To be honest, this place could outright suck but we would still love it because it really makes the effort to be a Cajun/Creole place, and this far North of New Orleans you just take what you can get. Thankfully, it doesn’t suck. Get your gumbo, your jambalaya, your etouffee, your muffalettas, your po' boys, your crawfish boil (when in season), your fried gator bites, your boudin balls, your fried frog legs, your red beans and rice with Andouille sausage -- all with the occasional Yooper flair, like the Cajun Cudighi flatbread "Yankee-style po' boy" and plenty of Michigan and Abita beer, the Budweiser of the Bayou. And Hurricanes. Lots of Hurricanes.
The pasty shops sprout up immediately upon crossing over the Mackinaw Bridge into St. Ignace, but it's worth holding out a few miles West down US Rt. 2 until you get to Lehto's. Baked fresh daily since 1942, Lehto's has perfected the art of pasty-making and is widely considered one of the best in the state -- on both sides of the bridge. The crust is never dry, the seasoning never too much or too little. If Goldilocks stumbled across this place, she'd be muttering "just right" between mouthfuls. Lehto's keeps it simple with its offerings -- you can choose between beef, chicken, or veggie pasties -- but there is perfection in simplicity.