Pretty Awesome Pasties: Hunt’s Mackinaw Pasty Shop, Mackinaw City

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    Michigan’s delectable pasty is perfect for a winter day – a savory “pot pie without the pot” made up of flaky crust wrapped around beef, potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, and onions.

    After a few months hiatus, we’re back with another installment of Pretty Awesome Pasties.

    This time we travel to Mackinaw City, Michigan – considered the gateway to Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula.

    Mackinaw City is a family-friendly destination of homey restaurants, iconic attractions, a range of lodging choices and of course the much-visited Mackinac Island ferry terminals.

    Photo by Julie Rogier

    In fact, it was on a recent trip to Mackinac Island  (for a wedding!) that we discovered Hunt’s Mackinaw Pasty Shop just off the main drag of the town.

    A half hour or so before the ferry departed was plenty of time to sample Hunt’s wares for this installment of Pretty Awesome Pasties.

    About Hunt’s Mackinaw Pasties Shop

    The Hunt family, Dick, Jean, Donna and Rob, and their dedicated crew, have been making pasties since acquiring th Mackinaw Pastie Shop in 1983.

    Having just celebrated 50 years in business, Mackinaw Pastie Shop was originally founded in 1964 by William E. Heikkila of St. Ignace at the present site, in Mackinaw City. The current owners continue using the original “Youper” recipes, and over the years have added other pasty varieties including the traditional beef, chicken, vegetable, and cheese pasties.

    Rating Michigan’s Pasties: The Key Pasty Indicators

    As a reminder to Awesome Mitten readers, a key feature of these blog posts are reviews of Michigan-made pasties using a proprietary rating system developed just for the Awesome Mitten blog. See past pasty rating posts here.

    The following 5 Key Pasty Indicators (KPIs) are unique standards carefully developed as pasty measurement criteria.  As you recall, we regularly rate pasties made by some of Michigan’s vendors using this KPI system, which goes from 1 to 11 just to keep things interesting.

     Key Pasty Indicators (KPIs)

    • Crust to Filling Ratio – is there a good balance between the outer pastry crust and the savory filling?
    • Filling Consistency/Flavor – is the filling mostly recognizable chunks; also how are the texture, ingredients, spice and overall flavor?
    • Price Consideration
    • Flake-0-Meter – how flaky is the crust?
    • Overall Savory Index
    Hunt's follows the traditional "Yourper" recipe of savory, hand-crafted  pasties.
    Hunt’s follows the traditional “Yourper” recipe of savory, hand-crafted pasties. – Photo by Julie Rogier

    Rating Hunt’s Mackinaw City Pasties

    We sampled the generously sized traditional beef pasty.


    Hunt’s KPIs:

    • Crust to Filling Ratio Score = 8 … Good balance between pastry and filling.
    • Filling Consistency/Flavor Score = 6 … It was not easy to recognize carrots, rutabaga and onions, the filling was an overly smooth beef mixture.
    • Price Consideration Score =Price range: $6 – $10 8 … Hunts charges between $6 and $10 per pasty, a typical price point.
    • Flake-0-Meter Score = 8 … Crust flakiness was adequate.
    • Overall Savory Index = 8 … Overall, they were tasty.


    Overall KPI:

    Illustration by Collin Barlage

    Based on the criteria above, we give Hunts Pasties an overall KPI of 7.6. Congrats, Hunts!

    Stay Tuned

    Our next post will offer up another review and more highlights about pasties.

    In the meantime, please share your ideas for pasty vendors to review, pasty recipes or any Pretty Awesome Pasty-related fact!





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