A warning: Call before you go. Augustsson makes only two of each type per day and as her young staffer told me, forlornly, “She doesn’t sell unsold goods, so we get to take some home. But there’s never any pulled pork hand pies left over.” Try one and you’ll know why.
Sweet Spot Bakery
163 W. Emerson St., Melrose
Customers love Sweet Spot, in the bakery business since 1999, to satisfy a sweet tooth. There are also quiches and chicken pots to go.
Technically, they’re not pot pies, said owner Inna Verdin, who says her husband (and baker), Craig, doesn’t like gravy.
His substitute? A layer of buttery mashed potatoes on top of the chicken, peas, and carrot combo, then topped with crust. I’ve taken to giving these pies to friends who are going through tough times, and this is the pie that first made my family stop complaining about dinner (mashed potatoes AND crust) and led me on this chicken pot pie quest, for which I am forever grateful.
Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.