I am pleased to report that the Roadfood.com review of Cousin Jenny's is as accurate as ever. Jerilyn took the time to explain to us the history of the pasty and the breakfast bobbies. While we were disappointed on our way in to town to find that all the bobbies had sold out for breakfast, Jerilyn arranged a large take out order for me to pick up on the way home, including several different pasties and bobbies. She had them all specially packed for travel. Can't beat service like that.
We ordered and tried a large variety of pasties for brunch, including the chicken and the beef. Homemade chocolate chip scones were superb, although I was not as thrilled with the raisin scones on the way out.
The outdoor dining was delightful as Jerilyn brought everything out to us at the table and made sure that we did not want for anything. She brought the pasty sauce, the gravy and the sour cream, explaining which topping was suggested for which pasty (do not overload the chicken pasty with gravy as it will mask the flavor). I thought the Italian pasty was superb, with good spice to the meat but not overpowering or overly salty.
Still well worth going to on your way in and out of Traverse City.
"A breakfast Bobby, filled with sausage, eggs, hash browns, and cheese. That's sour cream on the left."
"The order counter at Cousin Jenny's. Browse what's available at the near end, then pay in back."
"To those of us not from the northland, the pasty is a fairly exotic regional specialty. To locals, it is part of everyday life; and Cousin Jenny's is a comfortable town cafe. By the way, pasty is pronounced PASS-tee."
"Welcome to the best pasties in Michigan!"
"A Bobby is a self-contained breakfast about half the size of a regulation pasty."