Peking Duck Christmas Dinner from Ace Eat Serve in Uptown. (Provided by Ace Eat Serve)
For a price between $ 20 and $ 200, this year you and your friends can celebrate Christmas with a variety of vacation restaurant specialties. The 15 take-home packages that we have combined here are additional delicacies – instead of dining in person on Christmas Eve and during the day, many local restaurants pull out all the stops for their take-away celebrations.
They make a lot of ham, but also duck, veal, prime rib, short rib and more. They make intercultural meals with traditions from China, Mexico, Italy, West Africa and other countries represented on the plate.
Best of all, they have festive desserts and drinks galore. For just a few highlights, we recommend American Elm’s fancy champagne punch, egg liqueur from The Family Jones (see Edible Beats), sticky toffee pudding from Hickory & Ash and duck fat ice cream from Sage Restaurant Group.
Remember to call or get online as soon as possible as some places cut orders as early as Wednesday night and others just sell out quickly.
Ace Eat Serve (Uptown)
Chef Thach Tran’s entire Peking duck spread contains moo shu crepes, spring onions, cucumber, apricot and chilli sauce, and hoisin. On the side there is fried vegetable rice, green bean casserole, saag paneer and matcha tiramisu for dessert. ($ 149). For an extra treat, order the “Next Day Ramen Kit,” which includes instructions on how to make duck broth from your Christmas scraps and all of the ingredients – fresh noodles, poached eggs, bean sprouts, pickled ginger, and condiments ($ 18). aceeatserve.com/holidaypekingduck
American Elm’s feast consists of maple ham with brown sugar, smoked mac and cheese, mashed potatoes with browned butter sauce, Brussels sprouts and Christmas cookies. (Provided by American Elm)
American elm (highlands)
At this North Denver location, every option is covered to complete your home professional vacation dinner. You can order an entire feast of brown maple sugar ham, smoked mac and cheese, mashed potatoes with browned butter sauce, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas cookies ($ 135). Or you can order just the side dishes ($ 10-20 each) or just the candy (from $ 15). The party really starts with a selection of festive cocktails – champagne punch ($ 110), eggnog ($ 30), and an alpine Manhattan cocktail kit ($ 55). amelm.com
The Christmas dinner at the Barolo Grill consists of braised veal knuckle, lobster salad, truffle potato gratin and much more. (Provided by Barolo Grill)
Barolo Grill (Cherry Creek)
This Italian Denver institution’s Christmas meal features braised shank of veal, lobster salad, roasted cauliflower, truffle potato gratin, creamed spinach, and kale and gingerbread spice cakes ($ 80 per person). Don’t forget to check out the award-winning wine list to add individual bottles or three-bottle packs of your favorite styles. exploretock.com/barologrilldenver/
Chef Zorba (Congress Park)
The 40-year-old Greek restaurant serves a Christmas dinner of a baked ham on the bone, two liters each of baked potatoes and roasted vegetables, a feta and walnut salad, a dozen buns, and a liter of pineapple bread pudding ($ 129.95) for the family or $ 17.95 for a custom meal). chefzorbas.com
Short rib Christmas dinner and side dishes from Edible Beats restaurants in Denver. (Lucy Beaugard, provided by Edible Beats)
Edible Beats (Multiple)
Restaurants like Root Down, Linger, and El Five have teamed up to serve three options for Christmas dinner: turkey, ham, or short ribs with a few side dishes ($ 65 per person). The group also offers dinner for two for $ 180, which includes a bottle of wine, eggnog, scones for Christmas morning, and the cookbook, The Edible Beat. See also cakes, cinnamon rolls, and a kid’s biscuit decoration set that sells a la carte. exploretock.com/rootdowndenver
Guard and Grace (Downtown)
Tag restaurants are joining forces this year and preparing family Christmas dishes in downtown Denver at the Guard and Grace Steakhouse. You start by choosing a main course – pork loin with bone, pork loin and glazed ham, prime rib with au jus or beef fillet with demi-ice cream. Then you get all the sides – pork belly and cornbread filling, cipollini onion sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, roasted carrots, winter salad, house rolls, and triple chocolate chip cookies and chocolate peppermint tart for dessert ($ 199-245, just $ 119 ) for spreading pages or a la carte). tagrestaurantgroup.com
Hickory & Ash (Broomfield)
Families in the northern suburbs will appreciate the kid option that comes with this spread: Herb Crust Prime Rib with Au Jus, Baby Spinach Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Potato Gratin with French Onions, Parker House Rolls, and Sticky Toffee Pudding ($ 60 per person) plus kids meals for $ 8 each. Order at (720) 390-4400.
