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Authentic turkey dinners and/or sandwiches anywhere?

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Mermaidofthenorth Jul 17, 2010 06:01 PM

I would love to find a restaurant in the Greater Hartford or Western Mass area that regularly cooks an actual turkey (not the "breast of turkey" that is processed and serves it on the menu at times during the year besides Thanksgiving. Am I dating myself -- as a child I remember Bennett's Turkey Farm in Chicopee and I have been to Hart's up in Meredith, NH. Honestly, it seems that a real turkey dinner is harder to come by than just about anything. Thanks for the tips.

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  1. bagelman01 RE: Mermaidofthenorth Jul 18, 2010 05:29 AM

    About a 45 minute drive east from Hartford on I-84 is the Traveler Restaurant in Union, CT. It's the last exit in CT. It's at the last exit in CT before hitting Mass. The signs says Food and Books. It is both a restaurant and used book store.
    It has good American Food, but is known for its in house roasted turkey: Dinners, open faced sandwiches and pot pies.
    Definitely the whole turkey roasted, not just the breast. Dark meat is evident in the dinners and pot pie. The open sandwich tends to be white meat only unless a mix is requested.

    http://www.hiddenboston.com/TravelerR...

     
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      coldduck RE: Mermaidofthenorth Jul 18, 2010 11:40 AM

      You might try the Curtis House in Woodbury, Conn. They have long offered a "fresh turkey dinner" on their menu. It used to be from a whole roasted bird - not sure if that's still the case or if they just do breasts.

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      Curtis House
      506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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        bagelman01 RE: coldduck Jul 19, 2010 09:45 AM

        Beware, the Curtis House attracts a very elderly clientele!

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        Curtis House
        506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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          coldduck RE: bagelman01 Jul 19, 2010 05:29 PM

          Meaning? This person is looking for a turkey dinner, not a nightclub or tapas or sourced beets. Places like the Curtis House are good for roasts (beef, turkey, lamb, pork) precisely because they serve older couples who can't handle a whole roast at home. And the relish tray is just a bonus.

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          Curtis House
          506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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            bagelman01 RE: coldduck Jul 19, 2010 06:31 PM

            Meaning: The more a prospective diner knows about a restaurant before deciding to dine there is useful information.

            I have taken my MIL, wife and wife's aunt to eat at the Curtis House and it's fine for that group.

            It would be innapropriate to take my 3 and 7 year old niece who would be bored and auntsy and forced to keep quiet by the stifling atmosphere.
            This is not a reflectyion on the food, but the restaurant and its clientele.
            This is useful information of the sort I appreciate when consoidering a new restaurant.

            When my wife and I want a romantic dinner out, I don't want a restaurant with a loud bar/sports scene.

            There's more to dining than the food.

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            Curtis House
            506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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              melpy RE: coldduck Jul 19, 2010 06:51 PM

              Please elaborate about what is on the relish tray.

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                coldduck RE: melpy Jul 20, 2010 05:00 AM

                You might say that the relish tray was the old school amuse bouche. Served just after you sat down, it consisted of one or two kinds of relish, cottage cheese, maybe a cranberry sauce thing and an assortment of crackers. Last time I was at Curtis House, quite a while ago, they still served the relish tray. They also had fruit cocktail on the menu, another throwback to an earlier day. They probably don't have either now, but I thought I'd mention it. (They also have lots of Buicks in the parking lot.)

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                Curtis House
                506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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                  melpy RE: coldduck Jul 20, 2010 12:56 PM

                  I was thinking of the relish wheel at Dog Team Tavern in Vermont and wondering if there were similar things on the relish tray. Thanks for the info.

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                    louuuuu RE: coldduck Jul 21, 2010 04:29 AM

                    One of the purposes of an amuse bouche is not only to excite the taste buds, but to give the patron a glimpse of the chef's signature style of cooking. The relish tray described above certainly tells you all you want to know about the Curtis House kitchen ... and parking lot.

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              cannedpoo RE: coldduck Jul 20, 2010 05:45 PM

              Curtis House=Not a real restaurant anymore, vile.

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              ctjane RE: Mermaidofthenorth Jul 20, 2010 05:31 AM

              Cypress Grill in Middletown CT has a good turkey dinner.

              1. trufflehound RE: Mermaidofthenorth Jul 20, 2010 07:50 AM

                Outpost Farm in Holliston, MA roasts their own turkey's and make a mean sandwich. Spend a day at the local state parks and have a picnic.

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