There is this little spot on Chorro St. in San Luis Obispo that brings a wee bit o’ the Emerald Isle and England to the Central Coast. Slo Pasty Co. serves up little meat pies of goodness. Pasties are a pastry filled with meats and vegetables (almost like a stew with less liquid) that became popular in the 1700s and again with the tin Miners of the 19th century, because they were nutritious, portable and most importantly- filling. Nowadays, they are filled with all kinds of things from meat and fish, to vegetarian and dessert Pasties. They are folded over their contents and look almost like a small calzone.
My favorite pasty is the traditional Cornish pasty known at Slo Pasty Co, as the Oggy. The crust is flaky and delicious filled with steak, red potatoes, onions and rutabaga served, with red wine gravy or ketchup. I like the red wine gravy and always ask for extra for dipping, it’s a really tasty addition. I have thought on several occasions that I should try a different one but this one happens to be filled with everything, I like so I haven’t been able to tear myself away from it. For lunch they serve a smaller portion but add a side salad for about $7 and change.
On Mondays all their pints are $4 so I paired my pasty with a creamy Boddingtons ale. Known as “The Cream of Manchester”, it’s considered a bitter ale. Upon pouring, it is honey colored but gets to a more golden color once it starts to settle in the glass, and has a thick, rich, head; it is smooth and creamy with teeny tiny bubbles. It has a yeasty, caramel aroma and tastes hoppy and slightly bready with a bit of a floral note. I love cream ales and Boddingtons happens to be sold on tap at Slo Pasty. The bartender / server gave it the Guinness pour which is where the beer is poured 3/4 full, allowed to rest approximately 90 seconds and then topped off. They also serve a small selection of wines, but for me a pasty calls for a brewski! For a quick, filling lunch or brew and dinner this is a pretty good place to pick up a tasty Pasty…but remember it’s a Pass-Tee not a Paste-y.
“An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.” -Unknown-
I’d like to thank http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/655/1798 for helping me round out the description for my Boddington, usually beer is not my first drink of choice, so I’m still kind of new to describing the aromas and tastes.