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February 22, 2001|JESSICA STRAND

With one bite, this homey one-dish meal wards off the winter chill.

* The House: In an old Craftsman house, chef Scotter Kanfer cooks up a vegetarian potpie based on whatever rare veggies are available at the farmer's market. They're served in a roasted red onion with a top "crust" of mashed sweet potatoes with grated beets. (Farmer's market potpie, $16.) The House, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 462-HOUSE.

* Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner: This Southland institution serves a classic chicken potpie: peas, carrots, potatoes, tender chunks of chicken and a slightly creamy sauce in a flaky golden crust. It comes with soup, salad, sweet-and-sour rhubarb or mashed potatoes and, of course, Knott's famous fluffy biscuits. (Chicken potpie, lunch, $5.95; dinner, $10.95.) Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 220-5080.

* Daily Grill: Beneath the puff pastry crust, you'll find a deep-dish pie full of carrots, onions, peas and mushrooms, all sauteed in butter, plus steamed dark meat chicken and bechamel sauce, with a dash of lemon juice and Louisiana hot sauce. (Chicken potpie, $11.95.) Daily Grill, check phone book for numerous locations.

* Fred 62: This open-face potpie is a buttery pie shell topped with mashed potatoes, a roasted garlic nage, organic roasted chicken and an assortment of fresh vegetables, with fresh herbs and olive oil sauce around the edge of the plate. (Chicken potpie, $14.) Fred 62, 1850 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, (323)667-0062.

* Farm of Beverly Hills: Around the base of chef Hans Goplen's hearty potpie is a generous portion of garlic mashed potatoes. Then you've got baby turnips, golden beets, peas, corn, rosemary, thyme and parsley along with big chunks of grilled chicken breast. Everything is braised in rich chicken stock and topped with a piece of puff pastry. (Chicken potpie, $14.25.) The Farm of Beverly Hills, 439 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 273-5578.

* Pie n' Burger: This straightforward potpie, created by the founder's grandmother, is served in a deep dish and filled with baked chicken, carrots and peas in a secret sauce made with chicken stock, milk, poultry seasoning and a few extras. It arrives with steam rising from the slits in its delicious buttery crust. (Chicken potpie, $8.50.) Pie n' Burger, 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 795-1123.

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