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If there was one word associated with Muddy Creek Cafe, it would be this: pies. No matter what the filling, locals and visitors can’t get enough of owner Pauline Huddleston’s pies. When asked what makes them such a hit, her answer is simple: ‘‘They are quite big and they are full of meat, not full of gravy’’.
Crafted from an old family recipe, worked out through a bit of trial and error, the pastry creations have been filling stomachs in Omakau for the past decade. Quality Southland venison is packed into the most popular pie of the 10 on the menu. Other varieties include satay chicken, steak and cheese, and a vegetarian option boasting ‘‘whatever is in season’’. One reviewer stated: ‘‘The home-made pies that are sold here are legit the best-tasting pie I have ever had. Would fly back to New Zealand tomorrow if I could, just to have one!’’.
Other homemade treats available in the comfortable cafe include muffins, slices, scones, sandwiches, cheese rolls and gluten-free options. Fresh fish and chips is also available at the cafe, with a full fried menu featuring home-made seafood patties, and towering burgers cooked to order. Muddy Creek Cafe, on the main street of Omakau, provides a great place to stop for a bite to eat, a cold Benger Gold juice or a good cup of Robert Harris coffee. The friendly country service will keep you coming back for more.
Muddy Creek Cafe, 2 Harvey St, Omakau. Phone 03 447 3344.