During our night shoot last week we stopped at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels for dinner. Always plenty of action here and the list of celebrities who have eaten here is legendary. I had a Chicken and Bacon Tiger This is a chicken & bacon pie (yummy) with a big dollop of mashed potato on top with a pile of cooked mashed peas on top of that with a hollow made in the peas filled with gravy !!!! Sydney, NSW Australia
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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 by the city council five times over the past 55 years, and is now back at its original spot. 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.
As the years passed, ’Harry’s Cafe de Wheels’ gained new fame as a tourist attraction. A visit to the caravan became a ‘must’ for visiting celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Marlene Dietrich. In 1974, Colonel Sanders stopped at Harry’s and enjoyed the food so much that he ate three ‘pies and peas’ while leaning on his walking stick in front of the caravan. A picture of Sanders taken during the visit still hangs in the caravan today.
Harry’s specialises today in the same basic food that was popular back in the 1940s, such as pies and mushy peas. During the 1970s Harry’s introduced hot dogs, mostly to appease the American sailors.
The pies and hotdogs available on the menu include:
The famous Tiger pie and its variations (Bacon and Cheese Tiger, Veggie Tiger)
Pie and Peas Seafood Pie
Hot Dog with veggies Hot dog de wheels Chilli dog