Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for a lot of people, and it’s a shame that we often only enjoy the traditional turkey-and-dressing dinner once a year. Well, you don’t have to anymore. In Kawkawlin, MI, the Turkey Roost makes Thanksgiving meals almost every day, and we think you should add it to your Michigan summer bucket list!
About the Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin
The Turkey Roost restaurant first opened in 1955 in an abandoned hamburger restaurant. Clayton Kitchen, the founder, came up with the idea of only serving turkey after visiting a family member’s New York full-menu restaurant. His belief was that he could master a limited menu in order to serve it quickly.
Although ownership of the Turkey Roost has changed hands a couple of times over the years, the owners have always continued that mission. The pink color of the restaurant was chosen to make it more memorable.
The turkey plates include dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and buttermilk biscuits. You can even order turkey in the form of a hot or cold sandwich. Additionally, the Turkey Roost serves beef plates and sandwiches.
Daily specials include turkey noodle soup, beef stew, turkey potpie, and sausage and biscuits with gravy. On Fridays, a variety of seafood dishes are available. For dessert, you can order old-fashioned strawberry shortcake or a slice of a la mode pie.
If you’re in Kawkawlin in the morning, you can even catch breakfast at the Turkey Roost. It serves all of the classics — pancakes, French toast with homemade or regular bread, eggs, toast, ham, bacon, sausage, and American fries.
Places to Explore Near the Turkey Roost
Bay County has a lot of things to do and attractions that can help you work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the Turkey Roost. Spring Valley Golf Course is a great spot for golfers of all skill levels. The nine-hole course was built in the early 1960s and has a beautiful landscape.
If you prefer mini golf, Buoy 18 Miniature Golf and Ice Cream has an 18-hole course with a view of the Saginaw River. There’s also a video game arcade with Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation, Dance Dance Revolution, and other games. While you’re there, grab some Ashby’s Ice Cream. There are more than 42 flavors and a self-serve bar with toppings. Buoy 18 has other snacks too — hot dogs, mini corn dogs, onion rings, root beer floats, shakes, and malts.
Home to more than 2,000 acres of wetland meadows, woods, and cattail marshlands, Bay City State Park offers many recreational activities. You can go swimming on the beach, biking and hiking on several miles of trails, and fishing. At the Bay City Riverwalk, you can bike, rollerblade, or walk a paved scenic path through several parks and along the Saginaw River.
Coffee, Ice Cream, and Candy in Bay County
To keep your energy up as you explore Bay County, stop at Live Oak Coffeehouse for specialty coffee and handcrafted beverages. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Cream & Sugar dips single, double, and triple scoops of unique flavors. The shop has fresh baked cookies as well.
Is candy more your style? You’ll find a variety of homemade treats, candies, and cotton candy at Tummy Ache Candy Store. The shop even has ice cream, slushies, and hand-shaved snow cones with 21 flavor options.
Campground & Lodging Near the Turkey Roost in Bay County
There are a couple of really good campgrounds in Bay County near the Turkey Roost. East of the restaurant, Bay City Park has electrical service, modern restrooms, and mini cabins. North of the restaurant, Bay County Pinconning Park has a combination of semi-modern and modern campsites with electrical service, a well-maintained bathhouse, log cabin rentals, and more.