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Your Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver 2021

Your Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver 2021
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Sure, you could spend all day cooking an elaborate feast for Thanksgiving, but in Denver, you don't have to. Restaurants all over town are stepping up to make your holiday easier, with to-go options for everything from full meals to some of the best pies you've ever tasted. Or you can take it one step further and book a reservation at an eatery that's offering holiday meals in-house for 2021.

Either way, you get to skip all that cooking and get more time to enjoy with friends and family, which is something we all need after so many people had to skip or scale down celebrations last year. Here's your guide to the best Thanksgiving dinner options from Denver restaurants this year, to-go and dine-in.

Thanksgiving food to go:

Acreage
1380 Horizon Avenue Unit A, Lafayette
720-443-3007

Stem Ciders's Lafayette eatery is offering Thanksgiving take-home kits that feed four people and include roasted turkey and a variety of sides like potatoes au gratin, stuffing and green beans. Each kit is $200 and you can also add ciders and other beverages to your order. Non-alcoholic warm apple cider along with beer, spirits and cocktails are also available. Place your order online.


American Elm
4132 West 38th Avenue
720-749-3186

This Thanksgiving, you can order a pre-made dinner from American Elm to enjoy at home. Meals feed six people and cost $230. It includes a turkey, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole and you also have the option to add cocktail kits and bottles of wine to your order. Pre-order online by 5 p.m. on November 22 and the restaurant will contact you directly to schedule a pickup time.

The Bindery
1817 Central Street
303-993-2364

This LoHi eatery is offering both a full Thanksgiving dinner package that feeds eight to ten people ($400), complete with a whole roast turkey with gravy plus five sides, as well as additional a la carte sides and pies. Both are available for pickup on November 24 or 25 and must be pre-ordered online.

Blackbelly
1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder
303-247-1000

Blackbelly is offering pre-orders of fresh, pasture-raised organic turkeys starting at $7.99 per pound. You can also add on prepared sides like roast garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, house focaccia and sage stuffing, maple rosemary roasted carrots, a trio of pie options and more. Visit Blackbelly's butcher shop website page for details. To reserve a turkey, email [email protected]; to pre-order sides, sauces and pies, email [email protected] Pickup is available on November 22 and 23.

Bistro Vendôme
1420 Larimer Street
303-825-3232

Go French this year with charcuterie, confit duck leg, boeuf bourguignon, sides, soups and more, all available for pre-order and pick-up from this Larimer Square eatery. Orders must be placed online or by phone by November 19 for pick-up on November 23 or 24.


Bonanno Concepts
Various locations
Nine of restaurateur Frank Bonanno's concepts are offering to-go options for Thanksgiving. All can be pre-ordered online. Options include a $90/person full feast from Mizuna, a $250 meal for four to six that includes a whole smoked turkey from Russell's Smokehouse, a $50 Friendsgiving fried chicken meal for four from Lou's, appetizer options from Salt & Grinder, ready-to-cook cheese-stuffed burgers from Vesper and more.

Culture Meat & Cheese
2669 Larimer Street
303-292-2222

Bring the feast before the feast with a charcuterie board from this shop inside Denver Central Market. Each board includes four meats, three cheeses, fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, dried fruit, jam, pickled veggies and sliced baguette ($35.00 for medium or $45.00 for large). Order by phone at least 24 hours in advance.

Edible Beats
Various locations
The five restaurants of this hospitality group which include Root Down, Linger, El Five and Ophelia's are offering a collaborative Thanksgiving-at-home menu with vegan and gluten-free options. The traditional menu is offered at $48 per person and the vegan and gluten-free menu is $36 per person. Holiday pies are also available in a variety of flavors including rye whiskey pecan and classic pumpkin and can be ordered gluten-free. Pie orders must be placed by November 21 and all other orders by November 22 on Tock. They will available for pickup on November 23 or 24 from Linger.

Fox Run Café
3550 East Colfax Avenue
303-537-4584

The team at Fox Run Café has crafted a Thanksgiving menu full of sweet and savory options including pies, trifles, quiches and even house-made caramel corn. Prices range from $10-$36. Orders must be placed online by November 18 at 2 p.m.

Goed Zuur
2801 Welton Street
720-749-2709

This restaurant that specializes in sour beer and cheese is offering 16 inch platters with five cheeses, three meats, house made accompaniments and a whole baguette that feeds up to eight people for $50. You can also order its take, heat and serve package for four to six which includes a whole roasted duck with three house made sides and a whole pie for $160. Order online via Tock for pickup on November 24 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Guard and Grace
1801 California Street
303-293-8500

Take the stress out of Thanksgiving preparation with Guard and Grace's Thanksgiving boxes, wine and cocktail kits. Each box feeds six people and features a variety of options starting at $135. Wines are pre-selected by sommeliers and you can get three bottles for $99 or six bottles for $180. Cocktail kits are $140 each and make 16 cocktails. Order online by November 21 and pick up November 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
click to enlarge John Hinman hopes to sell 4,000 pies this Thanksgiving and will be donating a percentage of sales to CHOW. - JESSICA GRENIER
John Hinman hopes to sell 4,000 pies this Thanksgiving and will be donating a percentage of sales to CHOW.
Jessica Grenier

