Friday, January 10, 2014

Lehto's Pasties - St. Ignace

Pasties are one of Michigan's favorite foods.  It is pronounced PAST-ie, not PASTE-ie.  The latter is something else.  It is especially well known in the Upper Peninsula (or U.P.).  Pasties were brought here from Great Britain by Cornish mine workers.  Pasties were a filling meal that could be taken down into the mines in your pocket.  Everyone makes their pasties a little different, but the basic idea is beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga in a pie crust.  

There are lots of great Pastie shops Up North, but my family's favorite is Lehto's in St. Ignace.  When I was 2 years old, my family lived in Duluth Minnesota.  We always made it a point to stop at Lehto's when we came back down to Michigan.  They even sold their recipe in the 80s, which my family bought and still has today!  Lehto's opens in the morning and then closes after they sell all of their pasties, so it is best to call if you are planning on going there in the evening.
Lehto's Pasties in St Ignace Michigan

There's no place to eat inside, you just grab your pasties and go!  I wish they had more Pastie shops in the lower Peninsula.  I'd much rather eat at a place like this instead of fast food.

Interior of Lehto's Pasties
My favorite - Lehto's Pasties

Lehto's has a website which said they have been family owned and operated since 1947.  They even ship their pasties.

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