For those who love roast turkey, you have to come to Newfoundland where it is readily available in traditional Newfoundland restaurants, right up there with cod au augratin (sic) and lobster rolls. You can have it as a dinner with all the trimmings, a cold sandwich or my personal fave a hot turkey sandwich usually served with home made, fresh, sliced French fries and a lovely bit of dry, bread dressing featuring the island's great offering, savory.
Sometimes, however, it's hard to get even though it may be on the menu. On a recent visit to Rocky Point, I was, as usual, excited to see turkey dinner on the menu but the charmingly maternal waitress said abruptly, "You're not having that, we've got fresh halibut on tonight." That's lovely, I replied but I would like the turkey. No, she insisted, you can't have the turkey when we've got fresh halibut on.
I explained that I am from Montreal, a fine dining town where I can regularly find fresh halibut on the menu, albeit at twice the price of this restaurant, but nonethelss it has less cache for me than turkey dinner something I can find in almost only one place in Montreal: my kitchen table having just made it. There are NO restaurants that I know of that serve fesh turkey in Montreal, more's the pity.
Suddenly I was in a Monty Python sketch apparenttly having unwittingly and involuntarily paid for an argument.
I had the halibut. Waitress fear is palpable. It was delicious.
Today, however, at lunch in the lovely Station Diner in picturesque Holyrood, I got no arguements, just the turkey sandwich I am so fond of. Delicious slices of dark meat in between two fat pieces of white bread covered in a beige gravy that smooths and never argues, peas and stuffing on the side...accompanied by a Quidi Vidi Iceberg Beer...who isn't happy when they find exactly what they want, served by someone who keeps referring to you as "my love", even though you've never met her before. Comfort food in a comfortable setting. Worth the stop, worth the return.