If you're stressed out about preparing a Thanksgiving meal, some of Denver's best restaurants have a solution. From traditional offerings to more exotic fare, check out these Thanksgiving meals for takeout. Order soon, though! The deadlines are fast approaching.
TRADITIONAL COMFORT FOOD
Price: $41/person | Order by: 11/22 | Pick up: 11/24 or 11/25
Root Down, Linger and El Five are teaming up to offer the ultimate comfort food menu. They have sourced Barber’s all-natural turkeys that arrive fresh (never frozen) and are prepared thusly: the legs are salt and sugar-cured and sous-vide with duck fat and herbs for 16 hours at 168°F and the breasts are brined, then roasted and basted with an herb compound butter. Their cornbread stuffing is unique, made from Spanish chorizo, Honeycrisp apples, chestnuts and roasted shiitake mushrooms. Holiday pies are also available. Buy three pies and receive a copy of their cookbook, “The Edible Beat.”
Price: $45/person | Order by: 11/20 | Pick up: 11/24 or 11/25
The culinary team at Rioja is doing something truly unique. They are recreating many of the menu items from chef Jen Jaskinski’s appearance on the Food Network’s “Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.” It’s like having a superstar chef cook for you at home. You get to eat turkey prepared two ways: stuffed turkey leg with turkey apricot sausage and oven-roasted turkey breast with gravy. Plus, moscato and rosemary glazed vegetables, pomegranate and apple endive salad, and for dessert pinenut sage bread pudding and bourbon pecan pie.
URBAN FARMER DENVER
Price: $300 (feeds 6-8 people) | Order by: 11/20 | Pick up: 11/26
You get a Colorado-raised turkey (12-14 pounds), house-made cranberry organ marmalade, smashed red potatoes, cornbread stuffing with fennel sausage and dried fruit, oven-roasted yams and Brussels sprouts.
THE CORNER OFFICE
Price: $45/person (two-person minimum) | Order by: 11/20 | Pick up: 11/26
Under the same parent company as Urban Farmer Denver, The Corner Office is offering a menu for smaller groups. It comes with light and dark roasted turkey meat, mashed potatoes and gravy, green been casserole, glazed yams, house-made cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, and pumpkin pie.
Price: $75/person | Order by: | Pick up: 11/25
Impress your guests with only a few minutes of preparation. Dine on herb-roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, sage gravy, mushroom a foie gras stuffing, duck fat roasted potatoes, roasted local vegetables and scratch-made personal pie.
Russell's Smokehouse Low & Slow
Price: $240 (serves 4-6) | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/26
Take the fuss out of Thanksgiving by heating up this meal on your own schedule. It features smoked turkey, garlic whipped potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, baked mac and cheese, apple cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, braised collard green, and their famous apple, maple bourbon pumpkin or salted caramel pecan pie.
DENVER MILK MARKET
Price: $250 (serves 6) | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/25
This DIY option requires you to follow some simple cooking and reheating instructions. Enjoy a local turkey (marinated and defrosted; ready to cook), gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese, cranberries, classic stuffing, green bean casserole with fried onions, french bread and herbed butter, and a choice of pie.
Price: $175 (serves 4-6) | Order by: 11/18 | Pick up: 11/25
Guest chef Jeff Stoneking is serving up a traditional seven-course feast but with a humanitarian angle. For each meal purchased, an additional meal will be donated to a local non-profit. Enjoy turkey along with sourdough and cornbread dressing, grandma’s sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole, buttermilk whipped potatoes, cranberry relish, and pumpkin spiced cobbler.
A TWIST ON THE CLASSIC
STOIC & GENUINE
Price: Varies | Order by: 11/22 | Pick up: 11/24 or 11/25
Have a seafood feast from shrimp cocktails to Gulf red snapper to Maine lobster, plus pecan pie or pumpkin budino.
ACE EAT SERVE
Price: $49 (serves 2-4 | Order by: 11/19 | Pick up: 11/25
Change it up this year with Peking duck. The platter includes a whole duck, mu shu crepes, pickled peppers, scallions, cucumber, apricot, chili sauce and hoisin.
SALT & GRINDER
Price: $15/person | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/25, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29
Who doesn’t love leftovers? Cut to the chase with this leftovers kit. It includes all the favorites for a midnight refrigerator raid: smoked turkey, house ciabatta, cranberry sauce, stuffing, garlic aioli, chips, big pickle, and house cookie and brownie.
LOU’S FOOD BAR
Price: $52.50/group (serves 4) | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/25
Tray a whole fried chicken (hot, medium or naked), mac and cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts, coleslaw, fried okra, tater tots, waffle fries, and a pint of house-made pumpkin pie gelato.
Price: $47.50/person | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/25
Have a feast with an Italian twist featuring porchetta and au jus, three-cheese cavatelli, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, house ciabatta bread, and pumpkin pie cheesecake.
Price: Varies | Order by: 11/20 | Pick up: 11/24 or 11/25
Have a French experience with everything from confit de canard with orange sauce to creme brûlée.
MENU: N/A | Price: $49 (serves 4) | Order by: N/A | Pick up: N/A
Try a whole chicken Mexican-style with chef Manny Barella's 27-ingredient family recipe, tortillas, rice and beans. A jar of margaritas is also available for an extra $40. Call restaurant at 720-542-3721.
Price: $66 (68 pieces) | Order by: 24 hours in advance | Pick up: N/A
Why not give sushi a try for Thanksgiving? These 68-piece platters include classics like the California and Spicy Tuna roll and one-of-a-kind creations like the Pumpkin Dragon roll (with Japanese pumpkin tempura and marinated kelp topped with an avocado and honey glaze). Order by calling the RiNo (720-476‑4643), Lone Tree (303-537‑5250) or Aurora (303-364‑1990) locations directly.
Price: Varies | Order by: 24 hours in advance | Pick up: N/A
It's always a good time to feast on ramen noodles. Order six kits and receive 10 percent off or 12 kits for 20 percent off.
Price: $35/person | Order by: 11/22 | Pick up: 11/25
Have a delicious tofu turkey with cranberry-orange chutney as well as all of the traditional trimmings such as cauliflower mashed potatoes with celery root gravy, roasted vegetables with caper vinaigrette, cornbread with maple “butter” and sweet potato pumpkin pie with coconut vanilla cream.
Price: $100 (serves 6-10) | Order by: N/A | Pick up: 11/26
Once you have the food situation under control, don’t forget about the drinks. Choose any combination of beer, wine and cocktails. Then say cheers withe these stylish offerings: bottled old-fashioned whiskey cocktail, bottled Negroni cocktail, Denver Beer Co Juicy Freak IPA, Prost Marzen Amber, chenin blanc and Beaujolais-Villages.
Photo credits: Edible Beats (header) and Urban Farmer (side image).