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Feb 22, 2008 10:03 AM

(MSP) Turkey dinner

I am looking for a traditional turkey dinner or lunch. Real roast turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes. Does anyone do an exceptional job with this? Thanks if you can help.

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  1. you know, i think the key's restaurants do a good job with that exact thing. many locations in msp.

    1. McGovern's (bar on West 7th near the XCel) has terrific roast turkey, potatoes and gravy. I can't recall if they do the rest of the fixins', though.


      1. I love turkey dinner any time of the year! Go to Carol's Restaurant in Blaine. They have a hot turkey sandwich with gravy and incredible dressing, and I'm pretty sure that you can get a classic Turkey dinner, too.

        The Lexington in St. Paul is pretty good, too. Key's is a notch down in quality, but is still nice. But Carol's is the best.


        Patrick McGovern's Pub
        225 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

        Lexington Restaurant
        1096 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

        Keys Cafe & Bakery
        500 Robert St N, Saint Paul, MN 55101

        Carol's Restaurant
        11888 Aberdeen St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55449

        1. I'll put in another vote for Key's Cafe. The stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes are quite good, the cranberry sauce is from a can and the corn is from a frozen bag, but it never fails to satisfy my turkey dinner cravings, the portions are ample, and the price is right (just under 10 dollars). Sometimes nothing but a turkey dinner will do.

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          1. re: Quince

            I can attest to McGovern's roast turkey with gravy (although it's been a while). I noticed that Groveland Tap has a turkey dinner with all the fixings including sausage stuffing on Tuesday nights. I've never had that but would expect it to be good.

            (By the way, we went early to Groveland Tap tonight in search of fish. Maybe we just hit it when all the tables had just been filled but it was going to be a wait. Also a long line at St. Clair Broiler. We ended up with Italian. So the fish places are definitely busy now on Fridays. We will probably try again after Easter.)

            1. re: karykat

              Yes, you're right, GT does have a turkey dinner special as one of their weekly specials (I had forgotten that and would have never been able to pin down the day of the week...) It's pretty good actually (Key's roast turkey is good, too, as everyone says, though I've never had the turkey dinner--just the roast turkey omelette.


              Groveland Tap is always quite busy around dinner time on Fridays, but especially during Lent. The good thing, though, is that GT's AYCE Friday fish fry is a year-round deal so, indeed, you can go after Easter. Sorry you got stranded. I hope Italian was good. I'm thinking in that part of town you ended up at Carmelo's (which I've never been to) or Luci?


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                This is the first time we went to Groveland Tap this early. I'm a nightowl so I'm usually eating late. One good thing about GT is that they serve late. At least the burgers and things. Not sure about the specials like the turkey. And I would definitely want to order the fish when lots of people are also ordering it and it's coming out of the fryer hot and fresh. (Maybe they do that late there as well.)

                We didn't end up anywhere fancy. But had a good dinner at Pizza Luce. And there was no problem getting in. Lots of booths open. Guess everyone was eating fish!

                1. re: karykat

                  I haven't been to that Pizza Luce yet--the one on Selby, right? How is it?


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    It's great. The food seems the same as the take-out I've had from the downtown Mpls. one. It has a nice neighborhood feel. Lots of hip young waiters. A nice crowd of younger people and others (like me!) We hadn't been there quite so early before and noticed a good number of families with kids at the earlier time. I usually bring a sweater when I'm going there -- sometimes the dining room seems a little cold to me.

                    Last night, along with the entree I had a small caesar salad (asked for a bit light on the dressing). It was good with a little bit of lemon adding a good point.

                    Another thing I like is that they are willing to customize things for you a bit.

                    So it's a good neighborhood favorite.

          2. The only 2 places that come to mind have already been mentioned so will put in another plug for McGovern's and Groveland Tap. McGovern's is known for this item on their menu and I've heard praises for the Tap's as well.

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            1. re: liesel

              I have to agree with Anne - Carol's Restaurant in Blaine. I still remember this place before her small cafe-style restaurant burned down in Circle Pines. She made everything from scratch - turkey, mashed potatos, gravy, buns, as well as her soups, salad dressings and croutons. Depending on where you live, make the drive. I have only eaten there for lunch (and no turkey dinner) but seems people DT always like Peter's Grill for the Thursday's turkey dinner for $7.45. Not sure if it is all made from scratch??