We cannot get enough turkey! So why is it relegated to celebrity status only one day per year? It’s just not fair!
We dug up some places that you can get a decent dose of turkey anytime — including a scorching hot day in July.
Here’s where to go:
No American diner would be worth its grain of salt if it didn’t serve a turkey dinner. The Lake Effect Diner (3165 Main St.) serves house-smoked turkey with savory stuffing and cranberry sauce.
At the Holiday Showcase (3765 Union Road, Cheektowaga) enjoy turkey and dressing or hot and hearty plate of turkey (we assume it’s a sandwich). Uncle Joe’s Diner (4869 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg) serves roast turkey and gravy with stuffing and cranberry.
All Denny’s locations also serve turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and a choice of two sides as do sister restaurants the Olive Branch (2343 Union Road, West Seneca) and Olive Tree (5240 Broadway, Lancaster).
For the next step up in dining, we like these places where you can get a libation to go with your bird. Asa Ransom (10529 Main St., Clarence) has served a turkey dinner for years (it would be a sin if it ever stopped). The plate comes with both white and dark turkey, homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Sunday at Buffalo Brew Pub (6861 Main St.) means roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And while technically not a full dinner, because of the beer, we cannot resist Wednesday’s hot turkey sandwich at Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.).
For those who like turkey carved right in front of them, we offer up the Glen Park Tavern (5507 Main St., Williamsville) that serves a turkey dinner with potato and vegetables, and of course, Charlie The Butcher (1065 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville) where turkey is carved for sandwiches. Ironically, there is no turkey dinner listed on the “Tonight’s Dinner” portion of the menu, but we are betting you can ask to have turkey substituted.
For turkey in a different way, we offer up Turkey A La Jerome served daily until 6 p.m. at Mansard Inn (3365 Abbott Road, Orchard Park). Best described as turkey croquettes, the dish has been on the menu for years.
And last but not least, for those who like to take a Sunday drive, we offer up Sprague’s Maple Farm (1048 Portville-Obi Road, Portville). It’s one of our favorite places to eat turkey and pancakes. (Yes, because we love both and we can get both.)
In addition to being a top maple syrup producer, Sprague’s raises its own turkeys. The turkey dinner comes with sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce. You’ll also find turkey burgers, hot turkey sandwich, a Pilgrim turkey sandwich (wheat-berry bread, turkey, stuffing and cranberry horseradish sauce), turkey cobb salad, turkey reuben and turkey barley soup among others.
Our favorite is the turkey and biscuits, along with a side of pancakes, just because we can.