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A Thanksgiving meal at the Kitchen. Photo by Rachel Adams

5280’s Guide to Thanksgiving 2019 in Denver and Boulder

Whether you’re hosting or opting to dine out this year, here’s where to pick up prepared feasts, birds, and pies or make a reservation.

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All foodies know that this month’s holiday is when you bake pies, brine big birds, and do endless rounds of dishes, all for the sake of feeding your loved ones. But what if you, well, don’t want to? We say there’s no shame in taking a break from cooking this year by going out for Thanksgiving dinner or having the meal—or even just dessert—prepared for you, especially when there are so many delicious options available on the Front Range. Here are 34 restaurants, butchers, grocers, and bakeries from Boulder to Denver that are more than happy to do the work for you.

Where to Make a Reservation

Courier Market | Bar | Kitchen

1750 Welton St.
The deal: Three-course plated dinner, available from 12–9 p.m. on November 28
What’s for dinner: Carrot soup or kale-and-apple salad followed by a choice of smoked turkey with sage and brown butter gravy or herb-and-peppercorn-crusted prime rib; butternut squash ravioli is the vegetarian option. All meals come with mashed Kennebec potatoes, green bean casserole, praline sweet potatoes, and apple and cranberry stuffing.
Pies: No pie, but choose from pumpkin chocolate bread pudding or apple galette for dessert
Price(s): $38 for adults; $12 for children
Deadline: Call 303-603-4171 for reservations.

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Former Saint Craft Kitchen & Taps

Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St.
The deal: An upscale buffet, served from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Start with local butternut squash soup, a green salad with cornbread croutons, and a chilled seafood platter. Then head to the carving station for the honey citrus slow-roasted turkey or other proteins including prime rib, short ribs, salmon, and pork loin. For sides, there’s orange-tarragon-glazed carrots, glazed Garnet sweet potatoes, herb and apple stuffing, and whipped potatoes. Pair it all with hot apple cider.
Pies: The buffet features a whole table devoted to traditional holiday pies.
Price(s): $50 for adults; $17 for children ages five–12; children four and under eat for free
Deadline: Call 303-486-4434 for reservations.

The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

1401 Curtis St.
The deal: A homestyle Thanksgiving buffet served from 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. on  November 28 (from 6–11 a.m., the restaurant will be open for breakfast)
What’s for dinner: Appetizers include butternut squash and apple cider soup, plus three different salads, including roasted beets with goat cheese. The main spread will feature roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham carving stations, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, glazed yams, cranberry sauce, and rolls.
Pies: Pumpkin whoopie pie, plus spiced chocolate cupcakes and cheesecake truffles
Price(s): $55 for adults; $18 for kids under 12
Deadline: Book a table online or call 303-825-6500 for reservations.

Panzano

909 17th St.
The deal: Enjoy Italian spins on Thanksgiving classics from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Executive chef Logan Stephenson will provide guests with all of the leftover fixings to create a sandwich at home, along with a personalized recipe card highlighting his own favorite post-turkey day sandwich.
What’s for dinner: Butternut squash soup and grilled Caesar salad to start; prosciutto-stuffed turkey for the main; and cacio e pepe potatoes, Tuscan bread stuffing, Calabrian cranberry sauce, roasted heirloom beans, and pancetta gravy on the side.
Pies: No pie—dessert is Pumpkinmisu, with a joconde sponge cake, pumpkin mascarpone, amaretti crumble, and candied walnuts
Price(s): $60 per person
Deadline: Call 303-296-3525 for reservations.

Fire Restaurant

The ART, a Hotel, 1201 Broadway
The deal: Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
What’s for brunch: Start with family-style canapés, then dig into harvest squash ravioli or lobster bisque and oven-roasted turkey with pan gravy or herb-crusted prime rib, as well as whipped potatoes and candied yams.
Pies: Pumpkin, pecan, and various holiday tortes
Price(s): $65 for adults, $28 for kids ages five to 13 (children under five eat free); pair with bottomless mimosas for an additional $20
Deadline: Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 720- 709-4431.