Skip the honey baking and indulge in Hop Alley’s smoked and braised Char Siu pork shoulder or the Chinese braised beef feed with black beans instead. Both come with pork dumplings, hot and sour soup, gai lan (Chinese broccoli), seasoned Sichuan potatoes, chopped lettuce, chilled tofu, and braised sour mustard greens ($ 200 for four to six people). hopalleydenver.com
The Festival of the Seven Fishes has a decades-long tradition at the Jax Fish Houses in Colorado. (Provided by Jax)
Jax Fish House (several)
The Festival of the Seven Pisces has been a decades-old Christmas Eve tradition at Jax, and you can order to have two taken home this year. Frutti di mare, bagna cauda, rock clams, salt-baked bass, sweet potato gnocchi, and butterscotch budino make up the meal ($ 125). You can also opt for raw bar packets with oysters, prawns and crabs or order everything à la carte. jaxfishhouse.com
Le French (DTC)
The 4-course meal at this South Denver restaurant offers a choice of either a cream cheese, a sausage board, or a croustillant de lapin (rabbit, foie gras, and batter-wrapped beef feet). Next comes French onion soup, curry pumpkin soup or a beet and berry salad. The main options are salmon with potato and truffle emulsion, duck leg confit, filet mignon with foie gras (additional USD 12), or gniiri (vegan and gluten-free) with creamed corn flour, peanuts and black-eyed peas. For dessert: chocolate mousse or crêpes suzette. $ 75 per person, order at 720-710-8963.
The Christmas Eve special of Rosenberg’s bagels and delicacies on the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. (Ryan Achtman, provided by Rosenberg)
This Denver-based bagel shop takes the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food at Christmas on its head. Smoked salmon rangoons, Reuben spring rolls, hot and sour matzo ball soup, fried rice with Taylor ham, kung pao pastrami, duck lo mein, matcha bread pudding, fortune cookies, and Sherry’s Soda Shoppe vanilla ice cream are all $ 100 for two. A cocktail package can be added for an additional $ 60. rosenbergsbagels.com/cateringstanley
Sage restaurants (several)
Another duck festival and a resurrection of sorts, Sage Restaurants is bringing back its former Denver Departure restaurant and famous Peking duck dinner during the holiday season. That means whole roast duck with all the ingredients, including moo-shu pancakes, sour cherry and five spice, hoisin, cucumber, spring onion, and candied kumquat, and fried duck rice and duck fat blueberry ice cream ($ 105). You can order and view the other offers of the restaurant group at sagerestaurantstogo.com.
Christmas dinner was served at The Kitchen restaurants in Denver and Boulder. (Provided by the kitchen)
The kitchen (LoDo and Boulder)
The menu features a smoked ham dinner, a risotto dinner with root vegetables and a Christmas day brunch. Dinner has milk rolls, endive salad, twice-baked potato gratin, broccolini, and coconut cake ($ 125 to $ 175 for four to six people). The brunch package includes maple and cinnamon coffee cake, mushroom and leek quiche, a simple salad, and mimosa ($ 69.50). thekitchenbistros.com
Ultreia (Union Station)
Bored of all other traditions? Try a Spanish feast of tapas or canned fish. The tapas spread includes Iberico meatballs, figs stuffed with foie gras, jam and manchego, and more ($ 100 for two). The seafood mix consists of three different gourmet canned fish served with chips to dip and sauces to top, plus a bottle of cava ($ 100 for two). exploretock.com/ultreiadenver
Westwood Food Co-op (West Denver)
On Morrison Road in Rise Westwood, find homemade vacation tamales, available in packs of 6 or 12 ($ 18 or $ 30). Take them home for Christmas dinner, along with some Cultura Craft drinking chocolate ($ 5 to $ 20). These and other goodies are offered for sale within the community collective. risewestwoodcollective.com
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