I had heard about Turduken for the past few years and how tasty and moist the meat was. While visiting in Florida this past week the subject of Turduken came up in conversation and I learned that the Alpine Steak House in Sarasota had been reviewed by a Food Network celebrity chef for its Turduken. I had to try it. Let me begin by saying that one would not go to the Alpine Steakhouse for the atmosphere, at least not for lunch. One half of the building is a butcher shop. The other half was pure diner. While my father passed on the Turduken and had a pastrami sandwich I eagerly ordered my Turduken. When our meals arrived I was somewhat surprised by the size of the meals. My father's Pastrami sandwich and fries were falling off the plate. My Turduken consisted of a 6 by 8 by 1 inch slice of Turduken with gravy, a medium sized scoop of mashed potato and a small dish of cranberry sauce for $14.95. The pastrami and fries were $8.95 if I remember correctly. While the potato and cranberry were standard fair the Turduken was spectacular; juicy and tender and full of flavor. My choice of quality over quantity was the correct one this time. Will I go back again? Probably not but I will be ordering a "prepared for cooking" Turduken from the Alpine Steak House for next Thanksgiving. Overall, I'm glad that I went there.
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