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Thanksgiving this year is likely to take the form of intimate dinners rather than massive gatherings, so the way you prepare for it could also change. Fortunately, Denver restaurants, bakeries and markets are ready for you, whether you plan on cooking at home, grabbing a fully prepared meal to eat in your own dining room (or in front of the TV), or heading off to enjoy full service (outdoors only, now that metro Denver is Level Red and dining indoors at a restaurant is prohibited). We’ve got plenty of ideas for pre-order pies and other desserts, full turkey to cook yourself or simply slice and serve, and lavish meals from the city’s top restaurants.
Because COVID-19 rules are changing quickly, check with the restaurant to make sure the offers still stand…and that it hasn’t already sold out of its Thanksgiving offerings.
In the meantime, here are dozens of ideas for your Thanksgiving (we’ll add to this list as we hear of other deals):
That cookie looks like pumpkin pie!
Courtesy of Project Angel Heart
Project Angel Heart
Every year, Project Angel Heart, which provides medically tailored meals to those living with life-threatening illnesses, cranks up the dessert sales with its fall Pie in the Sky fundraiser. This year, the pandemic made it too difficult to source enough pies, so the fundraiser is now called Cookie in the Sky. Order a box of autumn-themed frosted sugar cookies for $30 at pieintheskycolorado.org; proceeds from each box sold will help the organization prepare and deliver three-plus meals to Project Angel Heart clients. You have until November 16 to get your order in for pick-up on November 19 at one of several locations.
4132 West 38th Avenue
This West Highland eatery recently launched its Elm at Home online store to make it easier for you to order complete meal kits with different dishes each week. Included in this month’s offerings is a full Thanksgiving feast, with a fourteen- or twenty-pound turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, biscuit stuffing, gravy and an optional pumpkin pie with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce. The dinners start at $125 (depending on turkey size and other add-ons) and will be available for pick-up from noon to 9 p.m. on November 25 or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 26, if you order by November 23. Add-ons include cocktails and wines by the bottle.
Barolo Grill has the duck and sides; you provide the plate and the fireplace.
Courtesy of Barolo Grill
3030 East Sixth Avenue
The upscale Italian favorite has a Thanksgiving package to go for $60 per person. Each order (sold in even numbers only) includes Barolo Grill-style braised duck, truffle mac and cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts and delicata squash with toasted hazelnuts, rosemary and garlic roasted marble potatoes, and pumpkin budino with whipped mascarpone and spiced pumpkin seeds. Get your order in by noon on November 20 for pick-up between 2 and 5 p.m. on November 25. For curbside service, include the make and model of your car. Call or order online.
1817 Central Street
Chef Linda Hampsten Fox and her team at the Bindery have several Turkey Day dinners for groups of two to ten people, plus lots of baked goods, sides and booze, whether you’re supplementing your own cooking or going all out with choices from the restaurant’s online Thanksgiving menu. Choose from a wide range of pies, specialty desserts, cookies, rolls, breads and wines by the bottle. Pre-order until Sunday, November 22, by phoning the Bindery. There’s even a vegetarian option.
1420 Larimer Street
Bistro Vendôme has several options for Thanksgiving snacks and meals. There’s a charcuterie platter, a cheese platter and butternut squash bisque or French onion soup, plus three entrees (beef or duck in two different styles), plenty of sides and two desserts. Order on Tock or call the restaurant by Friday, November 20, for pick-up on November 24 or 25.
1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder
If you’re roasting a whole bird, consider picking one up from Blackbelly’s butcher counter. The organic, pasture-raised Peterson Farm turkeys are selling for $7.99 per pound and are available in small, medium and large sizes. Email [email protected] or call 303-247-1000 to reserve. There are also chocolate pecan or brown-butter salted maple pumpkin pies available; contact [email protected] for pie orders. Blackbelly’s sister restaurant, Santo (1265 Alpine Avenue, Boulder), is doing up several sides that you can also pre-order, including chipotle roasted sweet potatoes, crema Mexicana green chile whipped potatoes, red chile whipped butter, sweet dinner rolls by the dozen and the same pies as Blackbelly. Email [email protected] to order.
