South Boston may be better known for its Irish, but that hasn’t stopped the success of Aussie outpost KO Pies. Far from the developing waterfront KO Pies is a tiny storefront that sits just off the main drag of Broadway Street. KO, as it’s known for short, specializes in Australian meat pies, a buttery flakey hand-pie stuffed with savory fillings like classic beef, and braised lamb shank.
The pies aren’t all that big, but they are definitely on the heartier side. My favorite is the Irish beef stew, which is sort of an Aussie spin on the classic Shepherd’s Pie. If you’re not up for a pie there are lots of lighter, (and vegetarian!) options. Try the chickpea salad with a side of the spicy shrimp “barbie”, an Australian version of a kebab. As strange as it might sound, I never leave without ordering the side of “mushy peas”. It may look like baby food but they are a delicious comfort food! And for all the native Australians, or just adventurous eaters, KO stocks a few signature Aussie groceries like vegemite, Milo and Tim Tam.
The original KO, and my preferred location, is the South Boston store, but if you find yourself in East Boston there is a second outpost there as well! Cheers!