Ten Alternative Options for Thanksgiving In and Around Denver

So you don't want to cook — or you just can't cook. We get it: Turkey is a tough bird to do right, and all those sides just mean more dishes to wash. Instead, head out on the town for some good grub from popular destinations like the Palm Restaurant or out-of-the-ordinary options like vegan buffets at Govinda's or the Dao House. Whether your wallet is empty or full, we've got you covered, from your morning coffee to that last piece of pumpkin pie.

Dao House

6120 Highway 7, Estes Park
If your Thanksgiving weekend plans include a trip to the mountains, consider lunch at this wellness and events center that combines Rocky Mountain lodge ambience with Eastern tranquility. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $32 (or $14 for kids ages four to eleven) will land you an all-you-can-eat buffet of local organic turkey and traditional sides. But that's not all. Vegan entrees and sides are also part of the buffet, so you can eat meatless with baked squash with spinach pesto or roasted tofu with Brussels sprouts.

East Side Kosher Deli

499 South Elm Street
The East Side Kosher Deli has long been a favorite spot for the wide variety of kosher foods from its deli, market and restaurant. Thanksgiving is no exception: Shoppers can choose from family-style or à la carte menus of turkey and all the traditional trimmings to take home. The restaurant itself will be open through lunch with its regular menu.

Henry's Tavern
500 16th Street
Holiday travelers and downtown residents have a Thanksgiving dinner option on the 16th Street Mall, as Henry's is offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8 p.m., with turkey, sweet potatoes, brown-butter mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, green-bean casserole and pan gravy for $29.95 for adults and just $7.95 for kids twelve and under. The tavern will also offer its regular menu.

Govinda's Garden Cafe
1400 Cherry Street

Vegans need a Turkey Day option too, even if turkey isn't on the table. Govinda's is serving its annual Gentle Thanksgiving all-you-can eat buffet from noon to 5 p.m. Options include tofu turkey with stuffing, lentil apple loaf, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, and many other plant-based sides in the holiday tradition — and there's even vegan pumpkin-pecan pie. The base price is $18.95, but kids and seniors over 65 get a discount.

Palm Restaurant
1672 Lawrence Street

Enjoy a posh, old-school, three-course Thanksgiving meal at the Palm from noon to 8 p.m. Each of the three courses has several options, including baby kale salad or roasted butternut squash soup for the first course; slow-roasted turkey with a variety of side dishes for the second course; and pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. Dinner is $59 per person or $24 for children ages six to twelve — and free for children five and under. The Palm's regular dinner menu will also be served; reservations are recommended.

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