Bubby Goober’s Baked Goods specializes in personal pies.
Courtesy of Bubby Goobers
Bubby Goober’s Baked Goods
5701 East Eighth Avenue
Online pie shop Bubby Goober’s is named for the nicknames of its two owners, and while it’s a little goofy, the bakers are serious about their desserts — and they’re taking Thanksgiving orders until Sunday, November 15. The five-inch pies come in salted caramel apple, butterscotch pumpkin, pear bourbon, cherry amaretto, Black & Bluebarb (blackberry, blueberry and rhubarb) and winter fruit. All can be requested gluten-free, and there’s also vegan rosemary apple or pear with a chai crumble. Since the pies are small, there’s a minimum order of six pies for pick-up ($25) or twelve for delivery ($50). All orders will be ready for pick-up or delivery by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. Send your order requests to [email protected] See Bubby Goober’s website for details and pricing on delivery and gluten-free and vegan pies.
CRU Food & Wine Bar
1442 Larimer Street
CRU is offering a three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu that starts with a flute of Angry Orchard rosé cider. Dinner starts at $41 per person (or half that for kids twelve and under). Reserve early since CRU has limited capacity, or get your dinner to go, which will include butternut squash bisque, Caesar salad, turkey breast with all the fixings, and pumpkin cheesecake or apple and pecan bread pudding for dessert. Takeout packages for two people are $80, or $150 for four.
You can go meatless for Thanksgiving, thanks to Vital Root.
Edible Beats Restaurants
Root Down, Linger and El Five are teaming up to offer Thanksgiving takeout dinners with Barber’s all-natural turkey as the star. Rather than just roasting whole birds, the restaurants are preparing the legs as turkey confit (cured and slow-cooked in duck fat), while the breasts will be brined, roasted and basted with herb compound butter. For $41 per person, you’ll also get to choose from Yukon Gold and cauliflower mashed potatoes or sweet-potato Dauphinoise, plus cornbread stuffing with Spanish chorizo, apples, chestnuts and shiitake mushrooms. See the full menu and order on Tock. Order by Sunday, November 22, for pick-up at Root Down, 1660 West 33rd Avenue, on November 24 or 25. There are plenty of boozy add-ons available, as well as pies, and if you order at least three pies, you’ll get a free Edible Beats cookbook. For vegans, there’s a separate menu available from Vital Root, 3915 Tennyson Street. The cost is $35 per person for orders placed by Sunday, November 22, for pick-up on November 25.
Everything, including Thanksgiving, is better with bacon.
Courtesy of the Empire Lounge & Restaurant
The Empire Lounge & Restaurant
816 Main Street, Louisville
This Louisville favorite has a complete takeout Thanksgiving meal that will serve four to six people for $80. Call or order online by November 22 for pick-up on November 25. The dinner includes bacon-wrapped turkey (you’ll get a mix of white and dark meat), Italian sausage stuffing, Empire mashers, whipped bourbon candied-pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salad, and Parker House rolls with whipped cinnamon apple butter. Add pie and ice cream for $20.
900 East Hampden Avenue, Englewood
Englewood’s all-in-one restaurant, farm and market is offering a Thanksgiving meal for four or eight people as well as à la carte selections to let you customize your Turkey Day. Order by noon on November 19, then choose a pick-up time on November 25 or 26. The full dinner includes a twelve-pound turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green beans, salad and pumpkin pie. Use the Feedery’s online menu to order; call the restaurant for details.
