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A Thanksgiving meal from the Empire Lounge in Louisville. Photo courtesy of the Empire Lounge
Eat and Drink

Your 2021 Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner on the Front Range

Pick up full meals, scratch-made sides, perfect pies, and more from these local eateries.

This Thanksgiving, keep the stress out of your kitchen and leave the cooking to the pros. The top chefs behind the best restaurants on the Front Range are preparing traditional turkey feasts, as well as their own culinary takes on the classics. Choose between dining in or taking out, and don’t miss the array of seasonal desserts available to kick off this year’s holiday season.

Where to Order Full Feasts & Turkeys

American Elm at Home

4132 W. 38th Ave.
The deal: A classic feast from chef Brent Turnipseede, available for pickup November 24
What’s for dinner: Bowman & Landes turkey, which is vegetarian-fed, free-range, and never treated with antibiotics, served with healthy portions of American Elm sides like biscuit stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and Southern green bean casserole.
Price: Starting at $230 for six people
How to order: Online by November 22

A Spice of Life

5441 Central Ave., Suite 272, Boulder
The deal: A classic dinner for four to six people, available for pickup from 3–5 p.m., or delivery on November 24
What’s for dinner: Dig into buttermilk mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, maple whipped sweet potatoes with pecan streusel, herb stuffing, and a roasted turkey breast with rosemary gravy.
Price: $185
How to order: Online or call 303-443-4049; no deadline to order

The Bindery

1817 Central St.
The deal: Six-course turkey dinner for eight to 10 people with à la carte side, bread, and pie options. Preorder for pickup on November 24 or 25.
What’s for dinner: Enjoy a 12- to 16-pound rosemary and sage whole-roasted turkey and gravy; cranberry, apple, and ginger relish; wild mushroom and Italian sausage stuffing; brussels sprouts and speck gratin; black garlic mashed potatoes and bourbon mashed sweet potato; parsnips, pears, peas, and caramelized onions.
Pies: Pumpkin ginger pecan, apple pear caramel, chocolate chess pie
Price: $400 for the large turkey meal, with option to add additional sides and baked goods
How to order: Preorder online

Bistro Vendôme

1420 Larimer St., Suite 1705
The deal: A Thanksgiving spread infused with French flavors, available for pickup November 23 or 24
What’s for dinner: There are several starter options to choose from, including a charcuterie platter, onion soup, or butternut squash bisque. Then move onto the main course: your choice of boeuf bourguignon, duck confit, or whole orange duck, plus three sides, which range from sweet potato mash and haricot verts almondine to cinnamon-glazed baby carrots.
Desserts: Pumpkin crème brûlée, apple cinnamon pain perdu
Price: $50 per person for boeuf bourguignon; $44 per person for confit de canard; $200 for canard à l’orange; hors d’oeuvres start at $6 per person
How to order: Online or call 303-825-3232 by November 19

Blackbelly

1606 Conestoga St., Boulder
The deal: Blackbelly Butcher is offering preorders of fresh pasture raised, organic turkeys, available for pickup November 22 to 24.
What’s for dinner: Your choice of two locally raised turkeys, and a variety of sides, sauces, and pies that can be warmed up and finished at home. Menu highlights include roasted garlic mashed potatoes, house focaccia and sage stuffing, maple rosemary roasted carrots, and dinner rolls with whipped butter. For dessert, choose from apple, sweet potato, or pumpkin pies.
Price: Turkeys range from $8–$14 per pound.; sides range from $11–$22 each, pies are $35 each.
How to order: Email kelly@blackbelly.com to receive a turkey; email marni@blackbelly.com or go online to pre-order sides, sauces, and pies.

Bonanno Concepts

789 Sherman St., Suite 530
The deal: More than five curated menu options from some of Denver’s top restaurants, all available for pickup by November 24
What’s for dinner: Bonanno Concepts presents a variety of Thanksgiving feasts—but with a twist. Choose from Italian, French, BBQ, or traditional American, all with a full menu from appetizer to dessert.
Price: Prices vary
How to order: Online

Chef Jeff G. Stoneking’s Thanksgiving Dinner

767 S. Xenon Court, Lakewood
The deal: A complete meal for four to six, available for pickup or delivery on November 24 at Tom’s Seafood
What’s for dinner: Feast on a turkey three ways: a smoked leg, confit thigh, and a roasted breast with gravy, sourdough, and cornbread stuffing; sweet potato soufflé; green bean casserole; buttermilk whipped potatoes; and cranberry salad. For dessert, enjoy a pumpkin maple cobbler with bourbon creme anglaise.
Price: $250
How to order: Online

Edible Beats Restaurants

The deal: At-home offerings via a collaboration between chef Justin Cucci’s Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s, and El Five—plus, a separate vegan and gluten-free option, available for pickup November 23 or 24
What’s for dinner: A Barber’s Foods all-natural turkey, prepared two ways: cured and sous-vide-cooked legs and brined, roasted breasts. Choose from Yukon Gold and cauliflower mashed potatoes or a sweet potato dauphinoise. You also get cornbread stuffing with squash, currant, pecans, and shiitakes, and your choice of a veggie side. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
Pies: Key lime avocado, rye whiskey pecan, pumpkin, apple, purple sweet potato and kabocha squash, spiced pumpkin, and whiskey pecan
Price: $48 per person (or $36 per person for the vegan/gluten-free option); pies are $25–$29
How to order: Online by November 22, and here for vegan options from Vital Root

