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“Good place for one-stop shopping”

Taste of the Upper Peninsula
Ranked #16 of 43 Restaurants in Saint Ignace
Price range: USD 5 - USD 6
Cuisines: American, Fast food
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Good for: Local cuisine
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.
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We rented a house on Bevort Lake and needed dinner and some groceries, and "refreshments". Perfect one-stop shopping. In house made fudge, pasties, apple turnovers, nice "spirits" selection at state minimum prices.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

On this stop I had a fresh, hot, Beef pastie that was excellent, It has chunks of beef, not ground beef, and the garden-grown ingredients were diced to nice sizes and not mushy. Also, some pasties leave a mild heartburn as an aftereffect, but not these. I also purchased a bag of frozen beef pasties to take home. They reheated very well, though of course the veggies would be a little mushier than the fresh, hot ones were, but not much when heated in a conventional oven. I also tried one of their dessert pasties - and I highly recommend them.

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for stopping! Come back and see us when your supply runs out!

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I love good Pasties, but the ones here were a big disappointment. We ordered one chicken and one vegetable so we could try both types. Both were primarily potato and basically tasteless. In fact, I could not tell one from the other. There was so little chicken, I could not find it or taste it. Save your money and skip this place.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This was our first exposure to a pastie, pronounced pass-tee. Its like a pot pie with either chicken or beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and I belive they said rutabaga. Its about the size of two hands clasped and enclosed in pot pie type crust ball. Not bad but bland. I don't know how their version compares to the several other places in town serving this local favorite. Not a bad experience for $6 once in a life-time experiment.

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for giving us a try!

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

First time having pasties. Like a beef stew in a thin pastry crust. Delicious and filling!
Sort of like an empanada.

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Jean M, Owner at Taste of the Upper Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017
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Glad you enjoyed!!

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