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Celebrate Thanksgiving at These Denver Restaurants

Urban Farmer's Thanksgiving spread promises to delight carnivores and vegetarians alike (just ignore that bird in the middle).
Urban Farmer's Thanksgiving spread promises to delight carnivores and vegetarians alike (just ignore that bird in the middle). Courtesy Urban Farmer
Want to eat Thanksgiving dinner in public to mitigate the chances of a tense family gathering erupting into an out-and-out brawl? Or just don't want to cook? Either reason is a valid one for ditching the tradition of frantically trying to defrost a turkey at midnight while rooting around in a bird's...ahem, cavity...for a neck and bag of giblets. Here are a selection of restaurants ready to welcome you with open arms (and, more important, food and drink) on Thursday, November 22. Make your reservations soon and have a happy, stress-free Thanksgiving!

click to enlarge Butternut squash and cider soup is on the Corner Office's Thanksgiving menu. - COURTESY THE CORNER OFFICE + MARTINI BAR
Butternut squash and cider soup is on the Corner Office's Thanksgiving menu.
Courtesy The Corner Office + Martini Bar
The Corner Office + Martini Bar
1401 Curtis Street
303-825-6500
Looking for the same experience you have when you eat a big meal at home (i.e., the chance to go back for seconds...and thirds...and fourths)? This Turkey Day buffet will have all your favorites — turkey and ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy — plus extras like cherry and apple cobbler and pumpkin cheesecake, all for just $45 per person or $14.95 for kids under twelve, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are available at the Corner Office website.

click to enlarge Crú's pumpkin mascarpone ravioli: Just like mom used to make. - ROBERT YU
Crú's pumpkin mascarpone ravioli: Just like mom used to make.
Robert Yu
Crú
1442 Larimer Street
303-893-9463

From noon to 9 p.m., the Larimer Square wine bar is luring in diners with pumpkin mascarpone ravioli, duck confit with wild mushrooms and polenta, filet mignon with truffle potato gratin, and seared scallops with apple butter and squash risotto...and, oh, yeah, some poultry dish. The $42 price tag includes a pour of hard cider, with plenty of other wine to add to the meal; reserve your table at Crú's website.

Death & Co.
1280 25th Street
720-330-2660

Stuff your face early — or late — at Death & Co., which will be serving its three-course, $50 prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Befitting its swanky location, the menu is a little luxe, with apples and endive marmalade, turkey with potato-parsnip purée in place of traditional mashers, brioche bread pudding, pumpkin tart with maple-pecan syrup and more. Call to reserve your table.

Departure
249 Columbine Street
720-772-5020

Departure's Thanksgiving menu is off the rails entirely — okay, not entirely. There's still turkey on the menu, but it's prepared with Chinese five-spice, and the rest of the prix fixe menu relies on the heavily Asian-inspired fare that's the restaurant's bread and butter. Except there's no bread and butter, either. There's Thai sausage cornbread, though, as well as Chinese short ribs, ginger and chili sweet potatoes, and chicken and galangal soup. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Call to reserve your dinner for $65 ($90 with wine and sake pairings).


The Fort Restaurant
19192 Highway 8, Morrison
303-697-4771

The Fort is so traditional it's historic, and its Thanksgiving dinner service is no exception. Starting at 11 a.m., turkey dinner with sausage and apple stuffing, maple-roasted yams and brandy-pumpkin pie will be served, along with a limited regular menu if you can't go even one day without a primal cut of red meat. Dinner will run you $45 and the little ones $29; call for reservations.

click to enlarge Celebrate Thanksgiving dinner in a booth that looks like that couch in your parents' basement. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Celebrate Thanksgiving dinner in a booth that looks like that couch in your parents' basement.
Danielle Lirette
Hearth & Dram
1801 Wewatta Street
303-623-0979

A Thanksgiving buffet has never been so tempting: Starting at 5 p.m., guests get a welcome cocktail in the gorgeous dining room, and at 7 p.m. the spread (including turkey, mac and cheese, stuffing, greens and cranberry sauce) goes live. Reservations for the dinner, $55, must be made no later than Tuesday, November 20, on Open Table.

Hideaway Steakhouse
2345 West 112th Avenue, Westminster
303-404-9939
This locally owned and operated steakhouse is opening its doors from noon until 8 p.m. to offer a three-course turkey or prime-rib dinner to diners in the northern suburbs — or anyone who wants a quality dinner without having to jockey for parking (the expansive space and parking lot proves there are some advantages to locations outside downtown Denver). The prix fixe menu costs $59.95, or order from the regular menu if fowl isn't fair to you. Reserve your seat by phone.

Hilton Denver Inverness
200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood
303-397-6411
For sheer impressiveness, nothing — nothing — can beat a hotel brunch buffet. Thanksgiving is no exception, as the oysters and shrimp will be piled high from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It may take you the full six hours to work your way through the antipasto, salads, seafood, bacon and sausage, waffle bar, omelet station, duck breast, sea bass, prime rib, brisket, turkey and nearly twenty desserts. Visit the Hilton's website for the epic menu, which will run you $61.95 (or $71.95 with bottomless mimosas).

click to enlarge Kachina's Thanksgiving table is set for you. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Kachina's Thanksgiving table is set for you.
Danielle Lirette
Kachina Cantina
1890 Wazee Street
720-460-2728
Staying true to its Southwestern roots, Kachina's Turkey Day menu (served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $24) includes all your favorites with a spicy and savory twist: roasted turkey marinated in achiote, green chile mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Mexican corn salad and Mexican chocolate pecan pie. And if even that's too traditional for your palate, try the taco plate (for $15) — because every day is a good day for tacos.


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