San Francisco Street Welcomes New Restaurant

2017 has been good to Cornish Pasty Co. 

So far this year, the eatery has established two new locations, including one in downtown Phoenix and one close to home in Flagstaff on South San Francisco Street.

Having opened just a few weeks ago, the restaurant is the latest addition to the variety of dining options on the Southside offering cuisine from around the world.

Cornish Pasty Co. was founded in 2005 by Dean Thomas, who was raised in Saltash, Cornwall, in England.

Their famous pasties are similar to a pot pie, but no utensils are necessary: you can eat them with your hands.

Culture and history combine with this traditional meal, which was often made by miners’ wives or mothers during the 1800s, when tin mines abounded in the Cornwall area. Pasties were filled with meat and vegetables on one end and a sweet, fruity filling at the other. A thick crimp of dough on one side made it easy to hold and devour. The delicious creation came to the United States when miners began emigrating to America, bringing their family recipes with them.

 

Now, Flagstaff locals and visitors have the chance to try this Cornish speciality for themselves, with more than forty different variations on the lunch and dinner menus.

Some fan favorites include the traditional Oggie, carefully layered with steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga so that you get a bit of each ingredient in every bite. Bangers and Mash is another popular option, stuffed full of pork sausage, red wine gravy, grilled onions and mashed potatoes. For those craving a Southwest kick, the menu boasts a Mexican pasty made of Mexican-spiced steak, hatch chili, egg, potato, and cheddar with a side of sour cream and salsa. Comfort food fans may enjoy the Pilgrim, which is essentially a miniature Thanksgiving dinner in the form of a pasty, complete with roasted turkey or chicken, grilled onions, stuffing sweet potatoes red wine gravy and cranberry sauce.

Vegan and vegetarian options are also available, along with an array of English favorites including chips (better known as French fries here), mashed potatoes, coleslaw, beans and roasted potatoes, along with soups and salads.

Cornish Pasty Co. has been a big hit with diners, expanding from it’s original location in Tempe to seven restaurants across the state. Rather than a franchise, each location is owned by employees.
The Flagstaff restaurant sits in the former space of Mia’s Lounge, an iconic local hangout for residents and students that closed it’s doors last summer after nine years.
Televisions are notably absent in the restaurant, a purposeful decision that allows families, friends, and peers to get to talk face-to-face and enjoy a meal without electronic distractions.
Check out Cornish Pasty Co. for yourself and see what the buzz is about! The restaurant is located at 26 S. San Francisco Street, and is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information on the eatery and the taste of Cornwall it has to offer, please visit the official website here. 

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Rachael Bouley

I am a multimedia journalist and student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. I am originally from Minnesota, and I love learning about my second home, Arizona, and all of it's awesome communities through my contributions to My Local News! In my free time, I love to travel, hike, cook and spend time with my family and friends.

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