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Admittedly, we have never visited Texas. In all honesty, it is very likely that I unconsciously punish the state because it continues to elect people like Ted Cruz over and over. Texas reminds me too much of the state of Miami (yeah, Miami, which is not Florida, feels like a state) because we also elect people with no business leading anyone. Even though Beyonce is a much better representation, I can’t help thinking of the demonic Ted Cruz whenever I think of Texas.
Far more intriguing than Cruz is Turkey Leg Hut with its constant drama, newsworthy antics and apparently some amazing food. To see for ourselves, we pulled up as soon as they opened on a Wednesday and there was no wait whatsoever.
The space has an interesting set up with tents and wooden and metal seating arrangements outside that were vastly uncomfortable if you plan on eating a large meal (inevitable due to the huge portions.) The menu is eclectic with something for just about every palate, however, please order TURKEY when you visit TURKEY Hut! I absolutely hate it when a restaurant is known for a specific dish and people order something entirely different on their first visit. Since we were at TURKEY Hut, I ordered TURKEY.
We started with the Shrimp Alfredo Leg. You know what? I serve a good God! I don’t care whether you believe that or not, I do, and He believes in me. This Turkey leg was of Him. That is the only explanation I can offer for this delectable dish. Anyone that says this isn’t one of the best turkey legs they’ve ever had cannot be trusted. I want you to prosper and be great, so please believe me.
The leg came piled high and fully loaded with dirty rice, jumbo grilled shrimp and Cajun Alfredo Sauce. First off, the turkey was so tender that all you need to do is a slight twist of the bone and the meat pulls right off, flopping on the metal tray and glistening in the sunlight waiting for you the tear into it. The turkey leg has to be cured and flavored with a quality aromatic wood because the flavor was fantastic.
Even without the scrumptious toppings, the turkey had a delicate smokiness supported by a slight sweetness. Coupled with the amazing tenderness, it created the perfect foundation for the seasonings and spices. Their dirty rice is the best I’ve had since starting this media company. It’s a traditional Louisiana Creole dish that is called “dirty” because the pork, beef or chicken, green bell pepper, celery, and onion change the color and reception of the white rice. The fragrant seasoning was spiced with cayenne and black pepper for a heat that awakens your palate and leaves it feeling happy. Parsley and chopped green onions were not just garnishes but added the right amount of oniony notes to contribute to the overall performance of this incredible entrée.
If you thought the rice was already a star, they took it up an even crazier notch and smothered the entire thing with Cajun flavored Alfredo dressing. I didn’t realize how much I needed Turkey Hut’s Cajun and Creole flavors! Truly a culinary experience worth celebrating!
Our next item was the Cajun Crawfish Macaroni & Cheese Leg with their signature slow smoked turkey leg topped with creamy mac and cheese sprinkled with crawfish. The mac and cheese had a pronounced flavor thanks to the parmesan cheese shavings complimented by the herbs and seasoning. Really good, but the Alfredo was my favorite.
If you have never been to Turkey Leg Hut, go. It’s just that simple. I can only speak for the two items discussed in this article, so please do not post BS on my social media pages complaining about some non-Turkey item you ordered! And if you want to avoid the crowds, do what we did and go early for lunch on a weekday. You can reach them at (832) 787-0770 or visit them online at www.theturkeyleghut.com.