Charcoal Bistro

1028 S. Gaylord St.
The deal: A four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 12–7 p.m. on November 28
What’s for dinner: Choose from French onion soup and beet salad; bacon-wrapped dates, shiitake mushroom crostini with herb ricotta, or croquettes; roasted turkey breast with the traditional fixings, prime rib, blackened salmon, or a vegetarian option. For dessert, go for the pumpkin pie, white chocolate cranberry bread pudding, or molten chocolate lava cake.
Pies: Pumpkin
Price(s): $70 per person
Deadline: Reserve your table on their website (a credit card deposit is required).

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The Kitchen

1520 16th St. and 1039 Pearl St., Boulder
The deal: Both locations will serve a Thanksgiving feast.
What’s for dinner: Start the evening with prosciutto, burrata, and fig preserves, then choose from entrées such as roasted turkey with mashed potatoes or roasted delicata squash with spiced pepitas and a maple-tahini vinaigrette. Sides include chestnut and oyster mushroom stuffing, Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, and dinner rolls with maple butter.
Pies: Dutch apple, plus pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap cookie crust
Price(s): $65 for adults; $22 kids 12 and under
Deadline: Call for reservations.

Hotel Boulderado

2115 13th St., Boulder, CO
The deal: A Thanksgiving buffet and a chocolate fondue station
What’s for dinner: Roasted turkey, wild rice risotto cakes with mushroom ragout, vegetarian cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, oven-roasted turnips, and mashed potatoes, and much more.
Pies: Apple, bourbon pecan, pumpkin, in addition to lava cake and crème brûlée
Price(s): $65 for adults; $32 for kids ages four–12; children ages three and under eat free
Deadline: Make a reservation online or call 303-440-2882.

Citizen Rail

Hotel Born, 1899 16th St.
The deal: Full Thanksgiving meals to-go or reservations for a Thanksgiving dining experience from 12:30–8 p.m.
What’s for dinner: To-go orders include Rebel Farms arugula salad with Haystack goat cheese, sweet potato casserole, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower salad with a warm orange tahini dressing—to pair with a Colorado Ambrosia Farms Blue Slate heritage turkey. Gravy and roasted pumpkin pie are also included. The in-restaurant dining option is a more upscale affair, with Dungeness crab and tuna tartare as appetizers and six entrées to choose from, including smoked and braised lamb leg and 66-day dry-aged ribeye.
Pies: Roasted pumpkin for the to-go orders; chocolate-pumpkin for those dining in
Price(s): The $192 takeaway meal feeds up to six; the dine-in experience is $75 per person for a three-course prix-fixe menu
Deadline: Orders accepted until November 25; call 720-592-1361 for reservations.

Where to Order Meals To-Go

A Thanksgiving spread from Cured. Photo courtesy of Cured

Brider

1644 Platte St.
The deal: Thanksgiving to-go catering packages
What’s for dinner: In true Brider fashion, the turkey is rotisserie, served alongside country gravy, brioche rolls, and pumpkin pie. Sides include mashed potatoes, candied yams, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mushroom stuffing, and mac and cheese.
Pies: Pumpkin
Price(s): $18 per person for the “Everyone Gets” items (turkey, gravy, rolls, and pie) and $5 per person per side
Deadline: Orders must be placed before November 21 by emailing chase@denverbrider.com; pick up before 8 p.m. on November 27.

Lou’s Italian Specialties

3357 Downing St.
The deal: This gourmet sandwich shop is offering to-go Thanksgiving sides, dressings, and desserts. There is a half-pound minimum purchase for each dish, and reheating instructions are included. Orders will be available for pick-up on November 26 and November 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the store.
What’s for dinner: Chicken sausage and cornbread stuffing, roasted potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato hash, vegetable sides, roasted baby carrots, eggplant caponata, charred broccoli rabe, bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower gratin, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, and three different types of gravy
Pies: Pumpkin, apple, and pecan, plus chocolate eggnog or cinnamon raisin bread pudding made from Rosenberg’s house-made challah
Price(s): All sides are priced $9–$14 per pound; gravy and sauce are $12 per quart; $25 a pie; $16 per loaf of bread pudding
Deadline: All orders must be placed by November 22; order in-store, by emailing catering@lousitalianspecialties.com or via phone at 720-287-3642.

