Vancouverites are going to have a challenge having a finger in every pie this summer, as there's going to be an abundance of them.
Three pie places are opening their doors, expanding the availability of both sweet and savoury pies across the city.
Previously, we mentioned that Sweet and Savoury Pie Company opened at 2261 East Hastings Street on March 2 with its menu of sweet and savoury pies (hence, its name), as well as charcuterie boards, soup, salads, and more.
Meanwhile, Whistler's Peaked Pies is setting up shop at 975 Denman Street. It'll be its first store in Vancouver.
Peaked Pies, run by Alex Relf (from Vancouver Island) and Kerri Jones (from Australia), opened its first location at 105–4369 Main Street in Whistler in 2013. The duo's company specializes in Australian meat pies, and also serves coffee and desserts.
By phone, Jones said that the new West End location is 1,000 square feet (the Whistler location is 700 square feet) and will seat about 16 people.
The savoury pie menu includes chunky steak and mushroom, butter chicken, and vegetable medley (with yam, corn, carrots, celery, cauliflower, and leeks in a coconut milk sauce). There's even the Hopper, with kangaroo in cabernet basalmic reduction.
If you want to kick off your day with a pie, they also serve open-faced breakfast pies. The Ned Kelly, named after an Australian bush ranger, includes ground beef, bacon, egg, and cheese while the Rise and Shine is made up of scrambled eggs, green peppers, bacon, hash browns, and cheese.
Jones said their most popular pies are the traditional Aussie (with ground beef) and the steak, bacon, and cheese.
For the ravenous, order your pie "peaked" and you'll receive a generous dollop of mashed potatoes and a scoop of mashed peas on top of the pie, with gravy drenched over it. Talk about comfort food—this is the full meal deal.
There are also Aussie pastries and desserts, such as lamingtons (sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut) and ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) biscuits (made of rolled oats, syrup, and more).
On the coffee menu, yes, the Australia's flat white is in there amongst the usual caffeinated suspects.
The West End location is aiming for an August opening, Jones said.
Elsewhere, another pie shop opening a second location this summer is the Pie Shoppe. Sisters Stephanie and Andrea French opened their first location in 2012 at 721 Gore Avenue in Chinatown.
The second spot will be at 1875 Powell Street in a larger space that will accommodate a slightly larger seating capacity and room for workshops.
On the menu, there'll be ice cream as well as a seasonal savoury pie menu.
Their current pie menu varies from savoury selections like goat curry masala or spicy chipotle chicken to intriguing flavours like orange and cardamom buttermilk chess or grapefruit and Campari custard.
Pie lovers of Vancouver, you clearly have your work cut out for you this summer, delicious as it is.