I appreciate places that do few things and do them well. Lafayette Coney makes a solid Coney Dog, Papa Bella’s bakes up some of the best pizza this side of Chicago, and Almar Orchards produces what may be the best hard cider you’ll ever sip on. They all give you value for your dollar and thrive at what they do best. The Turkey Roost belongs in that category.
As you walk in you can’t help but notice the pink visage and wonder, “Did someone lose a bet?” or “Was this the ultimate gender reveal party?” Whatever happened the restaurant’s exterior has become an Up North landmark and it’s nearly impossible to miss.
I had heard about this place but only through extensive amounts of hyperbole. Turns out that the claims weren’t far off. Heaping portions of stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, coleslaw and turkey fill the plate and remind you of all the years you spent at Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Only this is better because you can get that same meal for $10 or less, and in August. I’ll repeat, less than $10 a plate. It is a damn turkey dinner for less than $10. This means that you will be getting full on boxed mashed potatoes and canned vegetables. Please do not complain. I saw the Urbanspoon and Yelp reviews and read some very belligerent comments. No one wants to hear about how you are offended and the nerve that someone would possibly be serve this meal and blah, blah, blah, blah. You’re not royalty, sister, and even if you were I would hope you would get the stick out of your tightly puckered ass and appreciate what these people are trying to do. They are offering a clean atmosphere and a plate full of hot carbs for less than a night at the movies. Now come down off your silver saddle and let me tell you about the Strawberry Shortcake.
First I need to provide context. I am not a dessert man by nature. It’s just not in me. My girlfriend, however is ever so slowly converting me. Bless her soul. She takes desserts to a whole other level. Any restaurant we go to we select our entrees based on how much room we will need for the final course. If we are at a reception where the sweet stuff is provided she circles the dessert table not unlike a lioness with shoulder blades arched and slightly foaming at the mouth as she prepares to take down a Savannah Kudu. I’d probably be embarrassed if I didn’t love her so much. Now back to the Shortcake. The Roost has these warm homemade biscuits that are just so fluffy and, well, really good. And they use them in the dessert and there’s ice cream and whipped cream and strawberries and juice and…it’s just a little piece of Up North Heaven by golly.
You can get in and out in under half an hour and the price is under $10 for a turkey meal. You want only white meat? You’ll have to pay a surcharge. My suggestion is be a man and take some dark meat. The Turkey Roost also offers roast beef and fish but with a plate that looks like this why would you want anything else?
2273 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin