Thanksgiving may be over, but for you die-hard turkey fans there’s still plenty of the bird left to be found – and devoured – at area restaurants.
If it’s straight-up comfort food you seek, a handful of local eateries feature open-faced turkey sandwiches on their menus, complete with traditional trimmings. And what’s more, all of these dishes can be had for less than $14.
Chester’s Kitchen & Bar, 111 S Broadway #108, Rochester,has a turkey-laden sandwich on its lunch menu year round. It comes with mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, gravy (which they call ‘good juice’ for a reason), on white bread. “It’s amazing,” says front of house manager James Zelton. “It’s a very popular item for us.”
If you’re closer to Saint Marys Hospital, hit the tried-and-true Canadian Honker, 1203 2nd St. SW, Rochester, for their turkey sammy. There’s no time limit here either, since the sandwich is a year-round featured menu item. “It’s always a popular dish, but you do see the numbers go up this time of year,” says manager Corey Hirlston. “It’s kind of a comfort food type of meal.”
At Glynner’s Pub, 1643 1/2 N Broadway Ave., Rochester, the hot turkey plate is a Thursday-only specialty item. Manager Matt Floen says it’s a good one, especially in the wintertime. It’s popular enough to warrant being held over from November into December.
Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub, 3120 Wellner Dr. NE, Rochester, has a year-round open-faced turkey sandwich that is the joy of joys for many diners. Some opt for the half-sized portion, says manager Chrissy Abraham, because “turkey with the trimmings can sometimes be a little filling. It’s a little surprising, too, after Thanksgiving how many we sell. People love their turkey.”
If you prefer a non-traditional turkey-heavy meal, no worries. Rochester again has you covered.
Back at Chester’s, set your stomach right with either the turkey avocado melt or the turkey avocado burger. “Both are really popular options,” says Zelton. At Glynner’s, the Texas turkey melt is a fan favorite. And at Whistle Binkies, check out the new turkey broccoli salad concoction, which is winning over more and more diners the longer it’s on the menu, Abraham says.
Dooley’s Pub has the turkey bacon avocado wrap as one of its most long-standing menu items, according to assistant manager Alex Greising. “It’s one of our specialties,” he says. “It’s been on the menu for probably six years. It’s definitely a popular one year-round.”
At Tonic Local Kitchen & Juice Bar, 217 2nd St. SW, Rochester, a standard go-to is the Our Rachel sandwich, which features local, whole-roasted turkey, house kraut, scratch thousand island dressing, and baby Swiss, piled on cranberry and wild rice bread. Delish!
Then there’s Porch, 20 4th St. SE, Rochester, which is well regarded for its fried chicken. But don’t overlook the smoked turkey BLT, which is served on caraway rye bread during lunch only.
If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, head to Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 318 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, for a turkey club. Served with bacon and cheddar cheese, and topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo on multigrain bread, this sammy comes in at 740 yummy calories.
How popular is turkey? Well, according to the National Turkey Federation (and yes, there is one), 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Last year, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed on Thanksgiving alone. That’s a lot of bird!