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ISO Hot Turkey Sandwich

Velda Mae Mar 8, 2008 11:03 AM

I live in Newton Corner but am willing to travel for an excellent hot turkey sandwich, the kind with real sliced turkey and gravy that's served over white bread with mashed potatoes. Where can I find a good version of this dish?

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    addicted2cake RE: Velda Mae Mar 10, 2008 04:21 PM

    Check out Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Center. Great sandwiches including a hot turkey sandwich, gravy, cranberry sauce on challah. I'm sure you could get it on white bread. You won't have to travel far from Newton Corner, either!

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      Zatan RE: Velda Mae Mar 10, 2008 04:45 PM

      Busy Bee in Brookline serves a nice retro version like you describe, plain white bread with real roast turkey, topped with gravy and accompanied by mash and the veg of the day. I have a (no longer) secret fondness for that.

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        BostonZest RE: Zatan Mar 10, 2008 07:56 PM

        And the waitress will call you, "Hon" and yell at the cook if he doesn't move fast enough to get it ready for you. You'll think you've gone back a decade or two. And, sometimes that is not a bad thing.

        I was a kid who spent a lot of time in diners with my Dad and I can get a smile on my face just walking into the Busy Bee.

        It's on Beacon Street at the St Mary's Stop on the Green line C train. (on the same block as a the Japonaise Bakery. )

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        ziggles RE: Velda Mae Mar 11, 2008 09:42 AM

        Try John Brewer's Tavern on the Waltham/Watertown line. They have a basic open faced turkey sandwich with gravy, dressing, and garlic mashed, all of which were quite good. The food there isn't anything fancy...just basic things done well. I don't ever remember being disappointed with a meal there.

        I haven't tried it myself, but Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown has a roast turkey dinner as one of their blue plate specials. The food there is great, although I've yet to make it for anything but breakfast. While the menu doesn't list a sandwich, I bet they'd be willing to throw it on a piece of bread...and the good thing is that all their breads are brought in fresh from Nashoba Brook Bakery. Hmmm...I may have to go there for dinner tonight to check it out for you!

        Here are some links:

        Deluxe Town Diner:

        John Brewers Tavern:

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          Pia RE: ziggles Mar 11, 2008 11:49 AM

          I really like John Brewer's Tavern too! It's not a very chowish place -- more of a nachos and meatloaf kind of place -- but I'm always very satisfied with what we get there. I like the turkey sandwich there too.

          Haven't had it at Town Diner, but I much prefer the non-breakfast food there in general. I am not really a fan of their pancakes, but the lunch/dinner food is a good deal and actually good food, much better than you would expect from a place that bills itself as a diner.

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            ziggles RE: ziggles Mar 11, 2008 08:18 PM

            Well, I might have been joking when I originally wrote it, but alas, I DID go to Deluxe Town Diner for dinner tonight....to do a little "research" for you! ;-) Unfortunately, I can't say I was thrilled with the turkey dinner blue plate special. The turkey itself was anything but tender, although the flavor was fairly rich. The mashed potatoes were good, and the stuffing decent, but the stuffing portion was minuscule (maybe a 1/4 cup of it, as opposed to the 1.5 cups of potatoes). For my vegetable side, I opted for a salad with the standard herb vinaigrette dressing, and I must say it was the best part of the meal. All in all, I would say try other options first for your turkey sandwich. I stand by my recommendation of Brewer's....theirs is a solid traditional turkey dinner. Good luck!

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            mrgeocool RE: Velda Mae Mar 11, 2008 11:43 AM

            It may be a little too far, but try Nellio's Gourmet Farm in Lexington.
            It's not a restaurant, just takeout only. Their "Turkey Terrific" is the sandwich to get, comes with stuffing and cranberry sauce. To be there during the lunchtime rush (during the week) is to witness something, with fast service, lines stretching to the door, and roasted turkey breasts coming out of the oven at an alarming rate. I get mine on a french roll.

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              EmmaFrances RE: Velda Mae Mar 12, 2008 06:48 AM

              Zaftigs in Coolide Corner, Brookline does a nice turkey sandwich with all of the trimmings. Fat Cat in Quincy also has a turkey sandwich on their menu, but I haven't tried it.

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