The ART Hotel’s fourth-floor restaurant has takeout and in-house (outside) Thanksgiving dinner options, depending on whether you’re staying home or going out. Fire’s holiday menu, served Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $65 per person, comprises crispy Brussels sprouts, a choice of roasted acorn squash soup or roasted carrot salad, herb-roasted turkey or butternut ravioli with dried cranberries, candied walnuts, Swiss chard and butter crème. And of course there’s pumpkin or pecan pie. If you’re taking dinner home, $90 will land a meal for two of roasted acorn squash soup, turkey with sage stuffing and glazed yams, traditional pumpkin pie, and a bottle of Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you’re doing your own cooking this year but need a little inspiration, here’s a scalloped corn recipe from Fire chef Michael Wright. Call or visit the restaurant’s website for details, reservations and pre-order information.
5604 Kendall Court, Arvada
Pies are the specialty at John Hinman’s bakery, and he has a wide variety to choose from for your Thanksgiving table. Check out the bakery’s pre-order menu, which includes full-sized pies and hand pies in cherry, apple, blueberry, pumpkin, toffee pecan or salted maple. Prices range from $13 to $30; order as soon as possible for pick-up on November 24 or 25 (or sooner, since frozen pies are also available). If you order now, 5 percent of the total on apple, cherry, pumpkin and salted maple pies will be donated to Project Angel Heart.
900 Walnut Street, Boulder
Jill’s has a complete carryout Thanksgiving dinner, including three courses, dessert and wine for two people, for $98 plus tax and service fee. Call between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from now to November 20 to order yours for pick-up on November 25. See the complete menu on the restaurant’s website.
Le Bilboquet has a French-inspired Turkey Day spread.
Courtesy of Le Bilboquet
1890 Wazee Street
Go Southwestern for Thanksgiving with Kachina’s in-house or takeout dinner, which will be served at the restaurant from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The $26 special comes with roasted achiote turkey (dark and white meat), garlic green beans, cranberry sauce, traditional stuffing, brown gravy, fire-roasted corn and whipped sweet potatoes. Add pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream for $8, and don’t forget to order an apple spice margarita. Call or visit Kachina’s website for reservations; the restaurant will also be serving its regular menu.
299 St. Paul Street
Cherry Creek’s posh French restaurant will serve a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $75 per person. Start with venison terrine or soupe de poisson, then pick your entree; you’ll have a choice of Cajun chicken or a traditional turkey with stuffing and Pommery mustard and tarragon butternut squash. Dessert choices include chocolate pot de crème and pumpkin cheesecake. Le Bilboquet will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the complete menu will be available for dine-in, takeout or delivery. All regular menu items are also available for takeout or delivery (except the pan-seared foie gras). Call or book reservations online.
4901 Newport Street
Le French has a handful of takeout side dishes to accompany your turkey, including duck fat potato confit, haricots verts with bacon, roasted vegetables and regular or sweet-potato purée. Each come in 12-, 14- or 48-ounce containers. If you don’t want to deal with your own bird, the restaurant also has duck leg confit with champagne sauce (in orders of two or four legs). Call to order by 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, for pick-up on November 25.
The Local Butcher
2669 Larimer Street (inside the Denver Central Market), 303-297-3953
2242 Oneida Street, 303-974-1020
Cook your own bird from the Local Butcher, which is selling fresh (never frozen) turkeys from Peterson Farm for $4.22 per pound. The shop will spatchcock the birds for free upon request. Turkeys can be ordered online, in person at either location or by phone.
Lou’s Food Bar
701 Grant Street
For a casual, turkey-free Friendsgiving, Lou’s has a $50 special for four, which you can pick up Wednesday, November 25, or after Thanksgiving from November 27 to 29. The package includes a whole fried chicken in your choice of spice level, mac and cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts, coleslaw, fried okra, tater tots, waffle fries and housemade pumpkin pie gelato. Order in advance on Tock.
1800 Wazee Street
Restaurateur Frank Bonanno’s food hall has a DIY Thanksgiving kit that will serve six people for $250. The meal package comes with cooking and reheating instructions and includes ready-to-cook marinated turkey, turkey gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese, cranberries, stuffing, green bean casserole, French bread with garlic butter and a choice of several pies. Order on Tock for pick-up on November 25.
