I did a market research study once where we were asked our opinion about pies. I'm in Dallas, Texas. Everyone had sweet pies on their mind. Peach, pecan, apple, pumpkin. Then they started asking us about "savory" pies. Um, uh, like the minced meat pie grandma made for Thanksgiving every year as a kid?
Then they started explaining the concept as more "pot pie" but in hand pie format. So now I've got a mash up of chicken pot pie and the McDonald's fried apple pie in my head.
So then they brought some out for us to try. I'm sort of picky but the chicken and beef ones were good enough. But the fish one? Not a winner.
Apparently what the company that paid for the research was looking to do was open up a chain of restaurants in shopping mall food courts. Have an English pub style decor and these savory meat hand pies. Overall the feedback was "notsomuch"
I haven't seen one pop up in the last 15 years so perhaps they decided Dallas wasn't their market. But now I suspect I've got a twisted idea of what these meat pies might be.