Pulled pork pastie
I’ve been a loyal fan of Pacific Pie Company for years now and I like their savory and sweet selections equally that I order at least one of each every time I go there. It’s a calorie busting visit each time so I try not to make a habit of going there too often, but when I do I don’t hold back one bit. In fact my last visit even included a pastie, pot pie, sausage roll and peanut butter pie to go because y-o-l-o.
I decided to have lunch there on a rainy December afternoon with a coworker before heading out and running errands. I was particularly hungry so I ordered a lot of food which is pictured above. Let me preface that I only ate half of what you see on that plate so I’m not quite the oinker you will no doubt be wondering. I chose the pulled pork pastie after ordering the pulled pork sandwich the last time I was there. Let’s just say I almost needed a shower after eating it, yes it was that messy! Delicious but I wasn’t in the mood for a messy meal so the pastie was the way to go. My side item is a spicy coleslaw and the sauce that came along with the meal is a tangy vinegar based dipping sauce that is also used in the pastie. Too tangy in my opinion and not really needed because the pastie is already full of flavor. Now here is the crazy part, I seriously thought I could also eat a side of mac and cheese so I ordered that too but that was a big mistake as you will soon be reading about.
If you are unfamiliar with a pastie (also can be spelled pasty) it is essentially a pot pie that you can hold and eat on the go but just be aware you will no doubt have flaky pastry goodness all over your face and hair if it’s made right. I’ve had some of their vegetarian options (spinach & feta and veg & cheese) but since I’ve transformed into a carnivore I find myself ordering and craving pork more than anything else. Hence, my order of the pulled pork pastie ($8). Underneath the flaky buttery crust is a tangy blend of spices and an ample amount of pork. My order came with a choice of either spicy coleslaw or a salad. I don’t even like coleslaw but I really like their version. All coleslaw should have a spicy kick of heat to it! But if that wasn’t enough, I also ordered mac and cheese ($3.50) which I will probably never order again. I had high hopes considering I’ve never eaten anything bad there but I hate to even say that it wasn’t that great. It was barely cheesy (a dry mac and cheese) and although the toasted breadcrumbs were a nice touch, there was zero flavor. I had to add salt to even give it any at all. The first disappointment I’ve experienced at this place. The second was it took over 20 minutes to make it. If I timed it, it may be closer to 30 minutes so I’m being generous here. It’s easier to order everything to go. There is a freezer of ready-made products as well ready to eat pasties in the display warmer. And next time I’ll stick to what I like best which is pasties/pot pies and peanut butter pie ($4). The “P” trifecta!
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Location: 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503-381-6157