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Tony’s Meats and Market

Multiple locations in Hampden, Littleton, Centennial, and Castle Pines
The deal: Heat-and-serve turkeys in a variety of flavors with a side dish bundle; meals serve about 12 people
What’s for dinner: Turkey options range from classic oven-roasted (available organic) to Cajun deep-fried. The side dish bundle includes sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, gluten-free turkey gravy, brandied cranberries, and brioche rolls.
Pies: Pumpkin, apple, and pecan
Price(s): Turkeys range from $40–$90, with the side dish bundle running $140; pies are an additional $12–$17
Deadline: Order online or in-store before November 23 at 5 p.m.

Blackbird Public House

305 S. Downing St.
The deal: Pick up your complete Thanksgiving dinner on November 27 before 11 a.m.
What’s for dinner: 10-pound roasted or smoked turkey, mixed greens salad, green beans, whipped mashed potatoes and gravy, and either traditional or oyster stuffing
Pies: Apple or pumpkin
Price(s): $150 for 10 people; extra sides or pies are $15 each
Deadline: All orders must be placed by noon on November 20; after you place an order online, a member of Blackbird’s staff will call to you to settle payment.

SK Provisions

Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer St.
The deal: Vegetable side dishes to-go (serves 10–12)
What’s for dinner: Options include roasted potatoes, roasted vegetable medley, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, or rustic bread stuffing. SK Provisions also offers whole roasted cauliflower with a pomegranate glaze for vegetarians and a split-roasted porchetta seasoned with garlic, fennel, and herbs for those who want to pass on the traditional bird.
Pies: No pies
Price(s): Sides, including the roasted cauliflower, are $20; the half porchetta serves six to eight for $90 and the whole serves 10–12 for $180.
Deadline: Call 303-669-1570 or email  skprovisionsdenver@gmail.com to order at least 48 hours in advance.

Cured

1825 Pearl St., Boulder
The deal: Buy a handful of sides, wine, charcuterie, or your whole Thanksgiving meal from Boulder’s mainstay gourmet shop. In-store pick up and delivery are available; orders will be ready anytime after 12 p.m. on November 27.
What’s for dinner: Dry brined and seasoned organic turkeys with gravy, Tender Belly heritage breed ham, duck fat mascarpone mashed potatoes, lemon rosemary crown bread stuffing, Kilt Farm kale salad, and more.
Pies: No dessert
Price(s): Prices vary and depend on sizing; the small serves up to six, the medium is for six –12, and large is for 12–18.
Deadline: Order in person or call 720-389-8096.

Sugarfire Smoke House

14375 Orchard Pkwy., Suite 100, Westminster
The deal: A turkey or an entire meal
What’s for dinner: Order a turkey (apple-brined and cherry-wood-smoked), or smoked turkey breast (apple-brined and brown-sugar-glazed) by the pound. Sugarfire’s complete Thanksgiving meal includes smoked turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry chutney, and fresh-baked pie (one slice per person).
Pies: Pecan, pumpkin, Mississippi mud, key lime, apple, and the signature Sugarfire Pie
Price(s): The complete Thanksgiving meal is $30 per person; whole turkeys (16–18 pounds) cost $8 per pound, while smoked turkey breasts are $17 per pound. Whole pies cost $29 each.
Deadline: Place your order in person by November 23. 

