Having sadly RSVP’d “no” to turkey day plans, Peggy Sue’s Cafe's Thanksgiving sandwich was just the comfort-food ticket.

“Ready in 10 minutes,” said the voice over the phone after placing my order.

Peggy Sue’s is a brick-colored building next to a feed store and a bank on County Highway 61 in Willow River. The location was formerly a post office, a school, a confectionery, an ice cream parlor and a hotel. Remnants of its history are abound with old black-and-white photos hanging on the wall and porcelain salt and pepper shakers, antique tins and plates resting on shelves.

Oldies played overhead, and beyond the counter, I could see dishwashers and cooks busy behind the swinging-door. The woman at the counter was kind and patient as I dug out money for my cash or checks-only bill.

Back in my car, I could see this sandwich was serious business.

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On the first bite, I was sold on the ample helping of juicy turkey chunks, a sublime and robust cranberry mayo, a sticky, melty cheese blend and two lightly toasted slices of sourdough.

The golden buttery bread held its contents well and somehow didn’t grow soggy in between bites and audible sounds of appreciation. Rarely a turkey and cranberry mixer myself, this mayo combo was a game-changer, pink with small bits of scarlett-colored cranberry, yum!

The sandwich comes with fries, salad or soup of the day, which was navy bean and ham during my visit. I opted for the former, which were perfectly thick and crispy.

Peggy Sue Cafe’s menu touts a mix of omelets, back home salads, stock pot homemade soups and chilis, hand-breaded chicken dinners.

Prices are modest at $9.95 for homemade corned beef hash, $4.95 for a malt, $14.50 for a four-piece crispy fried chicken dinner. The Thanksgiving sandwich was $9.95 and well worth it.

If you're on the hunt for positive turkey-day feels, this sandwich has got you covered.

Peggy Sue’s Cafe

8135 Co Hwy 61, Willow River


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