I am happy to report that Pasties Plus at 1405 West Hwy 2. Grand Rapids, MN is alive and well. When we passed by in the winter, they seemed to be closed and shuttered, but they were alive and well. Their hours are a bit limited - Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 6:00 except Saturday when they close at 5:00. Their pasties are generally sold half-baked, but if you are lucky and have 20 minutes, they will pop one in the oven for you. Sometimes they are available hot, but I've never had such luck. There is even a table in the shop, beside a wall full of colorful old aprons, although it's not a cafe.
My favorite pasty is, hands down, the traditional Finnish variant, with rutabaga "lanttu" added to the beef, onion, carrot and potato mixture. Judging from the orders, many people like the German pasty which has bratwurs, sauerkraut and potato. Not sure about the "breakfast pasty" which has egg, sausage, cheese and onion, but it might work. Ruth's pastry is light and flaky and her half-baked pasties reheat very well. They aren't like the "pirakka" of Finland - but they are quite tasty. Many people like them with ketchup - I like mine with heavy sour cream...
1405 NW 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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