Ode to a Hot Turkey Sandwich
Fifteen years ago on the way to Montana we stopped in Wallace, Idaho for dinner and I had the best hot turkey sandwich of my life. A hot turkey sandwich is the measure against which I judge all other childhood comfort foods. There are two places that had previously made the grade — one, a cafe in Rhinelander, Wisconsin — the other a small roadside diner in LaPine, Oregon. The restaurant in Wallace is third. Even though I get to North Idaho fairly often, it’s never at mealtime or it’s some time when I can’t convince myself to eat something that I deem as bad for me as a hot turkey sandwich. I’m talking white bread, mashed potatoes and a lot of gravy. Today I decided………..enough of this deprivation. We went to Wallace specifically so I could satisfy the craving. I have a friend who the other day told me about someone she knew who, now that she is retired, has driven ninety miles for a meal she wanted. “Can you imagine,” she asked me. Yes. I can.