Five Unexpected Spots Open on Thanksgiving in Denver

If you're not into cooking or just don't have the time or space for a multi-course family meal, you could head to any number of standard hotel-restaurant Thanksgiving dinner destinations. But there are plenty of other options for something a little offbeat  — from holiday haute cuisine to meatless turkey. Here are five options where you can pig out like a pilgrim this Thursday.

5) Barricuda's
1076 Ogden Street

Capitol Hill's favorite late-late bar and restaurant is kicking things off early on Thanksgiving with a turkey-and-trimmings buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $15.95 a person (or half that for kids under twelve and free for tots under six), guests can gobble turkey, prime rib, ham, salmon and chicken along with a complete spread of other holiday favorites. Top that off with $12 bottomless mimosas and you've got a feast that's like a home away from home at this neighborhood joint. Here's a little more info on the Turkey Day grub and booze.

4) Charcoal
43 West Ninth Avenue
This low-key Golden Triangle restaurant is better known for binchotan-grilled small plates with a Nordic twist than for hearty comfort food — and its Thankgiving four-course supper is no exception. But on Thursday, the kitchen won't stray too far from tradition, even if the platings and presentations are a little more modern. For $61 per person (half-price for children under twelve), you'll get a winter warmer cocktail and focaccia and choices from four appetizers, three entrees and three desserts. Check Charcoal's website for the complete menu. Reservations are being accepted for times beginning at 3 p.m.

3) Govinda's Garden Cafe
1400 Cherry Street

Govinda's is a Denver institution for vegetarian Indian cuisine — and that includes meals on the holidays. The Hale neighborhood eatery is throwing its annual Gentle Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m., with tofu turkey, lentil apple walnut loaf, and an assortment of meatless sides and cruelty-free desserts. Check the restaurant's website for details of the feast — made "with love for body and soul."

2) Habit Doughnut Dispensary and Carbon Beverage Café 
1553 Platte Street

The dual doughnut shop/coffeehouse is throwing a hip-hop Thanksgiving with turkey TV dinners from chefs Scott Parker and T.J. Bresina. The portable platter includes roast turkey, a hit of cranberry sriracha, heart-shaped beets, garlic mashers and a pumpkin brioche doughnut. For an additional post-turkey sugar rush, check out the seasonal doughnut flavors at Habit: Apple of my Chai, the maple-bacon Sellout, or the Blazed B with chocolate pumpkin cremieux. The TV dinner rings in at $9.99 all day Thursday, and you can enjoy a selection of $4 adult beverages from 3 to 7 p.m.

1) ViewHouse
2015 Market Street, 720-878-2015
7101 South Clinton Street, Centennial, 303-790-8439

Both locations of ViewHouse are bound to be jammed on Drinksgiving — but the next day these hangouts will be cleaned up and ready to host Thanksgiving (with an emphasis on giving) during standard dinner hours for $19.99 per person. Start out with a seasonal martini — like a Firefly fig martini — and then dig into herb-roasted turkey breast, garlic whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing, almond green beans and brioche rolls with cranberry jam. On Thanksgiving, ViewHouse is also launching its annual Care for Colorado Toy Drive to benefit Denver Metro Boys & Girls Club. Make a dinner reservation and bring a donation or just stop by to drop off a toy on Thursday — or any day until December 16.