When you’re far away from home for a long time, you sometimes need a bit of familiar comfort food. Nothing brings back memories like smell and taste. And Aussie meat pies fit both of those bills for Australian expats.
But they can be a little difficult to find in the US, depending on where you live and how much income you have at your disposal.
So I embarked on a meat pie journey, driving from the San Francisco peninsula up to Windsor, across to Vallejo, down to Cupertino and then over to San Jose – all in the pursuit of meat pies.
Please note that some companies gave me a discount, allowed me to order less than the usual minimum, or gave me freebies. These are denoted with an asterisk.
Where to get Aussie Meat Pies in the US
Some pies had to be eaten while I was out so they didn’t make the video, but I’ll write about them instead.
This is also the first proper video I’ve done (with Mr M’s technological assistance) so if you’d like to see more, let me know in the comments, and if you think I should never front a camera again, be brutal.
This post was first written on November 22, 2017 and has been subsequently updated as more pie sellers pop up or retreat, and prices change. The last update was on November 17, 2020.
New: Waltzing Kangaroo
Waltzing Kangaroo, in Colorado, popped up on my radar through a delicious looking Instagram post. I’ve been biding my time ever since, waiting for them to begin shipping throughout the US.
Fort Collins dwellers and visitors can stop by the bakery to pick up piping hot pies and sausage rolls, apple turnovers, and other desserts.
Those a little further away can order a box of eight or 16 pies to be shipped to their doorstep. There are lots of flavours to choose from including the traditional steak and gravy, and Guinness steak and mushroom pies, to the less-found beef cottage pie, and veggies in white cheese sauce pies.
I reviewed the steak and gravy pie for this post, as it is the traditional Aussie pie. While a lot of bakeries use minced beef for their pies, Waltzing Kangaroo goes with the shredded beef approach that I absolutely loved. It was like eating the beef and gravy portion of a delicious slow-cooked stew in a neat little pastry case.
The pastry wasn’t too flaky or buttery so that it didn’t overpower the contents of the pie. I’ll definitely be ordering from Waltzing Kangaroo again!
Steve, a second generation pastry cook, and Mae sold their NSW Central Coast gourmet pie shop and bakery and moved to the US in 2015. With a 4-year-old and 4-month-old in tow, they opened Waltzing Kangaroo a year later, on Pi Day (March 14).
Where: 1109 W Elizabeth St, Fort Collins, CO, 80521
Price: $7.50 or $8 each, depending on fillings
Shipping: Yes, in boxes of eight or 16 pies, only 2-day shipping available. Orders received by Monday at midnight (MST) will be shipped on Tuesday.
Aussie Pies and Sausages
Jay Jay Wolfpie (as he is known on Facebook) is a bit of a legend in the Aussie expat circles. He sells meat pies, sausage rolls, and Aussie-style sausages for the barbecue.
I finally got around to make it to one of his pie drops on his way to San Francisco and picked up a beef pie to try.
Whack it in the oven at 350F for half an hour and you’re golden. I give Jay Jay’s pies two thumbs up, and a dollop of tomato sauce.
The lid pastry is flaky, and the bottom is the perfect ‘hand pie’ consistency, that you could easily sit and eat at the footy. And the filling isn’t a mystery, it looks and tastes as meaty as you’d expect.
If Jay Jay’s doing a pie run in your neck of the woods, be sure to make an order, you will not be disappointed.
Price: Vary depending on the pie. The classic meat pie is $6.65
Shipping: Yes, but must ship “overnight”. That doesn’t mean you’ll order one day and receive it the next. Orders take around seven business days to fulfill.
Fair Dinkum Aussie Pies
With a name like that, they’ve got to be good, right? The owners hold their Australian-ness close to their hearts and have tried to recreate the taste of home.
Their meat pies have been developed over “a few years of trial and error”. It’s a delight of flaky pastry, gravy and beef that you’ll love.