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant

816 Main St., Louisville
The deal: A complete meal for four to six people, available for pickup on November 23 or 24 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Enjoy a smoked turkey with Italian sausage stuffing, Empire mashers, whipped bourbon candied pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, citrus and Grand Marnier cranberry sauce, and Parker House rolls with whipped cinnamon apple butter.
Pies: Your choice of pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, or pecan
Price: $100, plus $24 for pie
How to order: Online or call 303-665-2521

Guard and Grace

1801 California St.
The deal: Thanksgiving meal boxes for six people available for pickup November 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Protein options include herb roasted turkey breast with smoked turkey leg sausage; herb slow-roasted prime rib; or guests can order everything but the bird. For the at-home gourmands who need a little boost, à la carte sides and desserts are also available. For the extra festive, order a paired wine or cocktail kit.
Price: $249 for turkey breast with turkey leg sausage; $299 for prime rib; $135 for everything but the bird
How to Order: Order online by November 21

Just Be Kitchen

2364 15th St.
The deal: A 100 percent gluten-, grain-, paleo-, and refined sugar–free Thanksgiving meal for four, available for pickup on November 24 and 25
What’s for dinner: A Whole30-certified hen, bone broth stuffing, sweet potato, carrot, and coconut mash, bone broth gravy, and roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash topped with a zesty orange glaze and pecans. For dessert, your choice of vegan apple, pumpkin, or French silk pie topped with homemade coconut whipped cream.
Price: $145
How to order: Online; no deadline

River Bear American Meats

Inside Leevers Locavore (2630 W. 38th Ave.)
The deal: River Bear’s bone-in spiral ham, fresh and frozen turkeys, which are responsibly raised by Fernfale Market out of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and River Bear pork sausages: chorizo, breakfast, hot Italian and sweet Italian varieties available.
Price: $4 per pound for fresh turkeys; $3 per pound for frozen turkeys; $13 per pound for ham; $7 per pound for sausage
How to order: Order in advance in-person or via phone (720)-738-7481.

Stem Ciders Acreage

1380 Horizon Ave., Unit A, Lafayette
The deal: A Thanksgiving spread for four, available for timed pickup November 24 from noon–8 p.m., and November 25 from 8–10 a.m.
What’s for dinner: A four-pound roasted turkey breast with all the fixings: potatoes au gratin, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls, and for dessert, pumpkin pie. Canned Stem Cider is also available to add to your order.
Price: $200; ciders $7–$9 each
How to order: Online, no deadline to order

Smōk

3330 Brighton Blvd.
The deal: A turkey dinner with a regionally inspired barbecue twist for six to eight people, courtesy of chef Bill Espiricueta
What’s for dinner: Dig into a smoked turkey breast, fluffy mashed potatoes with housemade gravy, and jalapeño cornbread with honey butter.
Pies: Pecan with a dollop of crème fraîche
Price: $75; $50 for bird only
How to order: Call 720-452-2487 by November 18

West End Tavern

926 Pearl St., Boulder
The deal: Whole smoked birds available for timed pickup on November 24 and 25
What’s for dinner: A whole smoked turkey with Chef David’s cranberry sauce brown gravy. Plus, the option to add pumpkin pie and large-format cocktails to your order.
Price: $85 for turkey, $25 for pie, cocktails range from $30–$70
How to order: Online by November 17 at 9 p.m.

Where to Order Takeout Pies and Sides

Pumpkin Trifle from Fox Run Cafe
Pumpkin Trifle from Fox Run Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fox Run Cafe

Fox Run Cafe

3550 E. Colfax Ave.
The deal: A selection of quiches, pies, trifles and house-made caramel corn for pickup on November 25 from 9 a.m.–noon
What’s on the menu: A spin-off of traditional pumpkin pie, the pumpkin trifle is layered with pumpkin spice cake, homemade butterscotch pudding graham cracker streusel, and toasted marshmallow fluff. It’s then topped with a sweet-but-tangy, maple-cranberry compote. Other selections include maple-caramel corn, a lemon cream tart, bourbon apple pie, and veggie and meat quiche.
Price: $10–$36
How to order: Online by 2 p.m. on November 18

Nest at Nurture

2949 Federal Blvd.
The deal: Gluten-free and vegan takes on holiday classic desserts, available for pickup November 22 to 25 from 9–11 a.m. or 2–4 p.m.

