KO Pies

By Amy Fukuizumi · 01/05/2017    East Boston · Australian · $$

“Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; pie, pie, pie!”

Yeah, okay, that’s not exactly how the chant goes. But when we’re eating at KO Pies, it’s what we want to yell—when our mouths aren’t of full of meat pie.

Established in 2010 by career chef and pie-loving Aussie Sam Jackson, KO Pies was the first to bring traditional Australian offerings to Boston. Jackson felt compelled to craft and share his knockout Down Under favorites with our hungry city. We are eternally grateful he did.

Interior of KO Pies

At its shop in Eastie, the main offering from KO Pies is, unsurprisingly, pie! Meat and veggie pies are baked in five-inch rounds; filled with staples like classic ground beef (with or without cheese), beef stew (slow cooked and shredded), and braised lamb shank; and enclosed in flaky, crispy puff pastry.

In the shop and online, you’ll find a step-by-step diagram explaining the correct way to eat a pie: with your hands. It’s suggested, and it’s fun, but don’t worry—you’ll also find forks and knives. And nobody will judge you if you use them.

We find the utensils handy if you top your pie with the “floater”—the mushy peas, mash, and gravy add-on. (Do it. You know you want to.)Or, if you’re feeling like a non-pie item, try the grilled seafood, fish and chips, sandwiches, or salads. All Aussie, all bloody good!

Irish beef stew pie with floater from KO Pies

But it’s not just the food that makes KO Pies a worthy destination. The Pantry is stocked with Aussie grocery items, the fridges are full of Aussie beers, intriguing art hangs on the walls, and clocks show the time in major Aussie cities—fun touches that make you want to stay and playfully eat pie.

Just a few doors down from Downeast Cider House, the spot’s unique setting only improves in summer when you can grab a seat outside, play some giant Jenga or Connect Four, and look out across the water. In the colder months, the patio is covered and ponchos are offered, and when that stops being warm enough, the inviting dining room holds you just as well—proof that any time of year, any time of day, KO Pies should be on your list.

food from KO Pies

KO Pies offers eat-in, take out, and catering. No matter your situation, you can always have pie. And, they’ll even show you how to do it right.

Feeling chilly? Ask about the loaner ponchos to keep you warm at the Eastie location.

During warmer months the Eastie location sometimes hosts popup restaurants on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesday (look out for the coveted Indonesian Kaki Lima).

Must Haves

  • Ground beef and white cheddar topped with shredded parmesan = ultimate comfort and cheesy crunch. Top with brown sauce and dig in.

  • All the flavors of slow-cooked beef stew baked into a pie topped with smooth peas, creamy mashed potatoes, and gravy (aka the floater). This pie is the owner’s favorite, and the floater just turns the pie into the bigger, mashier, mushier version of itself.

  • Flaky, warm crust lightly hugs a ground meat sausage for the perfect complement to a pie, beer, salad, sandwich, or another sausage roll.

Fun Fact

What’s a KO? Take your pick: According to KO Pies, it means both “knock out” and “Ken Oath,” some kind of Aussie slang for “reaffirming your admiration.”

Tastes of KO Pies

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