First, I should make clear that I've never been a big fan of pot pies. Maybe because my earliest memory of one is the frozen Swanson's variety. Honestly, I actually don't like pie crust that much. When it comes to a dessert pie, I'm much more interested in the filling.
But it all changed for me when I discovered Pie Boss, which bills itself as a "new pie experience."
Pie Boss is located in Aurora at 1649 Montgomery Road, about two miles east of Phillips Park and about four miles east of downtown Aurora. Pie Boss creates individually-sized savory pies, with varieties including pepper steak, spicy chicken, cheeseburger pie, spicy chicken and two vegetarian options: Spicy mixed vegetable and spinach and feta.
They are amazing: The rich filling, the flaky crust. Consider me a convert!
Pie Boss is owned by Tyreal Naidoo, who is originally from Durban, South Africa, although his family's roots are in India. He says the types of pies he makes are common in South Africa -- you'd see them as many of them in a mall food court as you would hamburgers. (That's probably related to the British influence in South Africa -- the Brits love their savory pies!)
You can tell Naidoo takes a lot of pride in his work. Everything is made from scratch and on the premises, which are bright and immaculately clean. The restaurant opened less than a year ago. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Naidoo says he's had customers drive out from Chicago and leave with a stack of pies for their freezers.