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What's Adelaide's Weirdest Pie Flavour?

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Published February 3rd 2013
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The Railway Station Pie Cart

Thankfully the days are long gone when the only choice for a meat pie was a boring old Balfours pie that had been in the warmer far longer than it should.

[ADVERT]Even the iconic Railway Station Pie Cart with its classic pie floaters has now been lost to grace the all encompassing exhibition at Old Tailem Town.

Bakeries are increasingly tempting consumers with fantastic fresh flavours. The Bite Me Bakery on Marion Rd is one example, offering a delicious Thai chicken pie with just enough chilli to be very convincing.

adelaides weirdest pie, balfours, bakery, meat pie
The Unique Chicken Parmy Pie

I have previously reviewed the Hyde Park Bakery and its unique chicken parmy pie, which I found to be convincingly authentic.

At the other end of town in Gawler, the very popular Gawler South Bakery is on my route whenever I pop up for some wine tasting, as the venison pie that they offer is very hard to find elsewhere.

adelaides weirdest pie, balfours, bakery, meat pie
Chicken Bacon & Corn Pie - A Little Ho Hum?

Bacon and egg pies are often tasty, but can be a trifle heavy and stodgy. I quite like those available from Tasty Bakehouse at West Beach or the Forestville Bakery on Leah St, providing they have not been in the pie warmer for too long.

Weekend Notes food fanatic Yin-Yin recently suggested I try The Village Baker at Black Forest, so I sampled one of their lamb shanks pies and found it delicious. The staff were friendly, and scored me a pie freshly baked from the oven. What more can you ask for?

adelaides weirdest pie, balfours, bakery, meat pie
The Lamb Shanks Pie - Quite Uncommon

I'm still on the hunt for something really weird though - most of the above are unusual or even rare, but the flavours are relatively mainstream.

So have you tried any South Australian pies that are very different?

Do tell us in the comments, what do you think is Adelaide's weirdest pie flavour?
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by alley (score: 1|11) 3189 days ago
Cannot beat pie floaters for weirdness AND they originated in South Australia. Unfortunately I've never had one but a little birdy told me The Pie Cart may come back into business so I might still have a chance.

Glad the lamb shank pie satisfied the pie conoisseur ;)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 3702 days ago
Brighton Jetty Bakery does some interesting flavours for their pie of the month. Recent efforts include beef satay and yiros.
by Justc (score: 2|139) 3697 days ago
Venison pies - single serve & family size - are available at Mt Compass.
by kmtay (score: 1|69) 3701 days ago
You can still get a really yummy pie floater at
Cafe De Villi's at Manchester Street Mile End
by peter (score: 1|16) 3698 days ago
At Mt Pleasant Bakery you can try a rabbit and leek pie or how about a crocodile and asparagus pie!
by mark (score: 1|17) 3293 days ago
My daughter had a spaghetti bolognese pie from Lovell's Bakery in Birdwood and assures me it was awesome. I personally loved their fabulous tuna pie, yum...
by dette (score: 0|8) 3294 days ago
Sorry the weirdest pie my husband had was a scallop pie in Tasmania, he said it was delicous but cant find any here in Adelaide
by sandra (score: 0|8) 3609 days ago
Salt and Pepper Squid pie, Hamburger with the Lot pie and a festive Turkey and Cranberry pie are but a few of the culinary experiments conducted by Pik-a-Pie bakery in McLaren Vale. I must say some work better than others but overall they definitely past the test and if it is weird pies you are after then look no further. The pies are relatively cheap and the shop has a great low key country charm to it but the pies aren’t always available so get in before lunch to make sure you don’t go hungry.
The Chicken Tom-Yum Pie at Yankalilla Bakery has a great balance of green curry, lemongrass and spices that isn’t too over powering. Their Chilli Cheese Kranski also rates highly (not a pie though).
The Pie of the Month at Home Grain Bakery in Aldinga is an absolute winner. A bit pricey at over $5 but well worth it as they source local ingredients to showcase the wide range of food in the Fleurieu area. They often create a few oddities but the Moroccan Lamb Pie with the option of the addition of yogurt sauce rather than tomato was a winner over January.
Next door to Aldinga Bakery at Aldinga Seafood you can purchase all manner of seafood based pies but not being a big fan of fish, scallops, prawns and mussels I haven’t given them a try but I hear that they are decent.
The Parmi Pie at Bradleys Bakery in Noarlunga Downs is hard to pass up with pieces of beef schnitzel in a tomato sauce base inside and cheese added on top.
Broccoli and Cauliflower pie with a white cheese sauce base at Mt Compass Bakery is good for the vego’s out there and is just like grandma use to make alongside the Sunday roast……just in a pie.
by super (score: 0|7) 3680 days ago
This isn't in Adelaide, but scallop pies are quite popular in Tasmania. Being vegetarian, I have to say I've never tried one, but they sound interesting!
by Samantha Jeffree (score: 2|306) 3687 days ago
Nothing unconventionally weird here but on offer from Prices Fresh Bakery (who are apparently "Adelaide's only drive through bakery") are the traditional pie floaters and my favourite, the "Ned Kelly" pie (bacon, egg, tomato & steak). Mmm, mmm - fantastic!!!
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1747) 3697 days ago
Bull Creek Bakery at Bull Creek offers homegrown beef, tasty roast chicken, lentil/vegetable, mild curried beef and fallow venison. You will find them at most of the Adelaide Hills Markets.
by soupson (score: 2|133) 3697 days ago
I just tried a hangover pie from the Belair Bakery and it was rather tasty - Steak, tomato, egg, and cheese.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3637 days ago

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