What’s on the menu: Indulge your sweet tooth with the pumpkin cake made with pumpkin purée, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut sugar, maple syrup, lemon and topped with coconut cream frosting and a pumpkin-pie-spice whipped cream. Or try the pecan pie, coconut creme, and coconut sugar on a delicious crust made with almond flour, tapioca, and vegan butter.
Price: $38 for pie, $48 for cake
How to order: Order online  by November 21

The Post Chicken & Beer (Lafayette)

105 West Emma St., Lafayette
The deal: Pies, sides, and beer available for pickup between 2–5 p.m. on November 24
What’s on the menu: Housemade sides for up to 10 people including green chile mac n’ cheese, collard greens, stuffing, and gravy. Then choose from four fresh beer flavors to round out your Thanksgiving spread.
Pies: Apple, pumpkin, salted maple, and pecan
Price: $25 for sides, $7 for beer, $35 for pies
How to order: Online by 5 p.m. November 19

Rioja

1431 Larimer St.
The deal: A tasty selection of pies, breads, and biscuits from Chef Eric Dale and his bakery, available for pickup by November 24
What’s on the menu: Choose from three homemade pies: coconut cream, chocolate espresso silk, bourbon pecan; or freshly baked lavender sourdough bread, focaccia, or rosemary goat cheese biscuits.
Pies: Starting at $12, $35 per pie
How to order: Online or call 303-820-2282 by November 20

Where to Reserve a Table (Takeout Options Also Available)

Apple Blossom

882 18th St.
The deal: Chef Paul C. Reilly and the team at the newly opened Apple Blossom are offering a Thanksgiving meal for folks looking for a menu featuring local farmers and purveyors.
What’s for dinner: Roasted Green Circle Ranch turkey breast and confit leg; smoked gouda mashed potatoes; blue corn and oyster stuffing; shaved brussels sprouts and pecans; horseradish-cranberry sauce; white truffle-peppercorn gravy
Price: $48 per person
How to order: Reservations can be made online, and walk-ins are welcome.

Citizen Rail

1899 16th St.
The deal: A three-course meal (or a similar takeout option) available from 1–8 p.m. on November 25
What’s for dinner: Begin with your choice of starter: crab and mushroom soup, red oak salad, or wagyu beef tartar. Then move on to your main course: a smoked turkey breast with a confit leg; apple and fennel stuffed pork loin; vegan cauliflower three ways (smoked, fried, and charred); dry aged New York strip; or roasted white bass. All entrées come with sides ranging from brown butter stuffing to Meyer lemon white beans. For dessert, choose from a chocolate bomb, pumpkin and white chocolate mousse, or roasted fig bread pudding.
Price: $75 per person
How to book: Online or call 303-323-0017

The Fort

19192 CO-8, Morrison
The deal: A traditional turkey dinner, available for dine in November 25
What’s for dinner: Diners can enjoy a plate of turkey with all the favorite fixings, buttery mashed potatoes, fire-roasted maple yams, sausage-apple stuffing, cranberry relish, and Gunny’s brandied pumpkin pie for dessert.
Price: $48 per adult, $29 per child
How to order: Online or call 303-697-4771; no deadline

Le Bilboquet

299 St. Paul St.
The deal: A prix fixe menu with a variety of options for dine-in or take-out, available from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on November 25
What’s for dinner: Choose from appetizers like fanny bay oysters or soupe de la citrouille, then select an entrée, such as the signature Cajun chicken or traditional turkey with stuffing, spaghetti squash, and orange-cranberry jam. Dessert options include chocolate sponge cake and pumpkin cheesecake.
Price: $85 per person; $30 per child
How to book: Online or call 303-835-9999

Panzano

909 17th St.
The deal: A three-course meal for dine-in on November 25 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
What’s for dinner: Kick off your meal with fall panzanella salad or honeynut squash soup, a main course of turkey with focaccia stuffing, potato puree, fennel roasted carrots, cranberry jam, and foie gras gravy. Finish with a cranberry tart topped with a pumpkin sponge, cranberry raspberry coulis and a white chocolate and corn gelato with a pecan praline crumble.
Price: $64 per person
How to book: Call 303-296-3525

Urban Farmer

1659 Wazee St.
The deal: A three-course meal of classics available for dine-in from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. or pickup between noon–7 p.m. on November 25
What’s for dinner: For dine-in, enjoy sweet potato gnocchi cooked with mushrooms; caponata and pumpkin oil; roast prime rib with blackened foie gras butter and a variety of sides; and carrot cake with house-made goat cheese icing. For take-out, options include roasted turkey with a variety of traditional sides including house-made cranberries, orange marmalade, and cornbread stuffing with applewood bacon and dried fruit.
Price: $80 per adult and $30 for children under 12 for dine-in; $300 for the takeout option, which feeds six to eight people or $110 for two people
How to book: Online by November 23

Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar

1999 Chestnut Place
The deal: A traditional Thanksgiving spread, available for dine-in or pickup from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on November 25
What’s for dinner: A roasted turkey breast with sides of crème fraîche, whipped potatoes, classic herb stuffing, brussels sprouts, chicory salad, and a dinner roll. Top with porcini gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert, a bourbon pecan pie with fresh whipped cream.
Price: $65 per person
How to book: Online or pre-order by November 19

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