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“Pretty Unique”

KO Catering and Pies
Ranked #554 of 3,243 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: US$1 - US$10
Cuisines: Australian
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Neighbourhood: South Boston
Description: Authentic Australian Food in Boston. Eat-in at a communal table for 8 or takeaway for lunch and dinner. Serving savory meat and vegetable pies, sausage rolls and fresh food from the grill. Australian groceries are available from the The Pantry. Handmade, gourmet and authentic, it's a pie, mate!
Astor, FL
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Pretty Unique”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We celebrated my son-in-laws birthday here last Sunday. What a unique restaurant in a very unique area of Boston. The place is very casual. It features Australian food including traditional Australian meat and vegetarian pies. Burgers and seafood are also available along with a fine selection of beers.

We had the Lamb shank pie. It was very good and reasonable priced. Others in our group had burgers. They said they were really good.

Sunday the weather was beautiful so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the live music. The waterfront views from here are beautiful.

If you're in East Boston and looking for a casual place to eat try KO Pies.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Mmmeat Pies”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I don't know of any other Australian eateries in the area, so I was very curious about KO Pies. The East Boston location is right in the shipyard. You can drive right up to it, but you have to acknowledge the shipyard gatekeeper. It's sort of tucked away but it just adds to the unique atmosphere. Try the regular meat pie first (eat with your hands!), but check out the weekly specials as well as the Lamb and Curried Vegetable. There is indoor and outdoor seating, which is nice when you want to enjoy the air and look at the funky shipyard sculptures. (FYI East Boston location is closed Monday and Tuesday)

  • Visited June 2013
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Carlisle, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“East Boston location”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We ate at the location right between the Boston Harbour Shipyard and Logan Airport. Pies were available frozen, heated, or room temperature. Excellent value and flavor! Small picnic table outside, bar inside. Grungy docks around the neighborhood, but this was a safe, clean island, suitable for families and parties in the small outside tent. Delicious! (open lunch, dinner, and later night - not sure about the middle of winter, we went in May).

Visited May 2014
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Providence, RI
Level 6 Contributor
235 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“We bought these excellent pies frozen and took them home.”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

It's interesting how we sometimes stumble upon great food finds. After taking our daughter to the Boston Museum of Science on a recent Saturday, we decided to eat at a small family run Italian restaurant in a blue collar neighborhood in East Boston, one that was featured a few years ago on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri. It's called Rino's Place, and we've been waiting for the opportunity to try the food there for a long time.

Rino's Place opens at 3PM. We got there at 3PM. The line was out the door and down the street, with a 3-hour wait. (They don't take reservations for parties smaller than 6.) I don't care how good the food is supposed to be...I'm not going to wait 3 hours to eat pasta. So, disappointed, we drove off, hoping to perhaps visit Rino's on a less popular weekday some other time.

Meanwhile, my wife, the artist, was scanning the neighborhood and found an interesting art gallery, Atlantic Works, nearby. We decided to check it out. There wasn't much to see, but the ladies that ran the joint told us that Rino's, in their opinion, was good but overrated. The exposure Rino's got from DDD was so huge that they even bought the convenience store across the street from the restaurant and converted it into a bar for those that chose to wait for their tables. Total cash cow.

Just down the road from the Atlantic works, the ladies told us, was a funky little joint that made authentic Australian meat pies. That sounded good. They said it was tucked away inside a funky old marina that featured bizarre metal sculptures on the roofs of the buildings. That sounded intriguing. Off we went.

A few lefts and rights...a little loss of GPS at one moment...and we arrived at the Boston Harbor Marina. Definitely the slow season, as many of the boats were still shrink-wrapped, but you could see this place had potential in the summertime, with huge metal sculptures of fish and mermaids on the property. And sure, enough, tucked away in a far corner was KO Catering and Pies, our Aussie meat pie joint.
It was cold and windy outside, but some brave souls were sitting at the picnic tables outside, enjoying their meals. We chose to buy a bunch of frozen pies and take them home to re-heat.

They were awesome: beef with cheese, braised lamb shank, beef stew...all surrounded by some of the most delicious and flakiest pie crusts you ever bit into.
KO has another location in south Boston as well. Either one is worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2014
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Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“TASTY, CONVIENT AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

We used to get pasties (the english version of a meat pie) from a store in Sarasota Florida but shipping was more than the pasties. This is a better replacement....The pies are filled with meat and just the right size. I only wish that i could make a crust that tasted this good and was as flakey. My only critical feedback would be that the curried pies need to have more curry. We live on Martha's Vineyard so we do not get there often (there are at least a dozen pies in the oven at the moment) and we will be sure to restock the next time we get to Boston. They make a great to have on hand.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank reid e
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