Last stop on the April 2012 home stretch of the drive up from LA: San Luis Obispo to check out SloCo Pasty Company.
A few months before, I’d fallen hard for Tempe’s Cornish Pasty Co in Arizona and was on the look-out for something closer to home. Google pointed me here, and a check of the online menu looked very similar to the specialties in Tempe with similar additions of local flavors. Onsite, I asked where the owners acquired their love for these Cornish handpies and learned they’d met at ASU in Tempe. Bingo!
I ordered The Oggy, served with a side of red wine gravy, just like in Tempe. One subtle difference is that the gravy has more red wine fruit expression here and the herbal tones are less dominant. The beef, rutabaga, onion, potato, and rosemary filling tasted much the same. The pastry was a bit firmer and more buttery tasting here.
This cross-section view shows the cubes of steak in the filling more clearly. Delicious through and through.
The broccoli slaw added a lighter balance to my dinner. A little sesame nuttiness and a touch sweet from dried cranberries, this was welcome at the end of a meat-laden day.
With daily beer specials, I was sorry that I had to get back on the road and couldn’t kick back. I inquired about taking home a pasty filled with Santa Maria style tri tip, but they were sold out. Just means I need to return sooner rather than later.
SloCo Pasty Company
1032 Chorro St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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