Despite being connected to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, there aren’t a ton of pasty shops in Wisconsin. That’s why Sheboygan Pasty Company caught my eye when they started getting the word out about their pasties in 2021.
Found in Sheboygan near the coast of Lake Michigan, it’s roughly a two-hour drive from the Michigan border, at least from Menominee, the southern tip of the U.P. If you’re coming from the south, it’s about an hour drive from Milwaukee.
It’s located inside Ranieri’s Four of a Kind Bar & Grill. So, if you’re having a brew or two and want some grub, there are fresh pasties waiting for you. It’s surprisingly something I haven’t seen much of in Michigan, but given the recent pandemic, it’s a wonder if combining two things like a bar and local delicacy will become more popular.
Sheboygan Pasty Co. is purely an Upper Peninsula shop. They sell Sayklly’s sweets, Trenary Toast and jams from The Keweenaw Kitchen. This is such a Yooper place that there are even pictures of the U.P. on their website. But this isn’t them trying to be cool. The owners’ grandparents grew up in the U.P. and that’s where the idea of this shop came from.
While I enjoyed a Traditional pasty for this review, they have other options including a Pasty of the Month (I also got a Cuban) and a mostly full selection of gluten-free pasties.
I haven’t had a ton of pasties in Wisconsin, but these are probably my favorite in the state (at time of review). Based off pictures on the website, I think they used 2021 to hone their pasty-making craft because from what I could tell, my pasty looked more like a pasty than the ones on the site. It had a solid crimp and an overall solid crisp. Of note, the gluten-free crust actually tasted better because I think they used more butter to make it. While the regular crust was good, it didn’t have as much flavor as the gluten free.
Upon the first bite or two, it was evident this was a true U.P. pasty. You could tell the owners of this shop had been to the U.P. and knew what they wanted their pasty to taste like. I enjoyed it, even more than a few options in the U.P. My potatoes were kind of undercooked and there were a lot of carrots, but I can give them a pass.
This pasty didn’t blow me away, but getting something like this in Sheboygan was a pleasant surprise. Given the lack of gluten-free options everywhere, I’ll probably be back in my travels (for The Pasty Gal).
Taste: 4 (out of 5)
Crust: 3.5 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 3.5 (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 Winter 2022)