Saturday 28 Dec 2013
Australians LOVE their meat pies. LOVE. And I’m fortunate enough that a post of one of the most famous pie stands in Sydney is a half a block from our stage door!
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels.
A 70 year old Sydney tradition and still going.
“Harry “Tiger” Edwards opened the original caravan cafe, named simply Harry’s, near the gates of the Woolloomooloo Naval Yard in 1938. He served with the AIF in World War II, during which time the cafe was not operational. The cart re-opened upon his return from the war in 1945.
The name Cafe de Wheels came about because of the requirement from the city council that mobile food caravans had to move a minimum of 12 inches (30 cm) each day. The cart has been moved to various locations on Cowper Wharf road over the last 70 years, mostly due to re-development work in the Woolloomooloo Bay area. Local legend tells that the name was temporarily changed to Cafe de Axle at one point when the wheels were stolen. It was referred to as Harry the Axle’s for most of the sixties throughout the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.”
I had my first one last night when I was famished and the show still wasn’t over. And boy is it good.
This is going to be dangerous…