FACT: turkeys have ribs, and as it turns out, they are delicious covered in tangy BBQ sauce.
At least that’s the case with the turkey ribs sold at De’Lish Cafe, the restaurant at 139 N. Main St. near the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.
De’Lish’s turkey rib entree meshes well with the restaurant’s “Cajun Creole Comfort Food” theme.
De’Lish owner Jasmine Brown said the turkey ribs have been on the menu for about three years.
“Our turkey ribs are actually made to order. The BBQ sauce is made in-house. Most of my customers don’t eat pork, so that’s one reason why we chose to put them on the menu. Plus, people love BBQ,” she told this news organization.
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Generally the only pork served at De’lish is the bacon served on loaded potatoes and during brunch, Brown said.
So what exactly does a rib turkey taste like? Well, really good, for one.
The juicy, slow smoked white and dark meat turkey falls off the bone, and you can taste the Cajun spices coming through.
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The meal comes with three turkey ribs, which were larger and more meaty than I expected.
They are served with coleslaw, broccoli and a macaroni and cheese that stands among the best in Dayton.
The hearty dish is $18, and is just one of the comforting dishes the restaurant offers.
Among them is the Southern Comfort — (chicken wing, mac and cheese and must-try collard greens), Creole shrimp and grits, a craveable crawfish, lobster and artichoke spinach dip served with tasty garlic naan bread triangles and De’lish’s raved-about soul rolls, collard greens, braised chicken and sauteed veggies hand rolled in cornmeal.
The restaurant held its first weekly Sunday Trap Music Brunch of 2018 on Jan. 7, and features live entertainment with no cover on Friday evenings.
Brown launched the restaurant in 2010, at the former site of Gregory’s Piano Bar.
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WHAT: De’lish Cafe, 139 N. Main St., downtown Dayton
HOURS: 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.