After seeing Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern eating Aussie meat pies, I have wanted to try it badly. With a trip to Australia far in the future, I thought I would never get to try one until now. PIE-NOT specializes in a range of gourmet Australian meat and vegetarian pies and pastries, bringing this delicious street food to the US. Jai Snowdon, originally from the Gold Coast of Australia, and Ryan Lopiccolo, of Newport Beach, CA, spent two years perfecting the recipes and the concept with the help of Chef Samantha Boxer, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. Doors opened in May 2013 to sell-out days during the soft opening and have been busy ever since. Since then, they have upped their production to keep up with the demand. All leftover food is donated to a local shelter and every morning, they start all over again with fresh ingredients making every pie from scratch. They picked the perfect location on the blossoming 17th Street Promenade which has become Costa Mesa’s restaurant row. The service is super-friendly and if you ever have questions, they are happy to help you. The menu can be daunting at first, but they have an item on the menu to cure your hunger pain.
Sprung a Leek is premium chunky chicken breast in a white wine cream sauce with tender green leeks in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. The crust was golden brown perfection. The puff pastry lid was like a buttered croissant. The chicken was moist and white wine sauce was packed with flavor unlike the typical American pot pie. The leek added a refreshing flavor component. It’s definitely a meal in itself. Thumbs up, way up!
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