It’s time to talk turkey. Literally.
Now that it’s November, the traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner is just around the corner. But if you just can’t wait — or maybe you simply can’t get enough of the flavorsome fowl this month — here are a dozen or so tasty turkey-based menu items available at local restaurants …
-- Mark Saal, GO! editor
CAJUN TURKEY SANDWICH
This spicy sammy features Cajun-grilled turkey, Pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions and tomatoes on a bun with a side of Louisiana hot sauce. It's served with a choice of soup, salad or fries. $9.99, at Roosters Brewing Co., 253 Historic 25th St., Ogden (and 748 Heritage Park Blvd., Layton).
SMOKED TURKEY PLATE
A barbecue-smoked turkey breast mopped with house sauce. It's served with a choice of two sides and a corn bread muffin. $13.99, at Smokey’s BBQ & Grill, 207 Historic 25th St., Ogden.
TURKEY BACON AVOCADO SALAD
If you're looking for something on the lighter side, this offers salad greens, slow-roasted and hand-pulled turkey, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, salt/pepper, and creamy ranch dressing on the side. It's served with a slice of bread, croutons or a roll. $8.59, at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, 1953 Washington Blvd., Ogden (and multiple locations in Utah).
OPEN FACE TURKEY
Out for something a bit more traditional? This is house-roasted turkey on grilled Texas toast, smothered with gravy and served with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. $10.99, at Jeremiah’s Restaurant, 1307 W. 1200 South, Ogden.
Here's a sandwich with a little twist. Turkey, havarti cheese, cran-peño jelly, slow-roasted tomato spread, cucumbers and greens on French bread. Served with chips. $8.95, at Even Stevens, 2214 Washington Blvd., Ogden.
OGDEN RIVER CLUB
Turkey and peppered bacon? Yes, please. This is house-spiced turkey, peppered bacon, and smoked provolone baked together, then topped with avocado spread and roasted red pepper aioli, served on a toasted ciabatta roll. $10.25, at Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub, 1895 Washington Blvd., Ogden.
TURKEY CRAN-BRIE SANDWICH
Turkey, Brie cheese, spinach and cranberry relish on grilled challah bread. Mostly, we included this one so we could say "grilled challa bread." $11.95, at Jessie Jean’s on 25th Street, 195 Historic 25th St., Ogden.
TURKEY, CHEDDAR & APPLE
Here's a tasty combination: Oven-roasted turkey, cheddar, Granny Smith apples and honey mustard served on grilled whole-grain bread. $10.50, at The Bickering Sisters, 2487 Grant Ave., Ogden.
Smoked turkey on cranberry bread, with cranberry sauce, mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato and cheddar cheese. But hurry, this one is for a limited time only, offered only around Thanksgiving time. It's the standard sandwich price ($3.99-$6.99), plus $1.50, Old Grist Mill Bread Company, 460 2nd St., Ogden (and other locations in Utah).
TURKEY LUNCH STACK
Perfect November diner food: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cheddar and turkey gravy stacked on Texas toast. $8.99, at No Frills Diner, 449 W. 12th St., Ogden.
PIONEER TURKEY STEAK
Fresh-ground, lightly breaded turkey steak, topped with country gravy and served with fresh-made cranberries. $9.99, at Prairie Schooner, 445 Park Blvd., Ogden.
Slices of turkey and broccoli baked in a light curry sauce and mild cheddar cheese, served with grilled French bread and fresh fruit. (If, like a certain former president, you don’t care for broccoli? Go with the Turkey Enchilada.) $10.29, at The Greenery at Rainbow Gardens, 1851 Valley Drive, Ogden.
CAJUN TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS
Counting carbs? How about this one: Spicy turkey, grilled onions and Louisiana hot sauce in a lettuce wrap. $8.95, at Union Grill, 315 24th St., Ogden.