While many agree about the appealing flavor of Michigan’s beloved pasty, there is much debate about the best accompaniment. Last month’s post featured a poll to help settle the ketchup vs. gravy debate. (Purists like me poo-poo the whole argument; we like them plain!)
Gravy carried the day in our poll. Do you concur? We’ll keep the poll open so you can cast your vote. Carrying forward another theme from last month, we again visit a U.P. pasty shop in today’s post.
From Hiawatha to HomeA few weeks ago, I convinced a friend who was escaping for a long weekend in the UP to make a stop in Naubinway. A tiny town along US-2 about 45 minutes from the bridge, Naubinway means only one thing to my family: pasties. Luckily for us, Hiawatha Pasties sells frozen pasties and happily filled a LARGE order for my friend!
My fondness for this little pasty shop began several years ago. Our family of five embarked on a pasty-tasting tour while vacationing in the eastern and central Upper Peninsula. We ate a lot of pasties, sampling our way from St. Ignace to Marquette. Hiawatha Pasties was the clear and unanimous winner. Since then, we stop on every trip to the U.P. and recruit friends to deliver these savory treats as often as possible.
The Perfect Blend
The pasties remain as good as ever. The crust is thin but exceptionally flaky. The blend of beef and pork creates a tasty, moist filling, and the amount of meat is generous: noticeably more than others we’ve tried. Hiawatha makes chicken and vegetarian pasties, which are also very good. However, the classic meat pasty is by far our favorite.
Hiawatha doesn’t have a website or a mail order outlet. They are available for sale at the bakery, at Vallier’s General Store across the street, and at some other grocery stores in the U.P.
Hiawatha Pasties rank highly according to our Key Pasty Indicators (KPIs):
Crust to Filling Ratio = 9. crust is very flavorful and balanced.
Filling Consistency/Flavor = 10. the generous portion of beef-pork blend makes the filling meaty and juicy, but the vegetable flavors come through.
Price Consideration= 10. At $3.50 per pasty, when purchasing a dozen, Hiawatha’s price is exceptional.
Flake-O-Meter = 10. Tthe crust is rich and extremely flaky.
Overall Savory Index= 9. Hiawatha Pasties are excellent.
Hiawatha scores an impressive 9.6 overall score!