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Dec 30, 2012 11:10 AM

ISO meat pies

The local bakery in highland village (East Scarborough) went under in the past year, and I've lost my source for meat pies. I'm sure they didn't make them from scratch, but rather bought them wholesale uncooked, then baked them in house. I started eating these when they were sold at the shopsy's counter within loblaws 35+ years ago, and now I'm suffering without my essential comfort food.

These are not scotch pies, though they are often sold side-by-side. They are like mini-tourtière pies, in a metal tin. Anyone know where I can find these, preferably in scarborough/pickering?

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  1. High Street Fish and Chips at 55 Underhill (DVP and Lawrence) makes their own beef/chicken pies in-house. The pastry is wonderful and they're not skimpy with the meat. A bit pricey, but worth the money.

    1. No Scarborough, but Flaky Tart on Mt. Pleasant makes lovely meat pies.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        I've seen them mentioned here for butter tarts also, so that might be worth a trip.

        1. re: non sequitur

          Yes, her butter tarts are my favourite in the city. And you might want to call ahead about the meat pies. They usually have a stock in the freezer, but if you have a special request for a certain number, it's good to be safe. They have both tourtieres and British-style pies.

      2. But 'n' Ben is a Scottish bakery and butcher. They have locations in Pickering and Scarborough. I've only been to the Scarborough location which is on Ellesmere near McCowan. It's considered their "butcher" shop, but it carries all of their baked goods including meat pies for immediate eating or for reheating at home. They also rent kilts! Maybe the Pickering location has even more baked goods?

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        1. re: num nums

          Close enough to make a trip, though these look more English style (steak and kidney), than the regular ground beef ones I'm after. My father will love this place though, so thanks for the lead!

          1. re: non sequitur

            I've just recalled another place: Highland Fish & Chips on Ellesmere right by the UofT Scarborough campus. I think they have both the chunky and minced variety of meat pies. I have only been once and it was a few years ago. It is a sit down place so would be better than But 'n' Bens if you want to take your Dad.

        2. The Bristol Yard - on Christie St, just north of the park

          1. I did check out But 'n' Ben in Pickering: nice staff (helpful and patient - important when you have 40 items on display with no signage to describe any of them).

            Important to note that it is this bakery in Pickering that supplies ALL the fish and chips places referenced in this thread!

            I picked up some steak pies and scotch pies, but sadly did not find the simple ground beef in a pie shell that I'd always assumed was ubiquitous in Toronto, at least 30 years ago. Scotch pies are close, but fattier and with a harder crust.

            As noted in another current tread, Saucier foods was a wholealer to local bakeries until closing last year (it's owner Roger Wils returning to the restaurant biz), leaving a real vacuum in the world of those who love the pie that probably rivals the "healthiness" of poutine.

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            1. re: non sequitur

              A couple of weeks ago I bought a steak and kidney pie in a Brit shop in Orangeville. When I got it home I discovered it was made by But N Ben--about 2-3 miles away::((. Anyway it was very tasty but I'm not sure it was what you are looking for.

              1. re: Herne

                Yes: BnB seems to supply everybody (full list at, but you are correct about them not having what I'm looking for (which means all the fish and chip places don't have what I'm looking for either, since they are all supplied by BnB).

                That leaves flaky tart as the only possibility mentioned in this thread that I haven't tried, and I won't make it this trip.