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For Thanksgiving, you want options. And turkey. Or maybe mushroom lentil loaf.
If whipping up a major meal from scratch just isn’t in the cards this year, well, then, we’re here to help. Or, rather, some restaurants will be there to help.
Whether you want to let the professionals do all the cooking, decorating and serving at a restaurant, pick up something delicious to eat at home, or have your turkey dinner with all the fixings delivered straight to your door, there’s a place willing to provide. Below, some options for eating well on Thanksgiving Day without all the stress.
Citizen Rail has a four-course menu featuring turkey roulade, lamb and marrow meat pie and, as an add-on, 66-day dry-aged steaks. (Sixty-six days is how long it took the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic. They’re really thinking about this.) $75/person, 12-8 p.m. 1899 16th St., Denver, 303-323-0017; citizenrail.com
Vegans will appreciate Vital Root’s vegan, gluten-free pickup Thanksgiving dinner. (Mushroom lentil loaf and coconut bacon are involved.) $25/person; orders must be in Nov. 20 for Nov. 22 pickup. 3915 Tennyson St., Denver, 303-474-4131; vitalrootdenver.com
Go traditional at The Palm, where a three-course Thanksgiving menu is available from 12 to 8 p.m. (An a la carte menu is also available for non-turkey lovers.) $59/person, $24/kids under 12; 1672 Lawrence St., Denver (inside the Westin Downtown), 303-825-7256; thepalm.com
Boston Market has you covered if you don’t want to cook, but also don’t want to go out. Thanksgiving delivery orders are shipped frozen and ready to thaw, heat and serve. Order by Nov. 19; starting at $99.99 for a meal that serves 12. Bostonmarket.com
Get turkey, ham and all the fixings at The Corner Office’s Thanksgiving meal. $45/person, $20/kids under 12; 1401 Curtis St., Denver, 303-825-6500; thecornerofficedenver.com
When in Vail on Thanksgiving, head to the Four Seasons for the Thanksgiving buffet at Flame. In addition to conventional Turkey Day food, it will have a raw bar, pasta, paella and a carving station with honey-glazed suckling pig. Or order off its Thanksgiving To-Go menu ($175; serves 4-6 people) and bring it home. $110/person, $35/kids under 12, 2-9 p.m. 1 Vail Road, Vail, 970-477-8600; fourseasons.com/vail/
Who better to cook your turkey than the meat experts at The Fort? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, The Fort will offer a traditional three-course dinner and a limited menu with vegetarian and fish entrees. $45/person, $29/kids, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, 303-697-4771; thefort.com
Choose from prime rib, braised pork and, oh yeah, turkey at The Nickel’s three-course dinner. $75/person, $25/kids under 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1100 14th St., Denver (inside the Hotel Teatro), 720-889-2128; thenickeldenver.com
Boulder’s SALT pleases both vegetarians and carnivores with a plant-based dinner of cauliflower steak and cabbage shiitake bean cake as well as a classic turkey dinner. $65/person, $25/kids, 12-7 p.m. 1047 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-7258; saltthebistro.com
Do something different at Viewhouse Centennial’s Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet. Stuff yourself on pumpkin waffles, seafood towers and meat from the carving stations. Bonus: The Bloody Mary bar will prepare you for family gatherings later in the day. $36.95/person, $9.95/kids (free for 5 and under), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 7101 S. Clinton St., Centennial, 303-732-5289; viewhouse.com