Maggie’s Home Of The Chicken Pie
What? Why would we not kick this list off with the greatest? They have the word “pie” in their name, so you know it’s got to be good. Fortunately for them (and for us), Maggie’s Home Of the Chicken Pie is off the hook amazing. Now, we are aware of the rumours going around that Maggie’s is not that great but we’re convinced it’s a conspiracy made up by the Cloud People to keep newcomers from taking a bite of what loves tastes like. Maggie (whoever she is) stuffs as much filling as possible into the traditional golden crust. Fillings like chicken, steak and kidney, mince, and spinach and feta are winners in our books. It’s a super place to relax, people watch, and soak up the Gauteng sun.
King Arabic Sandwich
All the way from Gaze, Mohammad Yousuf learned how to bake pies from his father. Yousuf takes great pride in his heritage, insisting on using only the finest, imported, authentic ingredients. Patrons can expect warm flaky pastry stuffed with cheese, steak and cheese, or lamb. Yousuf also specialises in traditional warboot which consists of layers of filo pastry filled with cream and topped with a simple syrup and crushed pistachios.
Green & Gold
Yup, the old sports pub hidden behind the N1 on-ramp in Roodepoort is not only known for its authentic South African cooking (and rugby streaming). The menu boasts a beef, bacon and Guinness pie so good that folks have been known to travel all the way from the Far East (Benoni, as it were). But the boat does not stop there when it comes to the Green & Gold pie train. The pub also serves a lamb and mint pie, a cheese burger pie (yup, it’s as amazing as it sounds), and for good measure, a classic cottage pie… technically it’s a pie. All pies are served with chips and Castle Draught (at the time of writing, at least).
Illovo’s very own authentic French restaurant and bakery is home to delicious dishes. Beyond its petit fours and salmon fish cakes, La Patisserie has some of the best pies in Johannesburg… by far. The chicken pie is slightly more popular than the classic beef pie and is served with the salad of the day. Seeing as though cooking is a serious art form and a national sport in France, we’re glad to have a little bit of the land of the Franks in Jozi.
In the mood for a contemporary café that qualifies as a breakfast, brunch and sandwich shop but spins out some of the best pies in town? 2B Cuisine is known not only for its sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers, but also for its oxtail, red wine and rosemary pie, served with a rocket salad and Parmesan. It is an absolute must for flaky crust lovers like us.
Off the bat, take note that Moemas has closed their cafe to focus on catering… but that’s cool because now we can order our treats and delights in bulk. Hey! This is a safe space – no judgment or comments about our waistlines, please. We recommend the lamb pie with tomato, pine nuts and cinnamon, served with homemade chutney. Other winners include the mini beef, chicken, and pork pies. Do yourself a favour and have a look at the rest of their menu – Moemas is truly an awesome kitchen.
By Shawn Greyling
Any local pie joints that you think need to be added to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!