Beef, Chicken & Veggie: Pasties of Metro D

By: Amber Ogden | October 1, 2015
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If you’ve ever visited the Upper Peninsula, you’re surely familiar with pasties. You can’t so much as cross the Mackinac Bridge without seeing a plethora of signs for pasty shops (as well as fudge and smoked fish).

While there’s nothing quite like a U.P. pasty, you can find the meat-filled, flaky pastry right here in Metro Detroit. Here are a few of the best:

U.P. Pasties of Plymouth uses an old family recipe straight from St. Ignace. Prepared and baked daily, pasties are made with hand chopped veggies (including potato, carrot and rutabaga) and your choice of sirloin or chicken breast. Veggie pasties are also available.

Try the pasty mini bites (6 for $5), and don’t forget that pasty day is every Thursday, when you receive $1 off.


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Barb’s Pasties and Pizza, located in Clawson, makes her famous one-pound U.P. pasties fresh daily, using an 80 year old Copper Country family recipe. Choose from beef, chicken or veggie pasties.

Pasties can be prepared vegan upon request, and served with a side of gravy, if you are not a traditionalist who would ruin a perfectly good pasty with such a thing. Ketchup is the only way, folks.

Superior Pasties of Livonia has been serving up pasties for nearly 25 years. On the menu, you’ll find the Superior Special (sirloin or chicken with potatoes and onions), a traditional pasty, Polish pasty (with Kielbasa), shepherd’s pie pasty and more.

There’s even a pasty of the month! Throughout September, customers enjoyed a special chicken fajita pasty.

M-Brew in Ferndale offers many authentic Michigan flavors on its menu, including the traditional Bruce Crossing pasty. For those more adventurous (and less committed to tradition), try the Mac and Cheese Pulled Pork Picnic Pasty. It speaks for itself.

Grand Traverse Pie Company, with several Metro Detroit locations, is the latest to get on the pasty kick. The traditional beef pasty, filled with ground beef, potatoes, rutabaga, carrots and onion, is served with a side of gravy. Ketchup or sour cream is available upon request.

No matter where you choose to get your pasty from, enjoy a taste of Northern Michigan right here in Metro Detroit!