Two things I love are pies and well-seasoned meat. Fortunately, at The Bronzed Aussie in downtown, the two are combined into a delicious meat pies.
The shop is located in a short alley off South Los Angeles Street in a quiet alcove of new stores and apartments called Santee Court. The area is welcome escape from the noise and bustle of the main street, and could be a nice place to sit and enjoy a coffee or chat with some friends over some pies.
The owner Samantha serves up a variety of pies, tarts and coffees. She informed me that in Australia meat pies are like a hot dog here – fast, cheep, and omnipresent. She says it was the English who first brought “pie culture” to Australia when it was a colony, but it was the french who added flavor and a gourmet touch.
I tried the “The Original” pie, with lean ground beef, gravy, tomatoes and spices.
The crust was flakey and delicious, the filling was warm and hearty. It was good for a quick snack or lunch and I’m planning on returning to try some other flavors and desserts.