When you think of a pasty, the pasty from Lawry’s Pasty Shop is exactly what comes to mind. According to their website, “after 70-plus years, we have it down.” Yes, by golly, they’ve done it. Lawry’s has been in business since 1946 out of Ishpeming, a small town along US-41, only a few minutes west of Marquette. Of course, if you’re in Marquette, they also have a newer location just west of downtown.
However, if you want the true Lawry’s experience, you have to go to the original source. That’s where the smell of pasty seeps through the walls, floor, air… everything. The shop is still around because these pasties are good. More often than not, customers will be there, ordering or scarfing pasties.
These pasties get everything just about right and that’s because they’ve used experience to their advantage. The crust may not have a true handle, but the crisp, the flake, the golden color… it’s there. If you’re eating the crust by itself, it could probably use another touch of salt, but I’m not complaining.
Lawry’s passed the ratio test, there’s no question about it. The meat was plentiful on every bite with the perfect amount of potatoes and onions. However, it didn’t get a perfect score. I think a few more pieces of rutabaga and a touch of pepper would add a little pizzazz to the insides. It tasted like a great pasty, but the even flavor throughout maybe needed a bite to kick your taste buds when consuming 17 ounces of it.
Yes, 17 ounces. They have three options for the beef pasty: 17 ounces, 12 ounces and mini pasties. If you’re not really hungry, I’d probably go for the 12 ouncer and I’m not sure when to consume mini pasties. Maybe as a snacker, lying around the house? Their only other flavor is Garden Medley, which has broccoli, carrots and cheese in a vegetable crust. I assume they make sure to note that on the site because the regular crust uses lard.
If you like pasties and haven’t been to Lawry’s, they need to be on your list. Maybe they didn’t get a perfect score from me just yet, but they’re close.
Taste: 4.5 (out of 5)
Crust: 4.5 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 4 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 2 (out of 2)
Total Pasty Rating: 18 (of 20 points)
Reviewed Fall 2019