While much of the Lower Peninsula is pretty much Coney Country, once you cross over the Mackinac Bridge, you’re taken to Pasty Paradise. The pasty (pronounced PASS-TEE), that savory meat pocket pie, is rooted in the UP’s history in mining. When miners went off to work, they brought with them these hearty handhelds as a means of having something filling to eat, without having to leave the mine. In fact, when they were ready to munch, they placed the pasty on a shovel and held it over a candle to heat it right up. Talk about innovation. The methods of preparing these portable meals varies, with some using carrots, while others go for the sweeter rutabaga. No matter your preference, we’ve identified some shops with the best pasties in Michigan that will have your mouth watering.

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Ready to grab a pasty or a tray-full, yet? Tell us where have you found the best pasties in Michigan? Please let us know in the comment section.

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