Thanksgiving is truly the king of holidays. It doesn’t have the stress of giftbuying. There are no costumed mascots inviting kids to sit on their laps for awkward photos. And there’s no underwhelming fireworks show to endure on a picnic blanket in a lumpy field. It's just federally-sanctioned gluttony followed by watching football — well, falling asleep on the couch while football is on the TV, if we’re being honest.

But this celebration of overindulgence only comes once a year. So when I feel like my Thanksgiving spirit is running low, I head out to grab a hot turkey sandwich.

A staple of diners and old-school eateries, the traditional hot turkey sandwich is no-frills comfort food in its purest form. Just white meat turkey between two slices of bread, a side of mashed potatoes and gravy poured over the whole thing.

For a great local version, head over to East Lansing’s Coral Gables. The classic family restaurant turns out sturdy, well-made food at reasonable prices. There’s nothing daring about this menu — the most adventurous item is the Greek gyro — it’s just home-style food done right.

Coral Gables’ hot turkey sandwich features oven roasted turkey and housemade mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s like your own little Thanksgiving on a plate, and you don’t have to argue with your racist uncle.

Coral Gables

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
2838 Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-1311,

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