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Where Do You Find Melbourne's Best Pie?

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published August 3rd 2011
4 and 20 at the Football by Marc Ellis, (Flickr cc srr 2.0)

Is Melbourne's Iconic Pie, the traditional Four and Twenty at the Football, or is there another iconic pie experience? What makes a good pie? Is it having golden crusty pastry that melts in the mouth? Chunks of soft steak and delicate added herbs, organic ingredients? Is it the warmth of a pie fresh from the bakers oven? Or a combination of all these that make a magical pie? Or could it be the traditional meat pie with sauce consumed from the bag with mince in gravy, lashings of tomato sauce and pastry that is strong enough to stop the meat dripping down your jumper as you manoeuvre the delicate handling of this warm morsel.

Where do you get the best pie in Melbourne and what makes it such a great pie? Australia is known for its meat pies. Melbourne has many pies, from the traditional Four and Twenty to the gourmet pies that melt in your mouth and are accompanied by delectable chutneys or gourmet sauces.

In Sydney, the have Harrys Cafe de Wheels which was named as such because it had to move 12 inches every day to conform to council regulations in its early days.* In Adelaide they have the Adelaide Pie Cart and the pie floater, which has been in existence since the 1860's.** Where in Melbourne is the pie experience you must have?

Tiger by Kev Whelan. (Flickr cc srr.)

For gourmet pies in Melbourne I like the Martin St Cafe in Gardenvale and The Fitzroy St Baker, D. Chirico. On the Mornington Peninsula, you cant go past the Red HIll Bakery for sumptuous gourmet pies and wonderful strudel.

And is there a pie in Melbourne that could be considered iconic?

Where do you find the best pies in Melbourne?

Source: *Harry Cafe de Wheels website and ** The Pie Cart Website.)
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In the laneway off Block arcade in the city.
By hatzk - reader
Monday, 8th of August @ 07:21 am
Umm, Ive been there, but not had one of their pies.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Friday, 5th of August @ 01:37 am
The Warrandyte Bakery - using a wood-fired oven.. gives your senses a reminisce - how a good old fashioned pie used to taste!
By warra0 - reader
Friday, 5th of August @ 11:01 am
Sounds like everyone likes fancy pies. Pie in the Sky in Olinda for me - nice and simple and won heaps of awards for a good reason.
By steph - reader
Sunday, 14th of August @ 05:38 am
I vote for the pies at Studley Park Boathouse - I had a beef and burgundy one there last week. (With sauce, of course). Very tasty, hot, dribbly gravy, crisp pastry. And best of all, while I munched, I had a wonderful view over the Yarra.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 4th of August @ 09:58 am
Mordialloc Bakehouse bakery ( Superb )
By andre297 - reader
Monday, 8th of August @ 02:49 am
Williamsons. Chapel St. Prahran
By brian28 - reader
Monday, 8th of August @ 05:31 am
I think I know the laneway, but am unsure.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 9th of August @ 02:49 am
Tony's Pies in Buckley Street, Niddrie. THE BEST
By marke22 - reader
Thursday, 11th of August @ 03:18 am
Sothebys artisan bakery fitzroy. Yummmm
By Annav0 - reader
Friday, 12th of August @ 03:59 am
Yum, they all sound good.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Sunday, 14th of August @ 07:52 am
Pie In The Sky, Olinda-Melbourne
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 01:26 am
Merwins Pies - McClelland Drive Langwarrin. Curry is the best, great prices especially bought cold.
By mezza3 - reader
Monday, 22nd of August @ 03:00 am
The bakery at Grantvile does a great curry pie, makes your nose run.
By mezza3 - reader
Monday, 22nd of August @ 03:02 am
ALDI has really good individual pies, which are SQUOUND, i.e: square with round corners. Normally I only eat the inside with sauce & throw out the pastry. I don't like pastry! However, ALDI's individual pies are so good that they are completely consumed, much to the astonishment of all family & friends!
By fluffynut - reader
Monday, 21st of October @ 11:34 pm
Boscastle pies near Barkly Square,Brunswick.. Their factory is there & they have a small cafe attached to it. The only place we go for pies since we discovered it!
By tania47 - reader
Sunday, 22nd of March @ 09:44 pm
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By Terry - reader
Monday, 12th of October @ 08:36 pm
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By kazki - reader
Thursday, 14th of April @ 03:23 am
Keith's Pies, 119 Burnley Street, Richmond. Excellent! Big range of fillings, full of flavour, good quality ingredients, delicious pastry - very flaky on top.
By cress - reader
Wednesday, 26th of April @ 02:48 am

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