being MVP: {Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Pie-Not / Costa Mesa

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Pie-Not / Costa Mesa

I absolutely love food and am always hunting for new places for lunch during the work week.  Since my mother and her husband were visiting for Mason's 1st birthday party, I decided to bring them along to a tasting at Pie-Not in Costa Mesa on his actual birthday!  

Pie-Not's owners, Jai Snowdon and Ryan Lopiccolo, were very cordial and inviting when I stepped into this enticing haven of Australian pies. From the preparation to the final presentation and decor, the rustic feel and taste is present throughout Pie-Not. I was excited to dig into the Australian pies that were meant to be devoured with two hands unlike a traditional pie.  The golden crust is pastry like and has a rich taste that just opens your taste buds to the goodness hidden inside.  

I sampled the following:

[dog's eye] the standard aussie meat pie, premium ground beef with finely diced onions. This was my mother's favorite. She doesn't usually like red meat and she was all over this pie. The flavors were savory and bold and satisfying as a meal. Guess who only got a teeny little bite of this pie? 

[the drunken cow] red wine & roasted garlic braised premium chunky beef & pearl onions. This was my mother's husband's favorite. Since he is a meat kind of guy (no potatoes, no veggies), I kind of had an inkling that he would lean toward this pie. Sure enough, he could not praise the drunken cow enough. It was packed full of meat - kind of like beef stew in a pie.

[rockin chook] premium chunky chicken breast w/apricots, pine nuts, sultanas, saffron & fresh herbs. I giggled inside when Jai said chook because in Korean it means porridge however the Aussies refer to chook as chicken. I LOVE THIS PIE. It had a bit of sweetness that was well received by my little meaty. He had his first pie experience and kept pointing for more and more! 

[ghandi] sweet indian spiced chickpeas w/potato, cauliflower, carrot & butternut squash pieces. This was delicious and perfect for any vegetarian. I like that although the spices give it a lot of flavor, it's still mild enough for those that are newbies to the "indian flavors". The perfect companion to any of the classic Pie-Not meat pies. 

A meal is not complete without dessert and yes Pie-Not serves up their own homemade treats.

[slice of heaven] rich homemade caramel filling layered on a sweet shortbread crust & finished w/a thick milk chocolate topper & sea salt. This is my favorite. I could most likely eat an entire tray and then pass out with a smile on my face. Not too sweet yet satisfying enough for even the biggest sweet tooth. 

[what a lemon] crushed tea biscuit slice w/fresh lemon rind & desiccated coconut finished w/a freshly squeezed lemon juice icing. This is a close 2nd to the slice of heaven. The fresh lemon flavor is ever so present my mother actually finished this even though she was complaining about gaining too much weight on the trip.

[map a'tassie] light puff pastry triangle stuffed w/a rough cut seasonal fruit filling & dusted w/icing sugar. I love a good pastry for breakfast and this would be perfect (if it were on my drive to work) as an alternative to a donut or bagel. My mother's husband enjoyed this and is desperately waiting for Pie-Not to open in FL.

[the lamington] the traditional & unique aussie dessert, butter sponge cake cubed & rolled in chocolate icing & dusted w/desiccated coconut. Maybe it's because when I think cake, I think huge slices filled with loads of fruit/custard and topped with generous servings of icing/ganache, this didn't do it for me. Or perhaps my tummy was just so overjoyed by the decadent slice of heaven and what a lemon that it did not fully enjoy the lamington as would have otherwise. I will have to give it a fair chance another time. 

I'm sure you are all thinking wow what a feast [and pig], but I assure you that I did share and although we were full, we did not feel bogged down and heavy. I even had a chance to try a refreshing Bundaberg beverage as well as a {hands down no comparison to Starbucks, Pete's and Coffee Bean} cup of Bun Coffee.  

I am definitely adding this to my list of lunch spots and have already told several friends/co-workers about Pie-Not. I'll be visiting again soon and hope to see you there!


270 E 17th St

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 650-7437

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  1. Wow they look and sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I wish I lived close to here! Everything looks delicious!

  3. I might have to check this out, maybe on Saturday. My daughter and I are going to Pacific Amphitheatre for a concert.

  4. That looks fabulous!! I wish I were closer for sure!! I <3 food! haha!

  5. I love hearty pies. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wish they had one in this neck of the woods! I would probably be one of their best customers.

  7. WOW, I didn't know this place was around. Time to check it out when in CM!!

  8. I keep meaning to try this place! My Aussie friends that live here love it! Can't wait to try! Especially the Indian spiced one!

  9. Looks unbelievable! I would go in and never come out lol!

  10. I went there on Saturday evening with my daughter and had the rockin chook and the what a lemon pastry. Both were so delicious.

  11. It all looks so good!

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