225 East Seventh Avenue
For $75 per person, Mizuna promises a decadent Thanksgiving dinner to take home. Order on Tock for pick-up on November 25; the package includes herb-roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, sage gravy, mushroom and foie gras stuffing, duck fat-roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables and personal pies.
Morin is back with a take-home Thanksgiving feast.
Courtesy of Morin
1600 15th Street
While Morin isn’t currently open to customers, chef Max MacKissock has designed a French-themed Thanksgiving take-home feast. The classics are all there: turkey, sides and pie, or you can choose from items such as charcuterie platters, shrimp cocktail or baked Crème de Citeaux cheese en croûte, plus a generous selection of wines and cocktails. Pre-order on Tock for pick-up or delivery, with packages starting at $40 per person.
711 Grant Street
Luca does Italian, so skip the turkey and get porchetta, three-cheese cavatelli, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie cheesecake. A $95 order serves two and can be picked up at the restaurant on November 25. Place your order on Tock.
222 Milwaukee Street
Enjoy a chef-prepared Thanksgiving meal from Narrative in your own home. Get garlic-and-thyme-rubbed turkey breast, sangria cranberry sauce, chorizo cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, black truffle gravy, kale salad and parmesan-rosemary drop biscuits, all for $160, which will serve four to six people. Suggested wine bottles will also be available. Order by emailing [email protected] by 6 p.m. on November 24 for pick-up at the restaurant on November 25.
Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street
Oak at Fourteenth is having a bake sale, so you can score pies, bread and booze for your Thanksgiving table. Call to order apple or pumpkin pie ($25), sourdough loaves ($10) and party punch ($35, serves four people) for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25. Orders must be in by Sunday, November 22.
Relive this Food Network Thanksgiving meal.
Courtesy of the Food Network
1431 Larimer Street
Rioja chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski once appeared on the Food Network’s Thanksgiving Challenge, where she cooked up a feast that looked so good it made viewers long to be in the studio for a bite. Now Rioja’s culinary team is re-creating a large portion of that feast, which you can order for pick-up. The meal kit comes prepared for easy heating and serving (detailed instructions are included). Here’s what you’ll get for $45 per person: pomegranate-apple-endive salad with fennel -seed vinaigrette; stuffed turkey leg with turkey apricot sausage and oven-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy; moscato and rosemary glazed turnips, cipollini onions, yams and haricot verts; pine nut-sage bread pudding; and bourbon pecan pie. There are also many add-ons available, from biscuits to a special holiday canned cocktail. Order online by Friday, November 20, to schedule a pick-up on November 24 or 25.
1422 Larimer Street
Once you’ve had smoked turkey for Thanksgiving, you’ll never go back to an oven-roasted bird. Russell’s Smokehouse is there for you with a $240 package that serves four to six people. You’ll get smoked turkey, garlic whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, dinner rolls, baked mac and cheese, apple-cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, braised collard greens, and a choice of apple, maple-bourbon pumpkin or salted caramel pecan pies. Order on Tock for pick-up the morning of Thursday, November 26.
River Bear Butchery (at Leever’s Locavore)
2630 West 38th Avenue
River Bear American Meats has a wide range of holiday meats, including fresh Ferndale Market turkeys for $3.99 per pound (or frozen for $2.99), Nueske’s spiral sliced ham for $8.99 per pound, and River Bear pork sausages (so you can make your own sausage stuffing) for $6.99 per pound. Call ahead or order in person.
Salt the Bistro
1047 Pearl Street, Boulder
Salt is closing up shop for the winter at the end of this month, but you can still get in on Thanksgiving dinner at the Pearl Street eatery from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The multi-course meal is $75 per person (or $75 for two for takeout). If you’re taking your dinner home, be sure to call in your order by Monday, November 23. Reservations for in-house dining can be made online or over the phone.