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Cirque Kitchen & Spirits

The deal: Holiday feasts for 10 people featuring natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Orders can be picked up on November 26, from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or November 27, from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Get a brined and roasted turkey with traditional stuffing (gluten-free available for an additional $5), garlic-roasted green beans, honey-roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes. Rosemary sausage gravy (available vegetarian) and cranberry sauce round out the meal.
Pies: Apple or pumpkin
Price(s): $150, with the option to add additional pies, sides, and turkey for $8–$30
Deadline: Call 720-833-8122 to order by November 13.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St.
The deal: A carry-out Thanksgiving feast for 12; desserts available à la carte
What’s for dinner: 24-pound slow-roasted turkey with gravy with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, agave-glazed root vegetables, and dessert
Pies: Pumpkin, salted caramel apple crumble, and black bottom pecan; additional options include pumpkin cookies, white chocolate pecan sandies, and Rosie the Cow, a 12-ounce dark chocolate cow sculpture filled with candies
Price(s): $500 for the feast; individual desserts priced from $12 to $42
Deadline: Order online, in person, or via phone (303-389-3050) at least 72 hours in advance.

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

2180 S. Delaware St. or 1899 16th St.
The deal: Smokey goodness ready for pick up on November 28
What’s for dinner: Whole turkey, turkey breast, and honey ham are available by the pound, along with full and half-pan sides of Texas toast stuffing, bacon mashed potatoes, and brisket gravy.
Pies: Bourbon pumpkin pie
Price(s): $85–$120 for the main proteins; $45 (serves 12) and $80 (serves 24) for half and full pans of sides; pies are $30
Deadline: Email amanda@bbqsupply.com or call 720-815-5571 to place your order.

Milk Market

1800 Wazee St.
The deal: To-go, uncooked Thanksgiving meals—they provide the food and instructions, you cook—for anywhere from four to 10 guests. Available for pick up November 25 to November 27 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. at Ruth’s Butchery inside Denver Milk Market.
What’s for dinner: Turkey (thawed, complete with aluminum pan), gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, french bread with herb butter, homemade cranberry sauce, and a choice of pie
Pies: Choice of maple bourbon pumpkin pie, salted caramel pecan pie, or Wednesday’s Pie’s signature apple
Price(s): $200–$275
Deadline: Reserve your meal online.

Russell’s Smokehouse

1422 Larimer St.
The deal: Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for six to eight people; available for pickup Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Smoked turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, garlic whipped potatoes, baked mac and cheese, braised collard greens, apple cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls
Pies: Choice of maple bourbon pumpkin pie, salted caramel pecan pie, or Wednesday’s Pie’s signature apple
Price(s): $210
Deadline: Reserve your meal online.

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Shamane’s Bakeshoppe

2825 Wilderness Pl., #800, Boulder
The deal: Signature pies available for pick up, along with galettes, savory pot pies, rolls, and quiches
What’s for dinner: There are four savory pot pies (turkey, chicken, buffalo pasties, and beef wellington) and three quiches to choose from, as well as buttery brioche rolls.
Pies: Cherry vanilla bean, sea salt caramel apple crumble, traditional apple, maple or chocolate pecan, chocolate cream, key lime, pumpkin, and sweet potato-chocolate-ginger
Price(s): $9–$36 depending on the item; items are available gluten-free for an additional fee
Deadline: Make your order online or call 303-440-2882

Dish Gourmet

1918 Pearl St., Boulder
The deal: All-natural turkey and sides available for pick up; all you have to do is reheat (instructions provided). Raw turkeys are also available cleaned, brined, and seasoned. Orders will be available for pick up on November 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What’s for dinner: A roasted, carved turkey (wild rice and veggie-stuffed acorn squash for vegans), cornbread, cranberry sauce, and gravy come with every order. Choose four sides: Munson Farm butternut squash soup, caramelized onion Brussels sprouts, roasted vegetables, traditional stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans with almonds, or kale salad with roasted beets and walnuts.
Pies: All pies come from Shamane’s Bakeshoppe and include pumpkin, chocolate pecan, apple, and cherry vanilla.
Price(s): $25.20 per person; uncooked turkeys are $6.20 per pound (plain) and $9.20 per pound (seasoned); pies are an additional $23–28 (gluten-free available)
Deadline: All orders must be placed by November 22.

