Thinking of not cooking this Thanksgiving? More power to you. You have a world of options for places to dine out on Thanksgiving these days, including some unconventional meals. But if you’re looking for your typical turkey-gravy-stuffing fare, we’ve compiled the best of them for you.
Here are eight restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Denver, plus two baking pies for you to pair with beer or wine (see below) or try to pass off as your own (just a thought).
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The Kitchen restaurants in Denver and Boulder are hosting Thanksgiving at $65 for adults and $22 for kids 12 and under. The menu: Starters of prosciutto, burrata, pickles and more; roasted turkey or delicata squash; chestnut and oyster mushroom dressing; dinner rolls; Brussels sprouts; sweet potatoes; Dutch apple pie; and pumpkin cheesecake.
1560 Wazee St., 303-623-3127; 1039 Pearl St., 303-544-5973; thekitchenbistros.com
A three-course ($75) menu at the Kimpton Hotel Born’s Citizen Rail offers dish options like Dungeness crab and carrot soup, 66-day dry-aged ribeye and pumpkin chocolate pie.
From 12:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1899 16th St. at Kimpton Hotel Born, 303-323-0017, citizenrail.com
The new Woodie Fisher at the Hilton Garden Inn Union Station is serving a family-style meal for $75 or a three-course meal for $35/person. The first serves families of 4-6 and includes turkey roulade, mashed potatoes, biscuits, cranberry sauce, mushroom gravy, chicory salad, pork sausage stuffing and pecan pie. The second starts with chicory salad, continues with turkey and all the sides, and ends with pie.
From 2:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1999 Chestnut Pl. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 720-643-1909, woodiefisher.com
PIE BREAK: Israeli restaurant Safta offers holiday pies now through Dec. 25, so the pie-eating can continue right on through Christmas. Flavors are apple baharat, heirloom pumpkin, sweet potato and Bourbon pecan ($25-$30). You can also buy salted caramel and vanilla whipped cream to put on top by the half-pint ($5).
Orders can be placed with 48 hours’ notice at http://bit.ly/SaftaHolidayPies
Now back to dinners: The Nickel is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal ($69 for adults, $29 for children) with roasted pumpkin bisque, spiral ham, apple cobbler and more options (including vegetarian dishes). Wine pairings are also available for $35.
Reservations from 1:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1100 14th St. at Hotel Teatro, 720-889-2128, thenickeldenver.com
A Friendsgiving feast ($65) at Hearth & Dram starts with cocktails and appetizers, continues with a buffet of smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and more, and ends with pumpkin spice cheesecake, pecan pie and muddy buddy Chex mix for dessert.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting around 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 1801 Wewatta St. at the Hotel Indigo, 303-623-0979, hearthanddram.com
PIE BREAK: Local Long i Pies can be found around Denver this Thanksgiving season for pie and alcohol pairing events. Yep. On Nov. 23-24, you’ll find them at Denver Beer Co.’s two taprooms, where four pies can be paired with four beers for $20 pre-sale ($25 at the door). On Nov. 25, they’re at Infinite Monkey Theorem (three pies, three wines). The last two events are at Stem Ciders and Ratio Beerworks on Nov. 26 and 27, respectively.
More information on thelongipie.com/events
Colorado-raised turkeys are at the center of Urban Farmer‘s pre-fixe Thanksgiving meal, which also includes braised beef pie, cauliflower steak, roasted yams, cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts and pumpkin crème brulee (all for $75/adults and $25/kids 12 and under).
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at The Oxford Hotel, 1659 Wazee St., 303-262-6070, urbanfarmerdenver.com
For a more Italian-style Thanksgiving, Panzano at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is making three courses ($60) with butternut squash soup, Caesar salad, prosciutto-stuffed turkey, cacio e pepe potatoes, Tuscan bread stuffing, Calabrian cranberry sauce, roasted heirloom beans, pancetta gravy and “pumpkinmisu” for dessert.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at Kimpton Hotel Monaco, 909 17th St., 303-296-3525, panzano-denver.com
And because you’ll want two Italian-style Thanksgivings to choose from: Liberati osteria and oeno-brewery is preparing a five-course, family-style dinner for $60. It starts with pizza and continues with ragu and puttanesca. It gets more American toward the center, but finishes with “Italian-style” pumpkin chocolate roll and Chef Marta’s apple oenopie (which is Latin, not Italian, and means wine).
11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2403 Champa St., 303-862-5652, https://bit.ly/2qUvYow
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