Sanctuary 4 All Families
The nonprofit organization is offering a pick-up dinner cooked by immigrant members if you order by November 22. Options include a full turkey dinner for $75, chicken pozole verde for $12, gelatina dessert for $25 and fruit punch for $10. See the organization’s Facebook page for food details; order at solidaritythanksgiving.paperform.co. You’ll receive the pick-up location upon completion of the form for pick-up at noon on November 26.
This Denver breakfast favorite is offering two Thanksgiving brunch kits for pick-up. Choose the egg casserole kit or brioche French toast kit. Both kits come with all the ingredients for each dish, plus instructions, fruit salad, green salad and a pack of Tender Belly bacon. Place your order online for pick-up at a Snooze near you from now through November 28.
Stoic & Genuine
1701 Wynkoop Street
If you’re looking for seafood-themed Thanksgiving options to bring home to your family, Stoic & Genuine has multiple options for raw bar and crudo appetizers from shrimp cocktail to whole Maine lobster; hot and cold appetizers including oysters, cornbread, crab cakes and more; and main dishes of squash ravioli, steak Oscar or a seafood boil. Pre-order on Tock or by phone by November 22 for pick-up on November 24 or 25.
The Table Public House
2190 South Platte River Drive
The Table is a food-security organization centered on community gardening; it’s hosting a buy-one, give-one turkey meal package so you can enjoy good food while helping others do the same. Visit Eventbrite for the details and to order your meal; 100 take-and-bake dinners will be available for $20 per person, and 100 more will be given away, so you can choose the option that best fits your needs. Pick-up will be at the Table’s headquarters between 10 a.m. and noon on November 26.
1889 16th Street
This downtown Italian eatery from the team behind Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine has a Thanksgiving dinner kit, plus wine and cocktail pairings to make your feast a little more merry. The kits are $250 each and serve six people (with leftovers guaranteed) and include a sixteen-pound free-range Green Circle turkey (which comes brined and ready to roast in a disposable pan), mashed potatoes, focaccia stuffing, roasted vegetables with Calabrian chili honey, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. Whole pies for $25 each, cicchetti kits and other add-ons are also available, and the restaurant encourages you to call and ask about wine pairings from the extensive cellar. Pre-order on Tock by Sunday, November 15, for pick-up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on November 24 or 25. Instructions are included for everything that needs to be cooked and/or heated.
Courtesy of Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge
Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge
150 Clayton Lane
A Latin-inspired Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The four-course dinner offers a choice of several appetizers, entrees and sides, plus sweet corn pie for dessert. Call the restaurant or visit its website to reserve. The prix fixe, dine-in menu is priced at $45 per person plus tax and gratuity, and also includes a Cava welcome toast. Additionally, Toro Denver will be serving a limited regular à la carte menu as well on Thanksgiving Day.
Urban Farmer Denver
1659 Wazee Street
Visit Urban Farmer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving for a four-course feast for $75 per adult (and $25 per child under twelve). The main course is Colorado-raised turkey, but you’ll also get beet salad, cavatelli carbonara, cranberry-orange marmalade, cornbread stuffing and apple-crisp crostada. Other protein options include roasted chicken or salmon. There’s also a carry-out option that will feed six to eight people for $300. Order by November 20 for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving. This will include a twelve-to-fourteen-pound turkey, family-style sides and other trimmings and dessert. Visit Urban Farmer’s website for complete menu details for both options.
The Wolf’s Tailor
4058 Tejon Street
Id Est Hospitality, which runs the Wolf’s Tailor, Bruto, Basta and Dry Storage, is selling dinner rolls, naturally leavened breads and pies made with heirloom grain crusts for Thanksgiving. Select your pick-up time on November 25 and order and pay on Tock. If you live closer to Boulder, you can also request pick-up at Basta at 3601 Arapahoe Avenue.
Know of more interesting Thanksgiving options? Send information to [email protected]
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