Duda’s Aussie Meat Pie’s founder and chief pie-maker, Amy comes from the Mid North Coast of Australia where meat pies are the unofficial national dish. Leaving her small, coastal home town of Coffs Harbour at twenty years of age in search of adventure, Amy joined her sister on the faraway island of St Maarten in the Dutch West Indies. After quickly realizing that her small amount of savings wasn’t going to get her to Europe, she landed herself a stewardess gig on the luxury private yacht, “Relentless”.
Meanwhile, after growing up in landlocked Bend Oregon, Josh headed to Fort Lauderdale with dreams of landing a job on the ocean. Within 2 days he was hired, moved onboard 157ft motoryacht “Janey” and was underway to New Orleans.
Meeting back in 2008 in a dockside bar in Newport, Rhode Island, Josh and Amy remained friends for many years whilst traveling the world separately but meeting up in exotic locations of the Caribbean, South Africa and Australia. After 10 years back and forth from the boats, the mountains were calling. Josh moved back to Bend and started the process of opening a pool hall with his Dad, Jeff.
Also homeward bound, Amy was in the process of moving herself and her 4 beloved dogs from the tiny island of Roatan, Honduras where she called home for 4 years to her childhood home on the east coast of Australia. It was a longhaul journey that as fate had it, included a pit stop in Portland. That pit stop turned to an extended visit in Central Oregon and 4 months and 4 days later, the cutest little beach themed wedding in the valley vineyards.
Next came the winter of 2016, which was unlike any Bend winter in decades and certainly unlike any winter a little Aussie ‘island girl’ could’ve ever imagined. It was an intense time for Amy.
“That winter was a shock to my soul! We were in the process of buying a house, still awaiting my green card so I wasn’t allowed to work but Josh had a relatively new business to run and was always at Duda’s”.
In search of more inside hobbies and probably a (lot) homesick, Amy started experimenting with making the comfort foods of her home country, especially hearty meat pies. Emotionally exhausted of winter by the new year, Josh and Amy took off for 3 months in an RV (yes, with their 4 dogs…). They travelled across the country but only to places where they could wear flip flops and keep their down jackets safely packed away.
Searching for “Aussie Pie Shops” in every big city they visited, Amy & Josh did their research and continued to bake new pie varieties in their tiny RV oven.
Once the snow had melted, the pair returned to Bend with fresh spirit, a reawakened appetite for pies and a new mission: to introduce Bendites to Australia’s staple delicacy, The Aussie Meat Pie.
Gaining recognition in an article by Lisa Sipe for the Bend Source back in January 2018, Duda’s Aussie Meat pies have been well received by the Bend community.
Also featured on a TASTE THIS segment for Central Oregon Daily, production has now gone from baking a humble bakers dozen to several hundred pies a week to meet the demands of hungry Bendites.
Amy and Josh welcomed baby Jack Dutch Duda in November, 2018. But that didn't slow down their pie biz game!
In the summer of 2018 and 2019, Amy and Josh took their pie biz to the streets of Bend! With their little pop up tent, aussie flags and a couple of hot cases in tow, they set up shop at Bite of Bend, Summerfest, Munch & Music, Fall Fest, Oktoberfest, Little Woody and more. The hot pies were a big hit and they realized after day one, they were gonna need a second permanent location!
Duda's Aussie Pie biz expanded into the popular food truck lot on the northeast side of Bend, ON TAP in October 2019. Today you can find our classic list of pies, pasties and rolls along with rotating specials and delicious baked Aussie desserts. Short lunch break but a big hunger? We got you covered. Stop by the truck for a hot and ready pie!
Next time you find yourself in Bend, be sure to include a stop at one of our convenient locations. We are family owned, family friendly and kids are even welcome in the downtown bar location everyday until 8pm! Whether you’re in the mood for pint of Coopers, a round of pool, a traditional Classic Beef pie or the signature “Joe Burls” steak, bacon & cheese pie, be assured that you will truly find yourselves an authentic taste of the Land Downunder right here in Central Oregon! 🇦🇺
Ground beef, onion & garlic cooked in our aussie-inspired brown gravy and topped with a flaky, puff pastry lid.
THE CLASSIC & CHEESE
Classic beef in brown gravy with cheddar cheese and topped with a cheesy, flaky, puff pastry lid.
THE NED KELLY
Classic beef in brown gravy, topped with scrambled egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and a flaky puff pastry lid.
Seasonal roasted vegetables baked in Meg's signature curry sauce and topped with a flaky, puff pastry lid.
THE CHICKEN PARMY
Chicken breast, onion & garlic slow-cooked in marinara and topped with fresh mozzarella & a crispy parmesan puff pastry lid.
THE JOE BURLS
Chunky steak, bacon, onion & garlic slow-coked in brown gravy, baked with cheddar cheese and topped with a puff pastry lid.
THE SAUSAGE ROLL
House-made beef & pork sausage with Aussie flavors wrapped in our signature puff pastry.
THE SPINACH & FETA ROLL
Creamy spinach & feta cheese mix rolled in buttery, flaky puff pastry.
THE CHICKEN & BACON PASTIE
Diced chicken & bacon slow-cooked in a house-made ranch asiago sauce and baked in our signature puff pastry.
THE STEAK & BROCCOLI PASTIE
Tasty steak bites, fresh broccoli and gooey cheddar cheese sauce baked in our signature puff pastry.
Swing by the truck or drop us a line.
We look forward to hearing from ya!
Amy + Josh
1424 Northeast Cushing Drive, Bend, Oregon 97701, United States
11:00 am – 10:00 pm