We went to the only surviving location, on El Cajon Blvd.
I don't think I have actually ever gone to this location before, always going to one of the two on Fifth when I was a kid.
They should be able to cook it right, they have been practicing for 85 years!
Nothing fancy here but definitely comfort food for a kid like me who was born just down the block.
Will probably survive through the next depression, too.
Buy the complete dinner and you get slaw, a roll and a piece of pie to boot, for around twelve bucks.
With the exception of the modest increase in prices, not a hell of a lot has changed there.
The woman we talked to behind the counter, Shalia, had been there since 1975. The clientele were normal, common folk, like you and me. Having an honest meal.
It got me to thinking that it had to be one of the oldest surviving restaurants in the county? Actually, according to this list, it is the fourth or fifth, depending if you call the Tivoli a restaurant or not.
Not sure how old Jimmy Wong's Golden Dragon was but it has also now closed.
People who never lived here before the freeways don't know, but when I was a kid San Diego revolved around two streets, El Cajon Blvd. and University.
The landmarks were places like Carnation and Blumers, Pernicano's, Nicolosis, the Red Fox room and Don Joses. So many of the great places of my youth are now gone, Lubachs, Islandia, Casa de Baffi, Tarantinos, Kona Kai, Top Shelf, Manny's, Old Trieste, time marches on.
All have sailed into the San Diego sunset. The Chicken Pie Shop continues.
Chicken Pie Shop
2633 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104