I want to get the word out on Miners Pasty Kitchen. The only thing online verifying that MPK is a thing is Google Maps. Otherwise, all of their social media goes to Miners Pasties and Ice Cream. I’m here to help. Miners Pasty Kitchen is where they make the pasties and it’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They send their pasties across the street to Miners Pasties and Ice Cream, which is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re driving through downtown Munising, neither place is hard to miss.
Their options are simple with the main ones being the Yooper and a Vegan one. While some may scoff at a vegan pasty, it’s become somewhat popular in Cornwall, the homeland of pasties. While I didn’t try the vegan, it at least makes them stand out.
Miners’s pasties look different than most I’ve had. It’s the same basic shape of a pasty, but there’s no handle. Instead, they stamp a design of the U.P. on top and the goodness oozes out. However, I think the vegan pasty is different in that aspect because there’s no lard involved. Overall, the crust had a good flavor with a bit of greasiness, albeit minimal crisp. While it looks kind of weird, that didn’t change the taste.
The insides passed the ratio test and had sliced veggies, which has turned into my favorite way to enjoy veggies in pasties over the years. There was also a different kind of spice inside and I couldn’t place it, but it gave a nice kick, something more than just pepper. Without a true handle, I noticed the bottom was a bit doughy because that’s where they enclosed the pasty (sorry, I didn’t take a picture of the bottom).
You can get Miners pasties pretty much any time of the day and while they don’t look like true pasties, they passed the taste test. And according to The Pasty Girl, they “smell like Thanksgiving.”
Taste: 4 (out of 5)
Crust: 4 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 3 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 2 (out of 2)
Total Pasty Rating: 16 (of 20 points)
Reviewed Fall 2019