Our pot pie prayers have been answered.
We are happy to report the Hamburg location of Mr. Pot Pie finally opened on June 7 after a few weather-related and construction delays.
Mr. Pot Pie is an offshoot of McDuffies Bakery in Clarence (9920 Main St., 407-3046), which is known for its shortbread, baked goods and pot pies.
The East Aurora location (718 Main St., 805-7924) opened last year, and now Hamburg’s is open in the newly renovated Hamburg Village Square Plaza (140 Pine St., 202-1717).
For years, owner Brian Thomas had been selling pots pies, its famous shortbread and other baked goods at the East Aurora and Hamburg farmers' markets during the summer. But during prime pot-pie-fire-up-the-oven-season, folks (like us) were out of luck and had to drive to the main McDuffies Bakery in Clarence.
"We have been participating in the Hamburg farmers' market for the past eight years. In that time, we have been told countless times that Hamburg needs a bakery. It became fairly obvious that our next location had to be in Hamburg," said Thomas.
The original chicken pot pie is a thing of beauty, made with all white meat, peas, carrots, onion and celery in a white sauce. (We are drooling just writing about it.)
But there are other pot pies available (although we can never bring ourselves to try another). Other chicken varieties include chicken cheddar broccoli, fiesta chicken and chicken curry. There is also a turkey, bacon, potato and gouda pie.
For stick-to-the-rib folks, there is steak and Guinness and a shepherds pie made with ground beef, onions and mushrooms, topped with mashed potatoes.
The seafood pie includes lobster, crab, scallops, shrimp and mushrooms in a lobster bisque sauce and the butternut squash pie includes ricotta and spinach. Look for pie of the month specials.
All pies are handmade by Laura The Pot Pie Maker, whose job just got more difficult with the new store opening.
“Laura has lost much of her sense of humor when we told her how many pies she was going to be making a week. Yikes!” said Thomas, who assures us she will be getting some help.
Pies come frozen in two sizes: individual ($9.95 to $14.95) and family ($14.95 to $26.95), with seafood being the most expensive. It usually takes about an hour to bake a family sized pie.
Also available at the East Aurora and Hamburg locations are help-yourself soup, baked goods and coffee. It’s a grab-and-go situation but there are also tables for sitting. The Clarence location is more of a café and features breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps and soups.
All locations sell frozen pot pies. For a limited time at the Hamburg location get a free sample of shortbread that includes $2 off a family pie, while supplies last.
Here are the hours of the three locations:
Hamburg: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
East Aurora: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Clarence: Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.