Hinman Pie
5604 Kendall Court, Arvada
John Hinman not only started CHOW, a nonprofit that is changing the conversation around hospitality and mental health, he also makes some damn good pies. Pre-order by November 23 to secure your Thanksgiving pies, which are available in both sweet varieties like pumpkin and salted maple as well as savory options like pork green chile and chicken pot pie. Ten perecent of pie sales through Thanksgiving will go to CHOW. Orders can be placed online and can be picked up in Arvada or at Rock Drill Lofts, 1777 East 39th Avenue, on November 23 or 24.

Izzio Bakery
720-381-0260
2669 Larimer Street

Located inside Denver Central Market, Izzio is offering a number of sweet treats for Thanksgiving this year, including cream cheese pumpkin queen (kouign-amann) drizzled with salted caramel, petite and large apple streusel and pumpkin queen pies with a caramelized and laminated crust, and individual pear frangipane tarts. Prices range from $4 to $30, and items can be pre-ordered in person or via phone.

The Local Butcher
2669 Larimer Street
303-297-3953
2242 Oneida Street
303-974-1020

Get a leg up on your turkey cooking with fresh, never frozen turkeys from Peterson Farm ($4.59 per pound) that the butchers at this shop will spatchcock for free upon request. Brining is also available for $15. Pre-order online, by phone or in person at either location. All pick-ups will take place at the Oneida Square location.

Mondo Market
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
303-248-3983

Located inside Stanley Marketplace, this market is offering full Thanksgiving meals for two to eight people. Meals include turkey and classic Thanksgiving sides as well as charcuterie boards to complement your meal. Turkey roasting and reheating instructions are included to make preparation easy and convenient. You also have the option to add take-and-bake breakfast items including quiche Lorraine, breakfast potatoes, and croissants. Place your order online or by phone. For more details, visit its website.

Nest at Nurture
2949 Federal Boulevard
303-390-1252

Nest at Nurture is offering gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free Thanksgiving desserts this year. Options include pumpkin cake for $48 or pecan pie for $34. Pre-order online by Sunday November 21 for pickup on November 22 through November 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 4 p.m.

Noble Riot
1336 27th Street
303-993-5330
Food gets all the attention on Thanksgiving, but nothing enhances the day quite like the perfect bottle of wine. Noble Riot has you covered with its Somm Packs. Choose from a variety of options including a Pet Nat Party Pack, a three-pack with a red, white and rosé, an all-orange wine lineup and more, starting at $65 and available to order online.

Olivia
290 South Downing Street
303-999-0395

Olivia is bringing back their holiday pie packages so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family. Chef Ty Leon’s pies are available in both sweet and savory options as are seasonal cocktails to-go. Each pie is $35 or you can order a family package that also includes a salad, wine and homemade soy candle. Pre-order on Tock for pickup on November 23 or 24.
Rioja
1431 Larimer Street
303-820-2282
Let pastry chef Eric Dale take care of the baked goods this year. Pie options include coconut cream, chocolate espresso silk and bourbon pecan ($35 each). You can also order a loaf of lavender sourdough bread ($12), focaccia ($12) and rosemary goat cheese biscuits ($12 per dozen). Orders must be placed online or by phone by November 20 for pick-up on November 24.

The Rotary
217 South Holly Street
303-537-5327
The Rotary, a locally owned rotisserie chicken restaurant, can do the cooking for you this year. Their Thanksgiving meal-to-go is $75 and serves four people. It includes chicken thighs, your choice of sides, salad, sauce, and an order of gluten-free pumpkin cookies. Order online and choose a pickup time for November 24th.

Ska Street Brewstillery
1600 38th Street, Boulder
720-510-9921

This joint brewery-distillery is offering smoked turkeys that come with your choice of four sides and one pie. Also included in each order is a cranberry and fig chutney and Colorado straight bourbon brown gravy. Pricing is $150 for four people and $175 for six people with an additional 20% discount on beer and spirits. Orders must be placed by phone by November 17th and will be available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Smok
3330 Brighton Boulevard
720-452-2487

Chef Bill Espiricueta at Smok is offering to-go barbecue to enjoy at home this Thanksgiving. You have the option of ordering a four-pound smoked turkey breast for $50 or a whole Thanksgiving meal for $75 which includes the bird along with sides like jalapeño cornbread and mashed potatoes. The meal feeds six to eight people and comes with reheating instructions for each item. You can also add Smok’s individual pecan pies to complete your meal. Orders must be placed by phone by November 18.

Steuben’s
523 E 17th Avenue
303-830-1001

Steuben’s is offering pre-ordering on house-made Thanksgiving pies this holiday season. You have the option of pumpkin chai pie ($30 each) or a spiced cherry cranberry galette ($35 each). Pies can be pre-ordered on Tock for pickup November 23 or 24.

