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Mom is coming for her first New Orleans Thanksgiving, and I'd like to serve a fried turkey. Any suggestions on where I can order one for Thanksgiving day pick-up?

I live in Mid-City but of course am willing to drive around the metro area for a good purveyor. Thanks!

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  1. I used to get mine from Deanie's in Bucktown

    1. Years ago, I used to get mine from Lakeview Fine Foods or MeMe's in Lakeview and a couple of local caterers in Lakeview. But they are now gone.
      I'd suggest trying a supermarket as I always had good luck with them.

      WAIT!!! How could I let this slip my mind? I just remembered that the Catering Chef from MeMe's opened her own place in Lakeview, called Chicken Sue's. Great RB po-boys, fried chicken etc. Ah, I'll blame it on being under the weather.

      My guess is Chicken Sue's just might have Fried Turkeys around the holidays.
      Let us know what you find out. I might order one for Christmas.

      For more info & address:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/436311

      1. As I suggested on a recent post, Popeye's Fried Chicken and Biscuits offers a 10-12 or 12-14 pound Fried Turkey for less than $25.....at least here in Northern New Jersey. Check with a location near you. According to the website, there are 45 locations in the New Orleans area.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567401

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        1. re: fourunder

          I got one from Popeye's, ONCE. Dry, flavorless meat (I'm guessing not injected). Only seasoning was what they dumped on the skin after frying.

          1. re: JazzyB

            JazzyB,

            If there can be any agreement about fast food or Chains, quality varies depending on location. With regards to your experience, yours was not pleasant and probably overcooked where you purchased yours.

            FWIW, I have seen the Turkeys in vacuum packaging before cooking. They were both seasoned and brined. If the OP considers Popeye's, He/she can request to see it as well....or at the very least, call and ask about specifics from their local location.

            1. re: fourunder

              Not trying to be contray but, eyeing a turkey prior to being cooked guarantees nothing, least of all proper cooking. Seeing liquid in a bag doesn't necessarily mean the bird has been injected or brined (2 totally different things). Pehaps it was frozen and the liquid is what normally accumulates when defrosting. Sight is a poor indicator. BTW, I have a food saver cryovac and it is impossible to vaccuum enough liquid to brine. It gets sucked out with the air. Anyway, I ordered mine in advance and they were lifting it from the fryer as I sat at the drive up. I witnessed the dumping of spice. What went on prior, who knows. True, there is no consistency among franchises. This being the case along with my passed experience, I'd rather not leave the cooking of my Thanksgiving turkey to a Popeye's franchaise. BTW, mine was not a Thanksgiving order so no ruined holiday meal.

              1. re: JazzyB

                JazzyB,

                Are you suggesting I believe the Popeye's Turkey is brined in a couple of ounces of liquid in a cryovac bag,,,,,,,wink, wink?

                For the record, any food from any corporate chain, restaurant or fast food service, goes through a long period of research in recipe ideas and formulation development, testing in cooking procedures(time and temperature), in this case type of oil, size of turkey used and taste testing for the Cajun flavor associated with Popeye's other food items..

                Once the decision on the specifications for the final product are determined, a menu roll-out is planned and food purveyors are contracted to produce the final product to the specifications in accordance with the recipe so it can be distributed or implemented nationwide. Sometimes this will be from a central supplier only....but due to logistics, this can also be contracted out to regional suppliers. Either way, the suppliers adhere to the strict specifications for preparation of the Turkey BEFORE it is Vacuum packed, and it is a Proprietary Item made exclusively for Popeye's. It's not just like the turkey you purchase at your local supermarket refrigerator/frozen food case.

                BTW...the liquid you refer to in Cryovac bags is usually a saline solution that is added to aid in the shelf life of poultry and pork......as an added benefit, it also helps retain moisture to the product......but I agree with you that this addition of liquid may not always make the product better or more moist due to many other variables in cooking.

        2. call Rouse's, Robert's, and Lagenstein's to see if anyone is doing them.
          also look at:
          http://www.cajunmarket.com/turkeys-ha...

          1. Thanks for the suggestions. I talked with the Chicken Sue's people, and they're doing a Thanksgiving catering menu that includes fried turkey breast, so we may get that.

            It seems like a nice place, and is indeed run by people from the former MeMe's:
            Chicken Sue's
            203 W. Harrison Ave,
            504-371-5546

            Thanks again everyone.

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            1. re: mid citizen

              If you can, get it fried in lard...far superior to anything else.

              1. re: mid citizen

                Thanks for reporting back on the fried turkey status at Chicken Sue's.

                I need to go get an oil change a few doors down at the full serve gas station
                (this is my old 'hood) soon and might as well pop in to Chicken Sue's for a RB po-boy and put my fried turkey order in for Christmas.

                Thanks again, MC.

              2. The Joint (Poland Ave.) was advertising a ''smoked and fried" t'giving turkey when I was there Sat. Phone or in-person reservations.

                1. Fiorella's Cafe in the French Quarter will be frying 15 lb. TURKEYS for $40 for this Thanksgiving. They ask that you call and order by Nov 21st to secure Delivery by the holiday. I guess just give then a call for all the details .... here it is (504) 553-2155

                  1. i saw a sign about smoked fried turkey at the joint. i can only imagine that it would be sublime...miles and miles above a (shudder) popeye's turkey.