Year-round turkey dinners and gravy-smothered sandwiches? Sign us up! Head to House of Flavors where every day is Thanksgiving. Plus a dessert recommendation below to enjoy after dinner to leave this Ludington spot more stuffed than the Thanksgiving turkey.

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Thirty thousand. That’s how many pounds of turkey House of Flavors prepares each year. The Ludington restaurant, opened in 1976, serves roasted turkey dinners with all the trimmings year-round, along with gravy-smothered sandwiches stacked tall with turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Owner Barry Neal, the third generation of Neals to helm the beloved local dining spot, finds comfort in coming together for hearty fare. “We are serving generations of people who have been sharing meals here for years,” Neal says. “That’s what’s most important, who you share experiences with.”

Turkey sandwich from House of Flavors

Photo by Dave Weidner

House of Flavors in Ludington

Photo by Dave Weidner

Milkshake and turkey sandwich

Photo by Dave Weidner

Diners at House of Flavors are treated to delightful throwback décor with their turkey dinners: A record player spinning ’50s music, a shelf of Elvis memorabilia behind the ice cream counter, bright pink booths and black and white photos of former employees.

“I’m a bit of a collector by nature,” Neal says. “I think it ties us to what was important back then, when my grandfather founded House of Flavors, which was a sense of community, a sense of caring for each other. We use the word ‘sweet’ a lot, because, you know, I think that’s what we try and emulate, a sweeter time of life.”

Don’t Skip Dessert at House of Flavors

With the holiday season upon us, House of Flavors is bringing back seasonal favorites including apple crisp, pumpkin pie, as well as spumoni and candy cane ice cream.

House of Flavors in Ludington

Photo by Dave Weidner

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner