Royal Farms

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There are a lot of random places in the Upper Peninsula that advertise pasties and don’t have any social media footprint. Every review I had done in the Lower Peninsula was after some research and making an effort to visit. That wasn’t the case for Royal Farms, located on M-31 just south of Charlevoix in a town called Ellsworth.

On my way home from a mostly unsuccessful pasty weekend, I drove past a welcome advertisement for “meat pasties.” I never heard of Royal Farms and even after learning about the place, I still couldn’t find them online when searching for pasties. And so, this may be the first online pasty review for Royal Farms.

Of course, I had zero expectations for this pasty because I had zero preparation for it. Royal Farms has a ton of things (including wine) and it took me a few minutes to find the pasties in their shop. I almost had to ask before finding them in a freezer. From what I could see, they never have fresh pasties. They’re made elsewhere and frozen for the customer. Fortunately, if you want them to go, they’ll heat them up in a few minutes and you’ll be set.

The downside is that this may be the worst way to eat these pasties. From frozen to piping hot in five minutes sounds great, but it ruins a few things. It makes the crust mushy and heating something so quick doesn’t allow for the insides to meld together.

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No matter, the pasty was enjoyable. Despite the crust being thin and mushy, it had a pretty good taste. It seemed to be made with butter instead of shortening, but that’s only a guess. The pasty was a foldover and didn’t have a handle. From the picture, you can see it kind of looks like a Hot Pocket. They put all the ingredients together on top of the crust, fold it over and call it day. 

The insides had sparse rutabaga and carrots with shredded potatoes and a decent amount of meat. They used a spice I couldn’t specify and I think that added another level rather than a simple, plain pasty.pasty, pasty review, pasties, pasty guy, lower peninsula, charlevoix, royal farms, ellsworth

While the crust was lacking, I think there’s enough flavor in these to check out again. I don’t know when I’ll be driving on M-31 south of Charlevoix, but when I do, I’ll stop to grab a frozen pasty or two. I liked the flavor and think heating them up in the oven could give them another boost.

If you want their pasties in the winter, you can call and pick them up even though the store is closed for the season.

Taste: 4 (out of 5)
Crust: 3 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 2.5 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 2 (out of 2)

Total Pasty Rating: 14.5 (of 20 points)

(Reviewed Fall 2022)

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