talking about next.
KFC put the spicy sauce inside the wings, between the chicken and the skin, making it ‘sauceless’ but the spices were not very hot.
And in my opinion, the Popeye’s spicy chicken is so much better than KFC’s, just as their mashed potatoes should not be in the same category as KFC’s version.
I should have gotten the hint that they weren’t so hot with the dozens of hot sauce packets thrown in my take-out bag.
So, now I need to fulfill my hot wings craving. Sounds like a trip to Hooters or Denny’s this weekend :-p