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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Turkey Roost

Finally, another restaurant review. I embarassed Hubby yet again by taking pictures of the food we ordered. We recently went Up North (Northern Michigan) for a long week "Winter Retreat" vacation with great friends, food and fun. I didn't do a great job documenting all the food but I did catch a shot of the "Turkey Plate" at the famous Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin, Michigan.

I first heard of this restaurant from Hubby whose father told him about it. They had stopped once or twice while traveling north for pheasant hunting. Hubby described it as "A full Thanksgiving meal in 5 minutes" and it sounded great. Before our recent vacation in Cheboygan, I did a little research as we were planning to hit up the Turkey Roost the night we drove up.

I happened upon a great article, here - a blog post describing the delicious "Good Eats for Hunters" in Michigan which also provided a tantalizing picture of this feast. His turkey "half plate" looks a lot like my picture of the "Turkey Plate" so I'm not quite sure what the difference is. The Turkey Plate was going for a whopping $6.55 and the taste was home-cooked goodness, even though it has the speed of a cafeteria - it doesn't taste that way. The "1/2 Turkey Plate" is just under $6 so I found it easy to justify getting the full plate and letting Hubby eat the rest of my stuffing, etc. Like noted in the Hunters article, your food will be served within at least 5 minutes... before I was able to return from using the restroom! The article also notes other items on the menu, though I'm not sure how many times I'd have to go before I strayed away from the Turkey Plate.

Finally, we made our way up to Kawkawlin - take exit 168 "Beaver Road" on I-75 and go East for a few miles. At the first traffic light, turn left and look for the Turkey Roost on the right, in a pink building. It is a quick detour from I-75 and I find it well worth the stop. Hubby couldn't help himself and even though we had a turkey dinner the night before we left up north, we stopped at the Turkey Roost on the way home as well. A friend ordered the Hot Turkey Sandwich (substitude on biscuits) which looked quite delicious as well. Those biscuits are awesome!

As you can see in the picture, the Turkey Plate includes: homemade stuffing (hidden under the white and dark meat turkey, and gravy), mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw or applesauce, cranberry sauce, and a fresh biscuit. I loved the cranberry and they have honey on most every table to eat with a buttered biscuit, which I ate for dessert. YUMMY. I hope the Turkey Roost stays open for a long time to come and I hope you visit, too!


  1. The Turkey Roost has been a family tradition since before I was born, I'm 27. My family always went out of their way to stop on the way to our cabin in Roscommon. The first time I took my husband he wasn't so impressed but I have him hooked now! I covet their biscuits, too!

  2. If your going northbound on I-75 it's a lot easier to get off at exit 164 and follow the M-13 connector into M-13 and then north on M-13.