Photos by Chris Hall, The Courier-Journal - The fried turkey dinner includes gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce.
From the minute I heard about Turkey Joe's, I was pumped at the thought of cardamom-laced coffee, lamb pilaf and all the fragrant spices of the Ottoman court. Instead, I stepped through the door into an exotic palace of televised sports.
An unbroken line of TV screens glowed on every wall, flashing action-packed images of basketball, baseball, hockey and golf.
It turns out that Turkey Joe's isn't run by an immigrant from Istanbul. It's an east Louisville sports bar. I tend to be skeptical about dining in sports bars. It's rare to find one that puts interesting food on the table. And I tend to be skeptical about restaurants situated on the clean-scrubbed, impersonal stretches of Hurstbourne Parkway that seem utterly unconnected to any sort of real neighborhood.
And finally, I tend to be skeptical about restaurants like Turkey Joe's that make such a big deal of their chicken wings that they offer a full dozen sauce options, gilding the lily of Buffalo heat levels with such inventive riffs as sesame-hoisin, sweet chili, honey chipotle, garlic Parmesan and spicy peanut. Call me old-fashioned, but I reckon once a kitchen crosses the five-sauce barrier, it's just showing off.
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