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Cornish Pasty Co. (Back Bay, Boston MA)

BostonBestEats | Nov 20, 201708:14 AM

I was excited to try Cornish Pasty Co., given all its great reviews. But, to be honest, I was a little disappointed.

I grew up in Michigan, so I'm very familiar the pasty, and how to pronounce it ("Pass-tee"), and loved eating them as a kid. The copper mines of Michigan's upper peninsula drew many miners from Cornwell, and along with them their wive's idea of a hearty lunch down in the mine.

At CPC, one pasty per person is a decent amount of food (and you might even take half home). We tried two:

THE OGGIE (as in "Oggy Oggy Oggy! Oi Oi Oi!")
~The traditional pasty of steak, potato, onion, swede, with red wine gravy

SPICY ASIAGO CHICKEN
~Spicy chicken, roasted corn, black beans, Asiago cheese, Poblano chili, pico de gallo, with sour cream and salsa

The crusts were flaky and well made. However, the Oggie was noticeably too salty, where as the Chicken was over-powered by the Asiago cheese flavor. Otherwise I thought the stuffings were fine. Each was served freshly baked and cut in half, and I recommend letting them sit for a few minutes to cool before eating with your hands. The flaky crust isn't really amenable to eating with a knife and fork.

We also had some Oven Chips with added jalapeños, which were more healthy than the typical fries, but a bit too chewy from baking.

The beer list is short but fairly good, some on tap and some by the bottle. We enjoyed a cider on tap from Artifact Cider Project (always a fav) and an Orkney Skull Splitter Scottish ale.

All-in-all, CPC didn't really live up to my expectations, but I might still come back again if I was in the area and looking for a casual meal and a good beer. Service was friendly and reasonably quick. They do have quite a few vegetarian/vegan options. It's a small restaurant, maybe 25 seats (the booths seem to be old pub or church pews which were NOT comfortable), wood paneled and rather dark (so hard to read the menu), with a classic rock play list.

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