The only downside is that the pie warmer in Vallejo Great Donuts is all about the condensation so the pies and sausage rolls are a little soggy. No worries, just drive them home and pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes to dry out and crisp up!
Fair Dinkum Aussie Pies are now also available at Daily Donuts in Benicia.
Where: Vallejo Great Donuts, 630 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA. Also available at Daily Donuts, 2074 Columbus Parkway, Benicia, CA.
Shipping: No, but you can order online to pick up in store.
Australian Products Co
There are two types of pie available here – the “Aussie” style and the “British” kind. Personally, I don’t see the difference between the two, but they’re made by different companies and sold frozen.
I tried the Australian brand ground steak & onion pie and the Piccadilly British steak & mushroom pie. If you haven’t had a pie in ages and are craving one, these will definitely do the trick.
Just keep in mind that they’re closer to the party pies you’d buy at Woolies or Coles than they are to the ones you’d grab at the footy.
Where: Australian Product Co, 3828 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA.
Price: Both are $6.95
Shipping: Yes, but must be shipped “overnight”.
These were bloody good and there’s a variety to choose from. They specialise in pies from around the world for homesick expats, so you’ll find pies for Aussies, Britons, Portuguese and South Africans in the mix.
Their website helpfully points out which pies are closest to your home country’s which is a nice touch. I tried the Dinky Di Aussie pie and wasn’t disappointed.
It’s gravy is more on the tomato side of things than the thick, beef gravy that you might be used to, but I think it gives the pie a nice tang. And the meat is good quality as well.
Where: 151 e. Broad Street, Athens, Georgia
Price: $5.50 each
Shipping: Yes, they come in boxes of six or 12 pies that you can mix and match. Shipping days are usually Monday to Wednesday, but during the pandemic they are only shipping on Mondays.
Burto NZ Bakery
It’s worth the drive north to Burto NZ Bakery from San Francisco, because you’ll find a little slice of home tucked into an outdoor shopping centre.
I visited Burto NZ Bakery on a Saturday morning and loved every bit of it. From the pie warmer to the window full of treats from home like lamingtons and cream buns. They gave me tomato sauce for my pies and the owner/baker is the jolliest dude this side of the Pacific Ocean.
You can get a ready-cooked pie to eat on the go, or pre-cooked refrigerated ones to take home and bake yourself. I did the later and really loved the flaky pastry and the steak & mushroom filling.
Do yourself a favour and get over there.
Where: Burto NZ Bakery, 9076 Brooks Road South, Windsor, CA
Down Under Bakery Pies*
These guys won my video taste test, however I’ve got to say that none of the pies were bad or not worth the money, but DUB Pies were the best of an awesome bunch.
This pie took me straight back to the tuck shop in primary school. I just realised the pies in primary school were better than high school.
The pastry isn’t exactly flaky but it’s spot on for the pie, there is a great amount of gravy that’s nice and peppery. Al up it’s a delicious pie and if you’re in New York, definitely seek them out. Or get some shipped to you.
DUB Pies also has a variety of sweet and savoury pies to choose from and they’re about to kick off shipping a “Starter Pack” of a few pies for you to try out, so look out for that.
Where: Down Under Bakery Pies, 211 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY (Also keep an eye out for their food truck at fairs and festivals).
Shipping: Yes, and there is a minimum order for shipping. Delivers next day to most of New York City during the week. Shipping is available in two “zones” (see website). East zone allows ground shipping, West zone only allows 2nd day express and overnight shipping.
Since discovering Artisan Hand Food’s Rogue Pyes, I’ve tried two different flavours – lamb curry and the traditional meat pie.
Both are spot on in terms of value, the quality and amount of filling you get. Basically, they’re made with quality ingredients and it really does show.
The Aussie-style meat pie is made with grass fed, hormone free ground beef with onions, masala wine, tomato paste, chutney and beef stock thrown in for good measure.
