Cornish Pasty Co.
1941 W. Guadalupe Rd #101
Mesa, AZ 85202
Legend has it Cornish miners carried pasty’s (pronounced pahs tee) for lunch. Some claim the recipes date from the 12th century which is possible, but the earliest recorded recipe is from the mid 18th century. Miner’s wives would bake meat and vegetables into pastry dough. The food would stay hot and fresh contained in the dough until lunch time. Supposedly they could stay hot for eight hours if properly wrapped.
I can honestly say I’ve never worked a tin mine, I am however glad that others did, as we are the beneficiaries of their culinary heritage. The Cornish pasty Co. is a nice restaurant on the south east corner of the intersection. As you walk up you’ll see a brick storefront with an outdoor patio in front. Upon entering you are greeted with three long tables, a bar and a few small tables for two. It’s an unusual arrangement but seems to work. The juke box in the back plays a variety of songs all of them contemporary American.
The bar overlooks the kitchen where the pasty’s are prepared. You can see the cooks working with good basic ingredients to prepare the meals. You won’t actually see them prepare your meal as they take 45 minutes just to cook. The pasty’s are prepared ahead of time and finished for you when you order. The good news is that you can get a variety of delicious pastys in a reasonable amount of time. The disadvantage to this is that the pastys cannot be changed or customized. If you want an ingredient removed, it’s not possible.
The menu covers pasty from the more traditional dishes such as beef, shepherd’s pie and pork to the more modern such as Chicken Alfredo. The pasty’s are served hot and fresh. They are properly seasoned, not too spicy and very flavorful. The crust alone deserves a trip to check it out. The crusts are all homemade, delicious and flaky.
I had the pork pasty with the red wine sauce. The pasty and the source were both excellent. The roasted potatoes were delicious, though swimming in butter. You should be aware the pastys are made with a substantial amount of butter and all of the dishes are fairly high in fat. Delicious for me, problematic if you can’t eat fat.
The only negative is that the service is somewhat indifferent. I would rate them as 4 stars and I would go back.