The most-unfortunate thing about The Pasty Corner may be that it’s too far west on US-2 that I don’t pass it en route to The Pasty Grandma’s house. Otherwise, it probably would’ve been one of the first shops I reviewed and I would visit it more often.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s an inconvenient location for everyone else. It’s on US-2 in downtown Iron River and has a big sign so you can’t miss it. I’m not sure if they change their quote every day, but on my visit, the sign read: “The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.”
Well, The Pasty Corner. I agree.
This isn’t your classic Upper Peninsula pasty shop. The Pasty Corner is a well-run operation that seemingly bakes pasties at all hours of the day. It’s clean, has a pop machine and posts positive messages for everyone on US-2 to see.
While they have specialty pasties, I went with the usual, a regular with rutabaga. My friends also got some pasty nuggets, though I’m not sure I’d put them in the pasty category.
The pasty was large and it looked awesome (because I was starving). I ate it on a windy beach and it didn’t fall apart. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a ton of flavor in the top-handle crust and it didn’t stand out by itself.
The insides had the classic U.P. pasty taste, but similar to the crust, they needed something more (maybe a touch of pepper?). The ratio was good even if some of my pictures look heavy on potatoes. Despite that lack of taste, I still appreciated the overall flavor of the pasty, as it filled me up and eased my pasty urge.
I’d stop at The Pasty Corner again, possibly to get a breakfast pasty on Tuesdays. It wasn’t the best pasty I’ve had, but it fulfilled my appetite and had enough of the classic flavors to scarf down in one sitting, or in my case, one standing on the beach.
Taste: 3 (out of 5)
Crust: 3 (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: 15 (of 20 points)
Reviewed Summer 2020