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Feed Your Pie Hole at Meal in a Pie

What has four corners, is filled with meat, and can travel anywhere you go?

Why, a South African Meal in a Pie, of course.

These feature flaky/light pastries with meaty fillings like spinach and feta, bobotie (that's curried beef with dried fruit), or lamb and potato. At only $4.95 a pop, they're inexpensive, single-serving meals -- not to mention quick and portable.

They hail from the eponymous Meal in a Pie, a South African shop that

also sells imported drinks and sundries. I stopped in to grab a few

pies, and ended up sampling the chicken curry and bobotie as well as

two sausage rolls. The bobotie was my favorite -- the sweet fruit tasted great against the spicy, curried ground

beef. The pie itself was made of airy, slightly buttery puff pastry.

The chicken curry tasted fresh, with shredded chicken mingling about

with potatoes and carrots. I dug the sausage rolls, too. They tasted

like breakfast sausage with the same pastry crust, and at $2.95 they

were even cheaper than the pies. I washed the pies and rolls down with

a Sparletta Creme Soda. The African version of the drink tasted

sweet and slightly floral, almost like it had rosewater in it.

Meal in a Pie sells bottled hot sauce made with piri-piri, a spicy

African pepper, and an indigenous style of beef jerky called biltong

that's cured with vinegar. It also sells frozen pies in bulk so you

can cook them up at home. The eatery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6

p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check it out if you want a quick,

fun meal on the go.

Meal in a Pie

4440 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33308


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John Linn

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