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Lehto’s Pasties in St. Ignace.
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A First-Rate U.P. Pasty Road Trip, Mapped

Nine marvelous Michigan meat pies

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Lehto’s Pasties in St. Ignace.
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If Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could be summed up in one dish — it would probably be the pasty. Not to be confused with a certain topless accessory, pasties (pronounced pass-tees) are traditional pies from Cornwall, England, filled with meat and vegetables. Pasties first infiltrated the UP region when the Cornish miners settled in Michigan’s Copper Country. The recipe quickly spread with different variations being taken up by local Finnish immigrants.

Sail across the Mackinac Bridge into St. Ignace and you almost immediately enter meat pie country. Yoopers and UP tourists alike flock to these roadside spots for a filling meal. There’s even a festival in Calumet dedicated to the dish. The presentations and fillings vary from location to location, with some pasties rolled tightly into long loaf-like pockets and others crimped into half moon-shaped hand pies. If condiments are necessary, those in the know spurn the gravy and instead go for the ketchup (or nothing at all).

While everyone has their favorite pasty shop, below —arranged geographically for the ideal pasty road trip — find nine of the best the UP has to offer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co.

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514 S Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

With two locations in Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co. is an easy — if not completely traditional — spot to pick up a hand pie and a cookie before the drive across Mackinac Bridge into the UP. These eye-shaped pockets come in classic iterations like beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga as well as a taco-style “pastie grande” and a “pastie Italiano” with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The aforementioned brown gravy abounds.

2. Lehto’s Pasties

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1983 US-2
St Ignace, MI 49781

One of the U.P.’s most beloved pasty pitstops, Lehto’s has been packing meat and veggies into pastries since 1947. The original recipe is a longer rolled pocket of flaky pastry filled with beef, onions, potato, and rutabaga. Gravy costs extra, but, if anything, you should be going for the free ketchup anyway.

3. Hiawatha Pasties

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11644 US-2
Naubinway, MI 49762

This pasty shack and fudge shop’s pasties may not be much to look at (the pastry is rolled into a tube) but the flavors are right. Choose from traditional fillings like beef or pork. Ketchup is available, but the pasties probably won’t need it.

4. Muldoon’s Pasties & Gifts

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1246 M-28
Munising, MI 49862

While it may not be the oldest shop, Muldoon’s is one of the best known destinations for pasties. The meat pies here are thick domes with rounded, crimped edges and come in a variety of flavors from chicken to beef to vegetable and fruit-filled.

5. Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs

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1635 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

Marquette mainstay Jean Kay’s makes Cornish pasties using a family recipe. Each pocket is bulging with flank steak and rutabaga and round with a twist in the front. The restaurant also makes sandwiches, salads, and wraps.

6. Lawry’s Pasty Shop

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2381 US-41
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Founded in Ishpeming more than 70 years ago, this venerable pasty stop also has an outpost in Marquette. Half moon-shaped pasties here come in two sizes — large and small — filled with veggies and beef. Fans also swear by the cudighi sandwiches.

7. Toni's Country Kitchen

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79 3rd St
Laurium, MI 49913

Jutting off towards Copper Harbor in the town of Laurium, Toni’s bakes Cornish pasties stuffed with meat and sliced potatoes. The restaurant also offers cinnamon bread, breakfast plates, soups, sandwiches, and other baked goods.

8. Joe’s Pasty Shop

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116 W Aurora St
Ironwood, MI 49938
906-932-4412 
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Edging up against the Wisconsin border in Ironwood, this U.P. pasty shop serves a variety of pasties from traditional Cornish (steak, potatoes, rutabagas, and onions) to Finnish-style pasties with carrots.

9. The Pasty Oven

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7279 US-2
Quinnesec, MI 49876

Quinnesec staple The Pasty Oven delivers large pasties with the traditional twisted “handle” crust closure along one side of the pie. The restaurant bakes a broad selection of pasties including pepperoni pizza, chicken and cheese, and breakfast pockets with a choice of ham or sausage.

1. Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co.

514 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

With two locations in Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co. is an easy — if not completely traditional — spot to pick up a hand pie and a cookie before the drive across Mackinac Bridge into the UP. These eye-shaped pockets come in classic iterations like beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga as well as a taco-style “pastie grande” and a “pastie Italiano” with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The aforementioned brown gravy abounds.

514 S Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

2. Lehto’s Pasties

1983 US-2, St Ignace, MI 49781

One of the U.P.’s most beloved pasty pitstops, Lehto’s has been packing meat and veggies into pastries since 1947. The original recipe is a longer rolled pocket of flaky pastry filled with beef, onions, potato, and rutabaga. Gravy costs extra, but, if anything, you should be going for the free ketchup anyway.

1983 US-2
St Ignace, MI 49781

3. Hiawatha Pasties

11644 US-2, Naubinway, MI 49762

This pasty shack and fudge shop’s pasties may not be much to look at (the pastry is rolled into a tube) but the flavors are right. Choose from traditional fillings like beef or pork. Ketchup is available, but the pasties probably won’t need it.

11644 US-2
Naubinway, MI 49762

4. Muldoon’s Pasties & Gifts

1246 M-28, Munising, MI 49862

While it may not be the oldest shop, Muldoon’s is one of the best known destinations for pasties. The meat pies here are thick domes with rounded, crimped edges and come in a variety of flavors from chicken to beef to vegetable and fruit-filled.

1246 M-28
Munising, MI 49862

5. Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs

1635 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

Marquette mainstay Jean Kay’s makes Cornish pasties using a family recipe. Each pocket is bulging with flank steak and rutabaga and round with a twist in the front. The restaurant also makes sandwiches, salads, and wraps.

1635 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

6. Lawry’s Pasty Shop

2381 US-41, Ishpeming, MI 49849

Founded in Ishpeming more than 70 years ago, this venerable pasty stop also has an outpost in Marquette. Half moon-shaped pasties here come in two sizes — large and small — filled with veggies and beef. Fans also swear by the cudighi sandwiches.

2381 US-41
Ishpeming, MI 49849

7. Toni's Country Kitchen

79 3rd St, Laurium, MI 49913

Jutting off towards Copper Harbor in the town of Laurium, Toni’s bakes Cornish pasties stuffed with meat and sliced potatoes. The restaurant also offers cinnamon bread, breakfast plates, soups, sandwiches, and other baked goods.

79 3rd St
Laurium, MI 49913

8. Joe’s Pasty Shop

116 W Aurora St, Ironwood, MI 49938

Edging up against the Wisconsin border in Ironwood, this U.P. pasty shop serves a variety of pasties from traditional Cornish (steak, potatoes, rutabagas, and onions) to Finnish-style pasties with carrots.

116 W Aurora St
Ironwood, MI 49938

9. The Pasty Oven

7279 US-2, Quinnesec, MI 49876

Quinnesec staple The Pasty Oven delivers large pasties with the traditional twisted “handle” crust closure along one side of the pie. The restaurant bakes a broad selection of pasties including pepperoni pizza, chicken and cheese, and breakfast pockets with a choice of ham or sausage.

7279 US-2
Quinnesec, MI 49876

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