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Taste of the Upper Peninsula

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W236 US Highway 2 W, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-9820
+1 906-643-9734
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09:00 - 22:00
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My hubby insisted we try pasties and we stumbled upon this place. Very friendly staff, has a little bit of a truck stop feel to it but it was reasonable and good. The pasties didn't 'rock my world' but they are good. I liked the apple dessert one best ;) They say you can't go all the way to the... More 

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Thank phl2azo
Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you! Hope you stop again on your next trip to the U.P.! More 

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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We got a couple pasties to go before we headed home. We'd never had one before. Very good and very filling. If you're a meat and potatoes kind of person then these are for you. Very friendly and helpful staff!

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Thank danielmudge81
Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We look forward to you stopping again! More 

Round Rock, TX
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169 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I've read about pasties for years in the Cat Who ... book by Lillian Jackson Braun and had to try one. These little gems are actually quite large and very filling. They are handmade throughout the day so always fresh and quite hot. This is mostly a takeout place but there are a few tables so we ate in. I... More 

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping and for your review! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Sterling Heights, Michigan
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Pasties are okay. Nothing spectacular, but decent. I read that you can't visit the UP without trying one, so we did. My husband enjoyed his more than I enjoyed mine. But, he had beef. I had chicken. One cool thing to note -- they make their own homemade gravy here. That was a plus. Better than using ketchup, I'd think.... More 

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping and for your review! More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

If you've never had a pasty be sure to get one while ur in Northern Michigan, it's just what u do so, we tried a couple pasty places! They are a lot like "Hot Pockets" but bigger, better & heartier. The first place we tried was voted #1 by most ppl on here; "Travel Advisor" called "Famous Lehto's Pasties", we... More 

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed!! More 

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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This is a hardy meal. Though the pasties look small they pack a lot of good quality meat and vegetables or vegetarian inside. Chicken, Beef, Vegetarian like a pot pie but only way better without all the sodium of the gravy in a pot pie! That is the best part it's not liquid gravy spilling all over. Easy to hold... More 

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It sounds like you really enjoyed your experience of our pasties! More 

Chillicothe, Ohio
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We heard about them, we had to try them. PASTIES! Hubby had the beef. Wifey had the chicken. Similar to a pot pie they were filled with lots of meat and vegies. Delicious! Don't forget the gravy! Staff was very friendly.

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Saranac, Michigan
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped here to get my husband a pastie.. he had never had one before, and he thought it was excellent. While there grabbed some different flavors of fudge. Must say, the chocolate peanut butter swirl fudge is so good I have to go get more to take home, best I've tasted up here so far!

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Thank Laurie R
Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed! The chocolate peanut butter is my favorite!! More 

Grayling, Michigan
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218 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here for years these things are the best in the whole UP they do a fantastic job here they're really good stop in and have one. Or two

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adams, NE
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I ate here after a day trip to mackinack island. It had been cold, so it was nice to have some warm food! We tried pasties for the first time and they were delicious! Only a few tables, but that was not a problem when we were there. There was a constant stream of customers but they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$6
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 22:00
Thursday
09:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: W236 US Highway 2 W, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-9820
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Saint Ignace
  • Phone Number: +1 906-643-9734
Description
The History Of A Pasty-

Those responsible for bringing the pasty (sometimes called Cousin Jack) into the Lake Superior region during the middle 1800's were the Cornish miners or otherwise known as "Cousin Jack". Because of their English origin they were called "Cousins" and "Union Jacks," but the term soon became "Cousin Jacks." Their wives were known as "Cousin Jennies."
Back in Cornwall the wives baked the pasties in the morning, rolled them in their aprons and hurried down to the mine shafts. Their husbands and sons, grouped under the trees at the noon hour, received a sizzling meal in the only possible manner it could be supplied.
When theses sturdy miners came to Michigan, the pasty came, too, not only for the Cornish-men,but for the Scandinavians, Italians, Finns, and other nationalities that followed this hardy breed of pioneers down the mine shafts. It didn't take long for others to realize that cold sandwiches did not compare with the steaming, succulent contents of the "Cousin Jack mouth organ."
The pasty consists of tasty, economical meal of roast beef, potatoes, onions, rutabaga, and carrots, seasoned and nicely wrapped in a delicious crust and baked.

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