That glorious extended summer is almost over and winter is fast approaching. But why so sad? The colder months mean indulging in one of the greatest of Australian traditions; the humble meat pie. From the finest gourmet cafes and trusty local bakeries, right through to some of Sydney’s greatest success stories, here are seven of the best locations across the city to get your meat-stuffed pastry parcel fix.[related_articles]7964[/related_articles] [listicle]
The Northern Beacher
Where: Upper Crust Pies, 1003 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
If it weren’t for the massive queue of ravenous pie guts that can often be spotted spilling out the door, you probably wouldn’t look twice at this unassuming yellow shop nestled on the busy Pittwater Road. But let the line here be a warning – if you snooze, you lose. It’s not uncommon to rock up at 1pm to find the Upper Crust completely sold out of pies. If poultry is your weakness, then this is the place for you, with both the chicken, brie & avocado and butter chicken bad boys their specialities.
Where: The Cook and Baker, 238 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
If you happen to possess a predilection not just for delicious pies, but gourmet bakery treats in general, then this joint is seriously going to mess you up. The Cook and Baker peddle mouth-watering donuts, quiches, tarts, cakes and deli sandwiches, but it’s their beef & ale pie with its to-die-for pastry that remains the pièce de résistance. Don’t forget to smother it in their home-made tomato sauce.
The Two For One
Where: The Pie Tin, 1A Brown Street, Newtown
These inner-west pie aficionados have so many seasonal sweet and savoury options in their arsenal that their menu changes almost daily, which keeps their customers consistently coming back to see if their weapon of choice is finally back in the oven. The Sunday lamb roast is a favourite amongst locals, and in the last 15 minutes before they close, all pies are two for one!
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Where: Harry’s Café de Wheels, Cnr Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Road, Woolloomooloo
It’s pretty much considered sacrilege to talk about pies in Sydney and not give a shout out to Harry’s. Roll your eyes if you must, but there’s good reason why this iconic caravan café has been a local institution for almost 80 years; they make the best pie ‘n’ peas in town. If you’re a first timer, go for the ‘Tiger’ (Harry’s house special) – a chunky beef pie served with mushy peas, mash and gravy. And remember, there are now seven other locations across Sydney.
The Little Pie That Could
Where: Bourke Street Bakery, 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
What began as a quaint corner store bakery in the heart of Surry Hills back in 2004 has grown into a local success story that almost gives Harry’s a run for its money in terms of infamy. With now ten stores across Sydney, there’s one of Bourke Street’s infamous beef brisket, red wine & mushroom pies somewhere within reach. A special mention to the pork & fennel sausage rolls, too.
The Late Nighter
Where: The Corso Bakehouse, 3/1A The Corso, Manly
With its 24 hour trading hours on weekends, The Corso Bakehouse has long been a popular option for Manly’s late night revellers in the suburb’s bustling pedestrian precinct. It’s tough to go past the classic Ned Kelly – a beef mince pie boasting bacon, gravy, and a freaking egg cooked into the pastry lid. Forget a greasy kebab, this is how you should be ending your boozy Manly nights.
The No Frills
Where: Wellington Cakes, 157 Bondi Road, Bondi
Similar to its Bondi contemporary The Cook and Baker, Wellington Cakes pride themselves on all kinds of delicious baked goods. For over 30 years this family run business has provided the suburb with traditional Jewish bagels, Hungarian strudels and, of course, amazing pies and sausage rolls. The best way to sum up the pies here? A no muss, no fuss, gourmet version of the infamous Four’N Twenty footy pie.
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Henry Johnstone is a freelance writer from Sydney. He was formerly Australian Editor at Red Bull Music and Chief Editor of Pulse Radio, and has written for Rolling Stone, Mixmag, Resident Advisor and inthemix. He hosts the weekly Beats and Pieces show on Bondi Radio and attempts to tweet at @henry_johnstone.