West End Tavern
926 Pearl Street, Boulder
303-444-3535

West End Tavern is offering pre-orders for smoked turkeys that each come with cranberry sauce and brown gravy. Pickup is November 24 for cold birds and November 25 if you’re looking for a hot bird that’s ready-to-eat. Each turkey is 10-14 pounds and feeds six to eight people. Also available are pumpkin pies and large-batch cocktails to complement your feast. Place your order on Tock by 9 p.m. on November 17.

Whole Sol
Multiple locations

Whole Sol, known for its vegan dishes is offering a to-go vegan Thanksgiving dinner this year. You have the option of ordering a dinner for one or four to six people. The dinner includes vegan renditions of classic Thanksgiving dishes like green bean casserole and butternut squash and herb stuffing. Vegan and gluten-free desserts are available too, including classic pumpkin pie and cranberry tart. Every item on the menu is vegan, gluten-free and organic. Order online by November 22 at 8 a.m. and pickup at the Pearl Street and RiNo locations on November 24 or 25.
Restaurants open on Thanksgiving:

Apple Blossom
822 18th Street
303-301-8999
Apple Blossom, the new restaurant from Coperta chef/owner Paul Reilly, is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving menu beginning at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day. The menu is $48 per person and includes a variety of dishes including roasted turkey breast and confit leg, smoked gouda mashed potatoes and pie. Reservations can be made online and walk-ins are also welcome.

Citizen Rail

1899 16th Street
(303) 323-0017

Citizen Rail is offering a variety of options this Thanksgiving ranging from Wagyu beef tartar to smoked turkey breast and pumpkin and white chocolate mousse for dessert. Guests choose one starter, one entree, and one dessert to create a three-course meal at $75 per person. Reservations are available from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. or you have the option to pre-order a Thanksgiving meal to-go and 10 percent of all orders will be donated to No Kid Hungry.

Corinne
1455 California Street
720-996-1555

This restaurant inside Le Méridien Denver Downtown will be serving an elevated three-course prix fixe menu from 1 to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The meal is $74 per person ($28/person for kids under twelve) and includes apple maple pecan salad or butternut squash bisque to start. The entree is citrus and herb turkey breast roulade with cranberry, sausage and apple stuffing, chive whipped potatoes, green beans with pancetta and caramelized onions and sage-scented turkey jus. Choose from apple and cranberry cobbler with ice cream or bourbon pecan pie for dessert. The meal also includes one signature holiday cocktail or mocktail. Reservations can be made online.

The Fort
19192 CO-8, Morrison
303-697-4771

This historic restaurant housed in an adobe castle that's a replica of Bent's Fort is serving up a traditional turkey dinner complete with mashed potatoes, fire-roasted maple yams, sausage apple stuffing, cranberry relish and Gunny's brandied pumpkin pie for dessert. The cost is $48 for adults and $29 for children. Reservations are required; call or book your table online.

Great Scott's Eatery
1295 Cortez Street
303-428-3558
7510 US Highway 287, Broomfield
303-469-5291

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, this retro-styled diner will be open serving its full menu plus a full traditional Thanksgiving meal with dinner salad, turkey, yams, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie for $18.99.

Le Bilboquet
299 St. Paul Street
303-835-9999
This elegant French eatery in Cherry Creek will be serving a special three-course menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with entree choices such as traditional turkey or grilled langoustine as well as starters and desserts. The meal is $85 per person; a $30 special children's menu will also be available. Call or book on OpenTable to reserve your spot. Takeout orders are also available, and must be placed by 9 p.m. November 22.

Local Jones
249 Columbine Street
720-772-5022

Located inside Cherry Creek's Halcyon hotel, Local Jones will be serving a prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving day from 4 to 8 p.m. The menu will feature traditional Thanksgiving dishes including smoked turkey and stuffing as well as buttercup squash pie for dessert for $35 per person and reservations can be made online.

Panzano
909 17th Street
303-296-3525

Thanksgiving Day dine-in service at this downtown restaurant begins at 11 a.m. and guests will be sat until 5 p.m. Options include a Thanksgiving prefix menu or ordering from a limited Panzano menu. The Thanksgiving menu is $65 per person and includes three courses. The limited Italian menu also features a few options for each course. Guests are encouraged to call ahead and reserve a table.

Toro
150 Clayton lane Suite B
303-253-3000

Toro is offering a four-course Thanksgiving dinner with a Latin twist this year. The prix-fix menu includes one starter, soup, an entree with mashed potatoes and one dessert and costs $56 per person. It is also serving a limited dinner menu. Service will be available 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by phone.

Woodie Fisher
1999 Chestnut Place
720-643-1909
Woodie Fisher will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for dine-in on Thanksgiving, with a traditional menu complete with roasted turkey breast, crème fraîche whipped potatoes, porcini gravy, classic herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, chicory salad, dinner rolls and bourbon pecan pie for $65 per person. Reservations can be made on the restaurant's website. The meal is also available to go; order online by November 19 for pick-up on November 25.

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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
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