Bates House of Turkey

Meat-and-Three | Smoke House
Worth a detour

Turkey is the only thing to eat at Bates House of Turkey: turkey dinners, turkey sandwiches, turkey salads, turkey tacos, turkey soup, and turkey chili.

The turkeys come from the Bates family’s free-range farm in nearby Logan, Alabama; and having very much enjoyed a Thanksgivingworthy plate of white meat, cornbread dressing, a sweet potato, green beans, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy, I assure you that they are swell.

The meat is tender, juicy, and flavorful. It arrives mounded upon a large portion of downhome dressing with a stout, earthy cornbread taste. I was fortunate enough to get the last baked sweet potato of the day — a modest-size tuber cooked to a caramelized fare-thee-well. When sweet potatoes are not available, spud options include mashed potatoes and Tater Tots. Homey cream pies are available for dessert.

Service is eat-in-the-rough style. Place your order at the counter and pay. When it’s ready, you are called up to get it on a tray, which you carry to a table in the comfy, wood-paneled dining room.

In addition to restaurant food, Bates House of Turkey does a brisk business in oven-ready turkeys, hickory smoked turkeys (whole or boneless breasts), turkey sausage to cook at home, several varieties of turkey soup, turkey lasagna, turkey pot pie, turkey tetrazzini, and a sweet potato souffle to accompany turkey dinner.

What to Eat
Bates House of Turkey, Turkey Dinner
Turkey Dinner
No, it's not Thanksgiving. But it tastes like it.
Bates House of Turkey, Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Just-right-sweet coconut cream pie
Bates House of Turkey, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Creamy-good duet: chocolate peanut butter pie
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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