Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Shoulder Clod Kind of Town

Ah, Flint. Good to know that — despite all the changes — it's still a place where Ruebens, shoulder clod, and brisket are considered light luncheon fare.

Roberto Acosta at MLive reports on the ownership change and menu updates at Blackstone's on Saginaw Street in downtown.

The restaurant will soon feature two menus -- daytime and nighttime -- each offering different items such as a classic Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in 170 seconds on a wood-fired oven. 
"It's light. It's not the heavier variety like some of the other places," said Hester. "It's something that you can come down at lunch and you're not going to overeat." 
The daytime menu will include sandwiches including the Big Sicilian from the Starlite menu, Reubens, hamburgers with a combination of shoulder clod and brisket meats ground in-house, and salads.


  1. Smurƒß InÇØrporÅtedDecember 13, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Sad to say, the reuben pastie at King Arthur's has been discontinued. Same with veggie and the legendary pizza pastie.

    Rumor has it that there was a third-shift experimental pastie program back in the early 90s- coney pasties, codfish pasties, hamburg pasties- for real.

    Dig it.

  2. King Arthur used to live next door to me in Flint. His daughter lives fairly close to me now. Should I try to confirm the rumor? I'd kill for a Reuben right about now.

  3. You can ask, but OG Arthur was out of the picture by the mid-80s, around the time Third Ave closed. Current owner is old school too- 30 plus year KA worker. Try to get those recipes though. San Fran might go gaga for pasties if you just hold the lard. A Bao Pastie would rule.


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