Where To Celebrate Pi Day In Atlanta, Savory Style

Try a savory pie to celebrate Pi Day on March 14.
  • Get the country chicken pie from Panbury's.
    Get the country chicken pie from Panbury's.
  • Choose from plenty savory pies at Australian Bakery on Marietta Square.
    Choose from plenty savory pies at Australian Bakery on Marietta Square.
  • You're in for a treat with the shepherd's pie from Salt Factory.
    You're in for a treat with the shepherd's pie from Salt Factory.
  • Enjoy this lovely biryani at Tabla in Midtown
    Enjoy this lovely biryani at Tabla in Midtown

Pi day (aka 3/14; get it?) is not just for sweets. You can indulge in savory pies, too. These pies are full of rich and hearty ingredients encased in a buttery crust. So here’s to Pi Day. We’ve got a list of some of the best bets for an amazing savory pie.

  • 10 Degrees South -- Bobotie, a sweet ground beef mixture topped with a custard, is a terrific twist for Pi day or any day. It just explodes with flavor. Think of it as South African shepherd’s pie. Instead of peas and carrots, this pie has apples, apricots and raisins.
  • Australian Bakery Café -- You wouldn’t think you’d find the cuisine of Australia in Cobb County, but you’d be surprised that this little spot has been thriving for years on Marietta Square. The bakery offers made-from-scratch savory pies with sumptuous fillings.

  • HAVEN makes a savory Springer Mountain chicken pot pie with celery, mushrooms and carrots. Chef Stephen features this throughout the winter months, typically on Sundays.

  • HOBNOB – Located in Midtown, this watering hole is popular for lunch and casual dinners. The pot pie, available after 5 p.m., is filled with  smoked chicken, peas, potatoes and smoked bacon.

  • Meehan’s Public House – More than just your average pub, Meehan's offers upscale food in a fun atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed with the shepherd’s pie.

  • Panbury’s – Located downtown, Panbury’s is worth the stop in the Peachtree Center food court if you are nearby. The savory pies have a delicious crust with quality cuts of both meat and chicken. I recommend the country chicken. Also find Panbury's in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

  • Paul’s Pot Pies – Also located on Marietta Square is Paul’s Pot Pies, featuring a variety. Though the original chicken pot pie is available, you should branch out and try ones like the jambalaya, sloppy Joe, seafood chowder or, my favorite, Italian sausage. 
  • Salt Factory – The shepherd’s pie is made with lamb and comes in a cast iron skillet. It’s large enough to share, but so good you won’t want to. 
  • Tabla -- After one visit you'll be hooked on Tabla's fragrant dishes. Tabla specializes in a modern take on Indian classics such as the biryani, encompassed in naan and served in a metallic pot. 

    Bonus: When you've had your fill of savory pies, maybe you'd like to try an empanada.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Roamilicious. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram.


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