The pastry is deliciously buttery and makes for a satisfying crunch as you bite into it. As I’ve said before, all the pies were great, but this and DUB pies were the best. If you’re in Northern California, get your hands on a Rogue Pyes pie.
Where: Rogue Pyes/Artisan Hand Food, no shop front yet but they deliver free in Santa Cruz & have a calendar of events they attend on their website.
Shipping: Yes, monthly delivery pick up for the Bay Area
Aussie meat pies elswhere in the USA
There are heaps more places where you can get meat pies in the US. Some of them don’t ship, or I didn’t hear back from them, which is why I couldn’t review them. But they’re all worth a go, and I’d love it if you would leave a comment letting me know what you think.
- KO Catering and Pies: Boston Harbor Shipyard, 254 Marginal St, Building 16, East Boston, MA 02128. Meat pies, sausage rolls, fish & chips, Aussie-style Caesar salad, and Schnitty burgers. Open for take away, and Door Dash/Uber Eats delivery (use link on KO’s website to eliminate the commission).
- Cuppa Coffee Espresso Bar: Two locations (Southend and Westend) 57 Traveler Street, Boston, MA 02188 and 1 Merrimac Street, Boston, MA 02114. Pies, sausage rolls, ANZAC biscuits, lamingtons, caramel slices, scones, and some Aussie chocolates.
- Mountain Pie Co: Colorado Springs food truck and caterer that frequents farmer’s markets and events. Ships throughout the US, and includes a few different flavours like “The New Zealander” (steak and cheese), and “Pueblo Pork Green Chile”.
- Australian Bakery Cafe: 48 South Park Square, Marietta, GA OR 101 Colony Park Drive, Cumming, GA. All things Australian (including hot cross buns).
- Bronzed Aussie: Has undergone a change to a virtual pie shop during the pandemic. Available for curbside pick up of hot pies (45 mins notice required) or frozen pies from Kitchen 1437, 1437 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90035. You can also order through your favourite delivery app.
- Bub’s Aussie Gourmet Pies: 9939 Hudson Blvd N, Lake Elmo, MN, 55042.
More Information: https://bubsaussiepies.com/
New York & New Jersey
- The Flying Pie Guy: 61 North Park Avenue, Hazlet, New Jersey. Cafe, food truck and available in other restaurants in the area. Sausage rolls and pies (with mashed potato and mushy peas if you want!).
Online: (Ships to limited areas of the US) http://www.theflyingpieguy.com
- Pacific Pie Co: 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR. Meat pies, sausage rolls, salads and sandwiches.
- Duda’s Aussie Pies: 1424 Northeast Cushing Drive, Bend, Oregon 97701.
Will ship on request.
More Information: https://flippinlifeinc.godaddysites.com/dudas-aussie-pies
- Eat Pye: Available ready-to-eat on Sundays only, Presidio, Main Post Lawn, San Francisco, CA 94129. Shipping available with an 8-pie minimum order.
- Pot Pie Paradise & Deli: 3522 Arden Rd, Hayward. Call ahead or email to order (with an approximate pick up time) to avoid long waiting times. Frozen pies available for pick up on weekdays between 11.30am-3pm. Free delivery on frozen pies (minimum order of $75).
- Boomerang’s Pies: In the freezer section of some Safeways and Wholefoods stores. (I couldn’t find them though).
- Sage Bakehouse: Available ready-to-eat at The Clement Street Farmer’s Market on Sundays only, Clement St & 3rd Ave, San Francisco.
Online: (Taking a break from shipping) https://www.sagebakehousesf.com/pies/
- Australian Pie Co: 425 SW 152nd St Seattle, WA. Meat pies, sausage rolls and desserts. Shipping of frozen pies, lamingtons, and Aussie Puff Pastry is also available.
- Premier Meat Pies: Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA and 1001 Alaskan Way #105, Seattle, WA, 98109. More on the British side of meat pies.
- Four ‘N Twenty Pies: Seems to be out of US stockists. But you can check back on the website intermittently.
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