You go to Kansas City for barbecue. Not pasties. However, a quick search led me to Clock Tower Bakery, a short hike from downtown, in Overland Park.
Clock Tower is local, but it’s also a lot nicer than most bakeries. They have an Afternoon Tea service, which costs $21.95 per person. That service may be the only reason they serve pasties because I’m not sure anyone involved with the shop is from England, though I could be wrong. The site doesn’t explain why they have “British Favorites” on the menu, while spelling pasty incorrectly, but I’ll let it slide. This is Kansas City where most residents have no idea what a pasty is.
Surprisingly, Clock Tower has three different varieties (Cornish, Cheese & Potato, Vegetable), which they have to heat in a microwave if you want them hot. They are likely made in the morning and thrown into the case with everything else. Unfortunately, they aren’t true pasties in terms of size. They are more of a snack and I was still hungry after consuming mine, which was no bigger than my hand.
That being the case, there was too much crust because the inside was so small. The crust was good and had a nice flake, but that’s the norm for most bakeries. At the least, the pasty still had a good flavor. They clearly use an English recipe that incorporates the typical casseroling of the ingredients. While it tasted good, it was small and wasn’t mixed well. I had bites that were either all onion or all beef.
If for some reason you’re looking for pasties in Kansas City, there is a place. If they doubled their recipe, it’d make a little more sense to visit for a pasty, and I’d probably add a point or two to the ranking. This snack version tasted like a pasty, but it was too small. If you aren’t full after eating a pasty, something is wrong.
Taste: 3.5 (out of 5)
Crust: 3.5 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 2 (out of 5) Too small
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 1 (out of 2) Only place in KC to my knowledge
Total Pasty Ranking: 13 (of 20 points)
Reviewed Spring 2019