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So I tried The Turkey Grill in Detroit...


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So I tried The Turkey Grill in Detroit...

boagman | Apr 3, 2009 10:33 PM

...and while this may be heresy to some, what's all the fuss about?

I'll say this right up front: the people working there were very nice and friendly, and I felt welcomed and unrushed, even if I was *way* out of my element being there. I took my sweet time looking over their menu, and asked some relevant questions which they were more than happy to answer. Good people there.

However, after having actually eaten the surprisingly-expensive food, I was left to ask myself why some folks are just hyper-keen on the place. The best part of the whole thing was, not surprisingly, the turkey wing itself, but even that was just sort of...there. It was okay, and certainly not inedible (we'll get to that part), but it certainly wasn't anything special, either, or even "good". It was just sort of there and functional. It was served with a creamy cajun sauce in a separate cup, and that didn't thrill me either. The spice level was correct, but *creamy*? It didn't come together well, and I ended up leaving most of the sauce untouched.

So, considering that the namesake of the place isn't anything to write home about, how about the rest of what came with it?

Well, the roll that was included was fine. Nothing wrong with it, but it is just a roll, and didn't really offer anything of consequence. I did end up eating it because:

The salad, conversely, was absolutely horrid. I don't use that word lightly, folks. It was terribly wilted (with brown edges!) lettuce and one slice of an unripe hothouse tomato absolutely *slathered* in an awful ranch dressing which seemed like it was only on there to cover the obviously past-its-prime "veggies". Inside the pile was a piece of the actual lettuce head's *stem* which was obviously inedible, and should never, ever have been inside the box in the first place. When I say "yuck", I mean it.

So, what did this cost? It was a bit over $9, and after I'd eaten it, I'd felt that someone had played a bit of a trick on me. A nasty one? No, not necessarily nasty, but for that money, I at least expect decent quality, if not outright good quality, and this fell short. Had I paid $5-$6, I wouldn't have been as put-out, but this was a place that I made a special trip into the city for last Saturday, and I could have had a lot more, and *far* better food only a couple of miles away at the Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck for even less money. At $9 or so, it's not going to break me, but I'm for-darned-sure not going to go back, and I won't tell people to go there...I'd tell them the opposite.

Again, the people who work there are very nice folks, and they do themselves proud...but the product is the most important thing, and it falls *way* short considering the accolades I've been hearing about it, and considering that it's not a cheap lunch at all, with *zero* atmosphere.

I honestly don't see the draw. Yes, they're a destination for turkey, but based on what I was served, they're not a good one.

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