The humble pie, a most delicious and revered Aussie treat. Let’s be honest, we’ve all had our fair share of awful pies from convenience stores and petrol stations. Those days are over, friends. Brisbane is bursting with gourmet pies, from the delightfully sweet to the tantalisingly savoury. To help you get your pie on, we’ve brought together this list of some of Brisbane’s very best pies.
This West End spot is dedicated entirely to the business of flaky, flavoursome pies, and thanks to such a singular focus, Pie Town is absolutely nailing it. You won’t find a more buttery pie crust in the whole of Brisbane—trust us, we’ve tried. Baking up both sweet and savoury numbers, you could, if you felt like it, treat yourself to a two-course pie feast, kicking things off with one of their cheeseburger pies and ending things on a sweet note with their s’mores pie. The ultimate meal for any pie lover.
Ok, this one is technically not in Brisbane, but who hasn’t driven halfway to the coast just to get their hands on one of Yatala’s gourmet pies with a side of mash and peas? The quintessential pitstop on any Gold Coast road trip, Yatala’s pies are iconic for a reason, and we dare say there isn’t a single South East Queensland resident who couldn’t name their favourite slice (you do you but it’s the steak, bacon and cheese for me).
When we put a call out to our readers for the best pies in Brisbane, Mica Brasserie’s osso bucco pie kept coming up, which begged the question—how could we have let their croissants blind us to the joys of this rich, flaky feast for so long? Humbled and contrite, we too soon become obsessed with Mica Brasserie’s pie offering, and we daresay you will too if you can tear your eyes away from their pastry cabinet just once.
Bella & Tortie
We’ve got two words for you: Lasagne. Pie. You may not find this bechamel and bolognese beauty in the warmer at Bella & Tortie every week, but it’s pretty high on the rotation, so just keep trying until you do. Other regular flavours you’ll find appearing on the regular include beef cheek, onion and stout pie and pulled lamb shawarma, so you’re guaranteed a tasty pastry no matter what’s on offer.
Flour & Chocolate
Northgate, Morningside and Redcliffe
When it comes to anything that involves flour and being baked, whether it’s doughnuts, cookies, croissants or brownies, Flour & Chocolate serve up some of the best in Brisbane, so of course they’re experts at pies too. Favourites among their flavours include the spicy beef, cheese and jalapeno, vegetarian samosa and smokey beef brisket, depending on your luck on the day. Oh and be aware that you will walk out with more than just a pie—your willpower is no match for the treats on offer here.
Sumner and Woodridge
Pie Time’s philosophy is not to mess with the classics—and why would you when you do the classics this well? After baking pies for over 10 years, and winning a swag of awards in that time, it’s clear Pie Time deserves a spot on this list. They’ve got all the usual suspects—steak and kidney, steak and mushroom, chicken satay and chunky steak among them—but their one adventurous creation, which of course is our top choice, is the Ned Kelly, with whole egg, mince, bacon and cheese.
The Pie Hole
You don’t even need to go anywhere to get one of The Pie Hole’s pies—they’ll come to you (though they also do a weekend pop-up at The Black Market in Albion, just FYI). Now these guys are all about the sweet pies, but they’ll bring you so much more than just apple pie—we’re talking Mississippi mud, lemon meringue, rose pomegranate and pistachio, Turkish delight, banoffee and so many more. You can order them in family size (actually family to share them with optional), or in mini size by the dozen and 48 hours notice is required.
Don’t be put off by the British Food Shop next door (because let’s be real, the Brits don’t know what a good meat pie is), because Syd’s Pies are the business (and they’ve got the awards to prove it). There are some nods to the UK on the menu, including Cornish pasties, a pork pie and Scottish pies, but otherwise it’s all about true blue Aussie classics, from steak and pepper to a bacon and egg pie. And you can get an apple and rhubarb pie for dessert.
A strong contender for the most Australian business, Muzza’s Pies know what the people want. This Coorparoo icon prepare their pies fresh on premise, making them thick and chunky. You’ll find all the classics here, like chunky steak, steak and pepper, chicken, bacon and egg and even a mighty tasty vegetarian option.
New Farm, Albion And CBD
Of course Jocelyn's Provisions is supplying us with amazing pies. Ever the traditionalist, you'll find family favourites like lamb and rosemary, beef and red wine, chicken and mushroom, beef and lamb pies on offer. The real trick is walking out of there with just the pie and avoiding scooping up armfuls of cake. Good luck with that.
Mt Gravatt and Coorparoo
Though there was a recent change of ownership, the guys at Piefection are not messing around, and they’re still serving up some pretty spectacular gourmet pies that really take things to the next level. You’ll find insanely delicious treats like their famous Jack Daniels pork pie and Guinness beef and mushroom pie, plus crazy specials like hot lamb curry and beef cheek with blue cheese. You’ll never want a plain beef mince pie again.
Yeronga Bakery & Cafe
Another reader pick, Yeronga Bakery & Cafe gets extra points for adding requested mushy peas to their pies in the best way possible—sandwiched between the pie bottom and it’s golden pie lid. You should also ask for the gravy on top of course—just don’t try to eat it on the run. All the classics are in the warmer here, from beef and bacon to pepper steak, as well as the often elusive potato pie.
Stone Artisan Bakery
South Bank And Greenslopes
Sure Stone Artisan Bakery do a mean loaf of sourdough, but if you’re looking for a lunch that doesn’t require any assembly, you should look towards their pie cabinet. In it you’ll find wagyu steak and lamb and rosemary pies wrapped in perfect pastry for all the gourmets out there, while those in search of a classic can bite into chunky steak or meat, bacon and cheese.
Gluten-intolerant peeps, we haven’t forgotten about you. While Rainforest Bakery does have a pie cabinet full of regular, gluten-filled pies, they also do a gluten-free lamb and rosemary pie that will have any coeliacs heading back on the weekly. There’s other flavours available too, and you can pick up some other gluten-free goodies while you’re there.
If you’re after more carby goodness, here’s where to find Brisbane’s best bakeries.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White, Bella & Tortie, The Pie Hole, Jocelyn’s Provisions