Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pouch Pies (Athens, GA)

151 E Broad Street, Athens, GA 30608, T: 706-395-6696

Pouch Pies opened up about a half year ago and has as its slogan “A Savory World of Pies.” It serves a broad variety of pies, by and large capturing different cuisines (e.g. English, Indian, Moroccan, Scottish). All pies are $5.50 and all sides are $2.50 - sides include regular thin French fries, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and thick “beer-battered sidewinder fries.” My friends tell me some pies are really good (particularly the Portuguese “Hot Chick”), some not so much.

Normally I have the grilled chicken sandwich, which is an everyday “special.” The chicken is thick and grilled quite juicy and comes with the home chipotle ranch dressing. Today I get the special South African Boerewors Burger (7.50), which comes with caramelized onions and sweet chili sauce (no cheese). The burger is tasty but too dry and salty. Unfortunately, the sauce and onions don't do much for the burger, while the bread is a fairly tasteless pre-baked baguette. Fortunately the side of thick crunchy sidewinder fries doesn't disappoint: crunchy on the outside, soft and potato-y on the inside.

VERDICT: 85/100
While Pouch gets kudos for being original, quality varies too much between options and days.

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