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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