Q: Where can we go to get a good meal on Thanksgiving?
Restaurants seem to be catching on to the fact that a lot of folks can't or don't want to make their own turkeys on T-Day. So there are a number of places open on November 22, but my top pick would be the Briarwood Inn (1630 Eighth Street, Golden, 303-279-3121) for its stunning holiday decorations, charming but crisp service and winning way with all things American and traditional. A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings will cost $39.95 a person, but that includes the wonderful relish tray.
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Other options run the gamut in price and elegance. On the higher end, Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace Hotel will offer its blowout brunch for $39.95, while its spiffier sister, Palace Arms, will do a four-course meal for $49 (both are at 321 17th Street, 303-297-3111). The Wellshire Inn (3333 South Colorado Boulevard, 303-759-3333) is serving an à la carte menu from noon to 6 p.m, while The Fort (19192 Highway 8, Morrison, 303-697-4771) is doing it the Old West way the sweet potatoes with maple syrup, brown sugar, pecans and marshmallows are killer for $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. But the big high-end bargains just might be at the Brokers (821 17th Street, 303-292-5065; 5111 DTC Parkway, 303-770-5111; 555 30th Street in Boulder, 303-449-1752), which are all putting out a full turkey or ham meal for $24 ($9 for kids).
Less formal choices include jou jou (1106 14th Street, 303-820-2600), which is doing a $40 deal from noon until 10 p.m.; the Table Mountain Inn (1310 Washington Street, Golden, 303-277-9898) for a Southwestern-style meal at $24.95 adults and $9.95 kids; and an a la carte menu at Radex (100 East Ninth Avenue, 303-861-7999).
If you want a restaurant-quality meal at home, try Strings (1700 Humboldt Street, 303-831-7310), which is making a twenty-pound, deboned bird to go for $100 (a twelve-pounder is $60) with gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, while Whole Foods (2375 First Avenue, 720-941-4100) will make full dinners for a variety of prices, depending on the number of people you want to feed. No muss, no fuss: That's my idea of a holiday.