Where to Order A Bird

Blackbelly Butcher

1606 Conestoga St., Boulder
The deal: Pasture-raised, organic birds from Peterson Turkey Farm, located just south of Denver, as well as Deer Tree Farm turkeys from the Western Slope. The latter are also pasture-raised and organic, but are fed/foraged on rotated pasture with organic fruit and bugs from the valley (their diet is supplemented with organic barley, pears, lentils, and seeds).
Price(s): Peterson turkeys are $6.99 per pound and Deer Tree Farm turkeys are $11.99 per pound (all birds range from 14–22 lbs. and feed 12–18 people with leftovers).
Deadline: Pre-orders are available in person or by phone at 720-479-8296 with a $100 deposit. Deposits are credited at pick up when the price is determined, as guests are charged based on the weight of the bird.

Marczyk Fine Foods

770 E. 17th Ave and 5100 E. Colfax Ave.
The deal: Free-range Willie Bird turkeys (raw, roasted, or smoked) are available for pick up starting November 23.
Price(s): $4.69 per pound for raw birds; $6.39 per pound if you want it cooked
Deadline: Order online.

Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe

3326 Tejon St.
The deal: Heritage, pasture-raised turkeys from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch in Kansas, as well as some local, pasture-raised corn- and soy-free birds from Rocky Mountain Pastures. All turkeys are sold fresh, never frozen.
Price(s): Turkeys require a $75 deposit; local birds are $15 per pound, while the heritage turkeys are $13 per pound.
Deadline: Order online

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River Bear American Meats

3821 Steele St.
The deal: Fresh turkeys (responsibly raised by Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, Minnesota), frozen turkeys (also from Ferndale), Nueske’s spiral sliced ham, and River Bear pork sausages, plus Culture meat and cheese boards. Available for pick up at Leever’s Locavore (opening November 21; we recommend confirming the pick-up location when ordering).
Price(s): $2.99–8.99 per pound
Deadline: Order by November 26 in person or email Jeff@RiverBearMeats.com.

The Local Butcher

2669 Larimer St. (Denver Central Market) and 2242 Oneida St.
The deal: All-natural turkeys from Peterson Farms in Lakewood, available brined and, if you prefer, spatchcocked
Price(s): $4.15 per pound for the turkey; add brine for $15
Deadline: Birds can be ordered directly online, in person at either location, or by phone.

Where to Order Pie

Pecan pie from Long I Pie. Photo courtesy of Long I Pie

Hinman’s Bakery

4850 East 39th Ave.
Flavors: Salted maple, dutch apple, cherry, blueberry, pumpkin, and toffee pecan
Prices: $26–32

Sugar Bakeshop

277 Broadway
Flavors: Pumpkin, pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, dutch apple, traditional apple, blueberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream (select pies available are gluten-free)
Prices: $28 (or $33 for gluten-free)

The Long I Pie Shop

321 E. 45th Ave.
Flavors: Bourbon chocolate pecan, pumpkin, peanut butter cup pretzel, pear crumble, spiced apple cranberry, sweet potato marshmallow, and salted honey lavender (select pies are available gluten-free; a flight of mini pies is also available)
Prices: From $28

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D Bar

494 E. 19th Ave.
Flavors: Pumpkin, lemon meringue, pecan, chocolate cream, and apple crumble, plus mini-tarts and a variety of other seasonal desserts
Prices: $25–28 for 9-inch pies

Granny Scott’s Pie Shop

3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd. #C107, Lakewood
Flavors: Almost 30 different flavors of pies, from fruit-filled and traditional cream to sugar-free, almost all of which can be made gluten-free
Prices: $20–25

Project Angel Heart’s Pie in the Sky

4950 Washington St.
This unique online pie sale raises funds to provide medically tailored meals for people with life-threatening illnesses in Colorado.
Flavors: Pumpkin, pecan, cherry, and apple
Prices: $30

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