The Best Cornish Meat Pasty in Arizona

This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of eating a hunk of Great Britain in the southwestern U.S. at the Cornish Pasty Co in Tempe, AZ. The meat pasty, in case you didn’t know, involves the filling of a pastry shell with meat, vegetables, cheese and other deliciousness. It supposedly originated in the Cornish tin mines, where the miners kept the warm pastries close to their chest to help them keep warm until lunch time. Frankly, I prefer being served by a kind British pasty wench, and strangely we had an authentic one waiting on us in Tempe.

I sampled both the Shepherd’s Pie and the Bangers & Mash. The pasty itself does not disappoint, not because it contains any unusual flavors, but because all the ingredients taste abundantly fresh. It might look small at first, but it’s heavy – you could sink a toy boat with one of these. The texture is not too unusual -Think of it as a calzone with fluffier bread and a flakier crust. It goes great with the beers on tap. Try a Boddington’s Pub Ale for that authentic pub experience. With plenty of pictures of Cornish coal miners on the walls, you won’t forget the heritage of the hearty pie you’re devouring.

5 Responses to “The Best Cornish Meat Pasty in Arizona”

  1. You were right. I didn’t heed your advice and read this while I happen to be ridiculously hungry. Now I am tempted to go foraging for food someplace….

  2. The REAL Cornish Pasty Co Says:

    This is not a real pasty, not in the Cornish sense. A genuine Cornish Pasty, should have meat, minced or chunks, slices of turnip and potato, and a light pepper seasoning, then be folded first in half, then knurled at the edge. Cornish miners used to use this knurling as a throw-away ‘handle’ as the mines they ate these in tended towards high arsenic content.

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  4. Says:

    not a true pasty! english people reading this will be laughing out loud. its a bit like the crappy curry the english made after coming back from ruling india- ie bland bastardized versions

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