Nearly three years ago, Cornish Pasty Co. opened its fourth location—its first outside of Arizona—in Las Vegas. The signature item, the pasty (rhymes with “nasty”), is a traditional miner’s lunch in Cornwall, England: an enclosed sandwich similar to a calzone or even a Hot Pocket. The traditional fillings of steak, potato, onions and rutabaga were offered in a version called The Oggie, but that was just one of several dozen more imaginative options. The place was an immediate hit with Downtown denizens and other seekers of creative cuisine, but for one small problem. It’s original location in the East Sahara Commercial Center that also houses The Onyx Theater, multiple gay bars, a handful of sex clubs and the legendary Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam was a bit too sketchy for some of Downtown’s hipsters and tourists who weren’t accustomed to real urban grit.
Open since October, the new location at the very heart of the Arts District is much more palatable to the masses. The place is also considerably larger than the old location, with individual and communal seating, a massive bar, pool tables, an outdoor patio and plenty of additional, unused space that is expected to host live music sometime in the future. Unlike the effusion of brand new construction that is designed to feel converted, this is a true former industrial space. It shows in the true exposed brick, ductwork ceilings and a certain architecture of necessity. The menu offers more than 40 different pasties, with fillings that hail from England, the U.S., India, Italy, Greece, Mexico and other international locales, and includes numerous vegetarian options. This all adds up to one of the most exciting new restaurants to open Downtown in 2016.
NAME: Cornish Pasty Co.
SERVING: English pasties, salads, soups and a selection of draft beers.
OPENED: October 2016
WHO’S BEHIND IT: Dean Thomas
DID YOU KNOW: Traditionally, the ends of a “pasty” were considered tainted by the arsenic on the hands of the Cornish tin miners who enjoyed them for lunch.
LOCATION: 10 E. Charleston Blvd.
HOURS OF OPERATION: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily (kitchen closes at midnight)
DINNER FOR TWO: $25 – $50