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For many, Thanksgiving is all about keeping it classic: the same place, the same faces, and, of course, the same flavors. But if you’re like us at 5280, a fresh spin on the holiday feast is totally welcome—especially if the family’s coming to your place this year and you haven’t quite nailed that roast turkey recipe (to be fair, you only cook it once a year). Make Thanksgiving a whole lot easier—and a whole lot more interesting—with the help of these six local foodie establishments.
Make It French
So you’ve perfected your deep-fried turkey recipe, but you’re in need of a few more dishes to round out your Thanksgiving spread. Allow Noisette to be your sous chef: The French bakery and restaurant in LoHi is offering takeaway starters and sides, including build-your-own charcuterie and cheese plates, make-at-home stuffing kits, and potato purée; duck confit pot pie; dessert pies in classic flavors (pumpkin, apple, and pecan); and a range of other sweet treats, like truffles, bonbons, and macarons. Bon appétit!
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Price: Dependent on item; pies start at $35
How to order: In person at the bakery or through Resy for pick up November 21–23.
Make It All About Fall Produce
Maybe you have a new partner that’s vegan, or perhaps your sister decided that now is the best time to cut back on meat. Regardless, Tofurky is rarely a delight. Luckily, Somebody People in Overland knows that plant-based dining doesn’t need to rely on meat replacements. While this year’s menu isn’t finalized yet, highlights from previous iterations include savory mushroom pie, sweet potato casserole, and other creative takes on the season’s finest produce.
Price: $70 per person; tack on an optional wine pairing for $40
How to attend: Make a reservation for the Thanksgiving feast, 2 to 8 p.m.
Make It Tapas-Style
Didn’t get the chance to take your dream Mediterranean vacation this holiday season? With the help of Three Saints Revival, you can at least transport your taste buds to faraway destinations. The LoDo hot spot is offering to-go meals of rosemary-brined turkey breast and a mix of traditional sides and flavorful tapas, such as flatbread with baba ghanoush and hummus, roasted carrots with harissa and dill yogurt, buttermilk mashed potatoes with jerez (sherry) gravy, and apple crumble.
Price: $45 per person
How to order: Online or call the restaurant (720-707-3500) by 2 p.m. on Monday, November 20. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Make It Truly All-You-Can-Eat
Planning a Thanksgiving menu that suits everyone’s dietary restrictions and preferences can seem like an impossible feat. Satiate even your pickiest eaters’ appetites with Edge Restaurant & Bar’s Thanksgiving buffet, which offers a smorgasbord of soups, sides, entrées, and holiday desserts. In addition to a turkey roulade with sage pesto and sweet potato casserole, the menu at the downtown restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel Denver includes peppercorn-crusted Colorado prime rib, fresh oysters, spiced acorn squash, pumpkin-pie parfaits, and more.
Price: $129 per person
How to attend: Make a reservation for Thursday, November 23, noon to 8 p.m.
Make It Hyperlocal
If you love cooking for Thanksgiving but hate the shopping that precedes it, try Spade & Spoon’s Everything But the Turkey holiday box. Not only does the meal kit come with all the ingredients and recipes for five sides and a dessert (sausage-apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, kale salad, sweet potato dinner rolls, and a pumpkin pie), but most of the ingredients are sourced from local producers, including produce from Hoffman Farms, eggs from Yoder Family Farms, and bacon and breakfast sausage from River Bear.
Price: $179 for the entire box; kits for individual dishes are also available
How to order: Place your order online by Thursday, November 16, for delivery on Tuesday, November 21.
Make It Cajun
Gumbo is always on the menu at Lincoln’s Roadhouse, but at this time of year, the Cajun restaurant and blues bar in Platt Park offers to-go quarts of a special turducken version of the dish to honor Thanksgiving’s most bizarre poultry centerpiece. Of course, the three birds won’t be trussed together to high heaven; instead, the restaurant stews together hunks of turkey, duck, chicken, and andouille sausage in rich stock and a dark roux. The resulting quart heads home with French bread from Denver-based Bluepoint Bakery.
Price: $37 per quart
How to order: Place an order at the restaurant or by phone (303-777-3700) by Friday, November 17. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.