A pasty embraces everything we love about sandwiches: a meal in portable form. Although you could argue it's not technically a sandwich, it's got meat (or veggies) surrounded by pie crust (bread-like, right?), and that's good enough for us! In fact, it was named by Zagat as the state sandwich of Michigan. With historical ties to English miners who immigrated to Michigan in the 1800s, many ethnic groups in Michigan adopted the pasty as a quick meal in the Copper County copper mines. Michigan has so embraced the pasty that there is an Annual Pasty Fest in Calumet every June.
So who makes the best pasty? For the past four weeks 10Best and Sandwich America readers have been voting for their favorites from a pool of 20 nominees, and the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Pasty in Michigan are as follows:
- Pasty Central - Kearsarge
- Muldoon's Pasties & Gifts - Munising
- Joe's Pasty Shop - Ironwood
- Lehto's Pasties - St. Ignace
- Lawry's Pasty Shop - Ishpeming and Marquette
- Toni’s Country Kitchen - Laurium
- Jean Kay's Pasties & Subs - Marquette
- Superior Pasties - Livonia
- Connie's Kitchen - Calumet
- Amy J’s Pasty - Hancock
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Michael Eckert (editor of The Times Herald) and Kathleen Lavey (writer for Lansing State Journal) were chosen based on their knowledge of the Michigan pasty landscape.
Other nominees for Best Pasty in Michigan included Darrow’s Family Restaurant in Mackinaw City, Dobber's Pasties in Escanaba, Gram's Pasties in Escanaba, Hiawatha Pasties in Naubinway, Hunt's Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Company in Mackinaw City, Irontown Pasties in Negaunee, The Pasty Oven in Quinnesec, The Pasty Shop in Southgate, Roy's Pasties & Bakery in Houghton and Wildwood Pasties in Moran.
Congratulations to all our winning pasties!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo