There’s a new sandwich shop on the block in the Lower Garden District and it’s not what you may expect from a typical New Orleans lunch spot.
Turkey & the Wolf was opened in 2016 with the hopes of keeping a simple menu. The menu is filled with creative and innovative sandwiches and “not sandwiches.” Swade, a sous chef at Turkey & the Wolf, talked about the menu.
“Most of the people in the back of the house have worked in fine dining around New Orleans,” he says. “We wanted to open a place where we could be creative with the menu, but keep it small at the same time.”
And the goal for the food was simple according to Swade.
“We just make whatever we think tastes good,” he says. “Like our fried bologna sandwich with salt and vinegar chips. What’s not to like about that?”
The small and simple sandwich menu at Turkey & the Wolf doesn’t mean that they are sacrificing quality of ingredients or not using techniques they have carried over from the fine dining world. Swade pointed out some more kitchen strategies.
“Our goal with our sandwiches is to make a fully composed dish in sandwich form,” he says. “We’re all extremely serious about our food here.”
Sandwich shops aren’t exactly scarce in New Orleans, so we asked Swade what is setting Turkey & the Wolf apart from the crowd.
“Most sandwich shops in New Orleans are serving Po Boys,” he says. “Nothing against Po Boys, but we’re probably one of the few places that aren’t serving them.”
And it’s not enough to just have great food. Turkey & the Wolf is keeping fun at the top of the list.
“It’s just a really fun place to be and work,” says Swade. “We feel like we’ve created a place where locals want to come hang out.”