Turkey takes some fat out of fast food

November 07, 1990

Turkey is the main attraction at several fast-food shops in the Baltimore-Washington area, suggesting that the poultry's appeal extends beyond the holiday meal.

At the Mall in Columbia, Linda Notzon recently opened a Bassett's Original Turkey franchise to offer shoppers an alternative to high-fat fast food. Hot and cold turkey entrees and sandwiches are on the menu. Based in Philadelphia, the company has other stores in Washington and New Jersey. She calls turkey "the perfect fast-food product for the 1990s" because it is low in fat. Contact the store at 992-6819.

At the Gallery near the Inner Harbor and at Owings Mills, the trend is represented by Talk 'n Turkey stores, a chain that is expanding across the country. Founded in 1986 by Baltimoreans Albert Saval and Alan Morstein, the company's slogan is "Real food for the '90s."

Spokesman Michael Feinberg says the concept started with fast food, but demand at the holidays prompted the company to offer whole cooked turkeys and all the fixings for Thanksgiving. Call the store in the Gallery at 837-3033; the deadline for ordering from this store is Nov. 15. Call the Owings Mills store at 363-3033; the deadline for ordering is Nov. 19. Plan to pick up the meal on Nov. 21 because the stores will be closed Thanksgiving.

This year, the store at the Gallery will donate turkey dinners to the Salvation Army Women's and Children's shelter on Calvert Street in Baltimore. The Owings Mills store will give meals to the YWCA Corner House on Franklin Street.

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