Costa Mesa, CA 92627
OC Weekly's Description
Pie-Not is an Australian restaurant in Costa Mesa that offers authentic Aussie meat pies: freshly baked, kept warm under heat lamps in a display case, and ready for takeout. There are a dozen different kinds here, each titled to make you grin. Most are variations on a ground beef-filled base-model pie called “Dog’s Eye.” When peas and carrots are added, with mashed potatos sealing the top, a Dog’s Eye becomes a “Drover,” a concoction that’s eats exactly like a shepherd’s pie. The “Shroomin’” is a Dog’s Eye with mushrooms in it. And when Cheddar and bacon bits are involved, it becomes “That’ll Do Pig.” But if any Aussie ex-pats have any doubt Pie-Not is actually Australian, there’s this: It offers lamingtons, a confection that resembles a brownie crossed with a Hostress Sno Ball, but is simply a square of soft sponge cake that has been encased in a slightly crunchy, fudge-like shell of chocolate icing, then covered in a furry coat of desiccated coconut.
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... More >>
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!
Dog's Eye is the standard Aussie meat pie with premium ground beef with finely diced onions in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. If you grew up in the 1980s and remember what a Manwich or Sloppy Joe is, you'll love this pie. This is definitely a comfort food for me as it took me back in time to when my mom used to make that for dinner after a long day at school. I love this version, as it not messy like its American counterpart. Thumbs up, way up!
Mary's is rosemary and roasted garlic with premium ground lamb, diced onions, and back bacon in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. Wow! The fantastic rosemary flavor and scent paired perfectly with the lamb. This is my favorite pie! Thumbs up, way up!
Slice of Heaven is rich homemade caramel filling layered on a sweet shortbread crust and finished with a thick milk chocolate topper and sea salt. This really is a slice of heaven! It's like a chocolate macaroon in cookie form. Love it! Thumbs up, way up!
What a Lemon is crushed tea biscuit slice with fresh lemon rind and desiccated coconut finished with a freshly squeezed lemon juice icing. It tasted like an essence of lemon from the rind, not too sweet and not too sour, just right. Thumbs up, way up!
The Lamington is butter sponge cake cubed and rolled in chocolate icing and dusted with desiccated coconut. This also reminded me of childhood. If you remember Raspberry Zingers, you'll love this. It doesn't have the raspberry flavor, but the texture and coconut flavor will remind you of the American snack. The Lamington has a little more finesse making it dessert like. Thumbs up, way up!
Tips from foursquare
Sample some of Australia's finest offerings with the dog's eye pie, digger biscuit and a cup of flat white bun coffee espresso for just $8!
Use your hands if you're "piehard" fans!
Order the "David". Off-menu beverage. Delicious.
The "Rockin Chook" is super delicious!! Coffee too!
Everything is good, but get there early. The best pies seem to sell out fast
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