I want to remind everyone that I will be picking a reader to join me for a meal on my summer food tour of local restaurants. To enter for a chance to eat with me, all you have to do is send me an email with your name, address and telephone number to Akochirka@goerie.com.
Twenty-five miles west of Interstate 79 on Route 20 is The White Turkey Drive-In. Just over the border in Conneaut, Ohio, the White Turkey has been serving up turkey sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs for 58 years. Whether you want food to go or you want to eat at the diner-style counter, this really is a stroll back in time. Amanda and I got there around 6:15 Tuesday night, and it was just starting to get busy. There were four girls working the front of the house and a few cooks in the back, so service looked like it was pretty quick. Our server, Ali, came over and got us drinks while we looked over the menu board. The different burgers and hot dogs all sounded great, but the house specialty is the hand-shredded turkey sandwich (as well as their root beer), so it was hard to pass up. We both decided on the turkey sandwich, and Amanda got the homemade coleslaw and I ordered the hand-battered onion rings.
The turkey sandwiches were fantastic. The turkey is raised on the family farm and cooked and shredded in-house. A handful of shredded light and dark meat is placed on a toasted, buttered and salted bun and served plain with your choice of condiments. I put a little mustard and mayo on mine, and it was perfect. The turkey was moist and full of flavor. The salt on top of the bun really was a great touch and, in my opinion, made the sandwich. The sides were both delicious as well. The coleslaw was crisp, creamy and refreshing. I typically like an oil-based slaw, but this creamy one was great. The onion rings were perfectly fried and crunchy. I used a combination of BBQ and ketchup for them, and it was a good addition to the meal. My only issue with the meal was that I wanted more. The sandwiches aren’t the biggest, but they are delicious.
After we finished our sandwiches, we had to try the root beer floats. The floats are served in frosted mugs and fully capped with vanilla soft-serve. The root beer was just the right amount of sweet and not syrupy at all. Thank you to Ali for the great service and food. This is a great location for a summer drive and some even better food.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food