Edmonton’s heartiest meat pies

A delicious, savoury pie filled with various types of meat and veggies, and typically topped with gravy. Does it get any better? Most commonly from the U.K., Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada, there are many ways you can make ‘em, but there’s only two ways to enjoy them: With a fork and knife or with your hands.

The Bothy Wine & Whiskey Bar

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5482 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4J8

This Scottish whisky bar makes traditional chicken pie, as well as a mean steak and mushroom pie. Both are served with side salad and whole baby carrots, so it’s very filling. The pies are so full, the gravy oozes out, and never mind the taste. The steak and mushroom is my personal go-to and it never disappoints.

Cutie Pies

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5210 Wolf Creek Dr, Lacombe, AB T4L 2G6

Their sweet and savoury pies are sold across Alberta, but Edmontonians can be sure to get their fix at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Their varieties are perfection with every bite: classic turkey, chicken curry, beef stroganoff or the classic French Canadian meat pie, tourtièrre. Everything is made by hand and by the “Cuties” themselves. Their flaky, buttery pastry is to die for, truly.

South Island Pie Company

They sell authentic New Zealand-style meat pies, made fresh in Edmonton with locally sourced ingredients. With fun names for each variety, you know there’s a mouthful of fun in every bite as well. Some of their finest work includes the wilkie (steak and cheese), the chook (chicken, cranberry and camembert cheese), the shepherdless pie (potato and ale, sans ground beef) and a few others as well. You can order the pies online or visit them at the City Market seasonally.

Little Jack Horner's Meat Pies

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39 Foxborough Gdns, St. Albert, AB T8N 5E4

As their name suggests, their pies are all homemade and delicious. You can buy them frozen or ready-to-eat, depending on your needs. They make a hellava turkey pot pie, savoury beef, chicken and ham, steak and kidney, lamb and, of course, creamy salmon and smoked cod. There are several other varieties as well, so be sure to visit Little Jack and the crew at Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and City Market year-round.

Sunbake Pita Bakery

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10728 134 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5E 1J8

They specialize in Middle Eastern foods, like shawarma, and they bake their own pitas in-house, which people buy in bulk because they are so good. They prepare sfeha meat fatayer, which is an Arab meat pie, and is quite amazing. Their pie is somewhat open on top so you can see the rare meat in the centre and, of course, you eat it with your hands.

Vi's For Pies

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13408 Stony Plain Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3P5

This list wouldn’t be complete without including Vi’s. The chicken pot pie is one of the best in the city, and if it’s not world famous, it should be. And, don’t forget to have one of their amazing pies for dessert!

Jacaranda Imports

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A-3018 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5M5

This is a South African shopping experience in Edmonton. The company, which entered into a franchise agreement with Serengeti Outlet Edmonton, offers up a variety of South African products from groceries to gift baskets, meats and much more. They also prepare fresh and hot meat pies every Saturday, so this is definitely the day to visit.

On a cold, snowy Edmonton night, nothing says lovin’ like a cup of hot chocolate. It’s no surprise this drink was originally dubbed the “elixir of the gods.” Regardless of the variety you select, or whether you opt for the simplest hot chocolate on the menu, all I can say is ... don’t forget the marshmallows.
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Paired with a nice cup of coffee or topped with a scoop of ice cream, pie is unbeatable comfort food. And yet it faces stiff competition from cupcakes as the city’s dessert of choice. Well, pie is fighting back with old fashioned deliciousness as well as new and tantalizing flavours.
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