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Top Restaurants Around Denver Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

November 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you are more likely to make reservations than pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, Denver has no shortage of top spots to enjoy the annual American feast. For traditionalists, plenty of restaurants offer turkey dinners with cranberries and yams, while others offer rarely seen Thanksgiving foods like sweetbreads and Colorado game. So, whether you crave that traditional turkey and trimmings or a lavish international buffet, there is much to be thankful for in Denver and the Front Range. All of these restaurants fill up quickly so make your reservations early.

Four Seasons Hotel
EDGE Restaurant & Bar

1111 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 389-3343
www.edgerestaurantdenver.com

The Four Seasons is offering a trifecta of feasting options—a sit-down dinner at EDGE Restaurant, a take-home EDGE Thanksgiving package and a ballroom buffet feast. At EDGE, diners have a choice of appetizers including maple-roasted butternut squash soup, duck confit with pomegranate arugula and walnuts; roasted turkey with apple and rosemary stuffing and all the traditional trimmings; peppercorn beef tenderloin with roasted Brussels sprouts; or Idaho trout with Longmont potato and a chestnut buerre noisette. For dessert, enjoy a choice of sticky toffee persimmon pudding with crystallized persimmon or lemon pudding cake with Leopold’s blackberry confit and candied lime chips. The price for dinner is $55 for adults (13 and older), children are $20 and children ages five and younger eat free. The EDGE take-home Thanksgiving package includes a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner for eight people that you can pick up for $300.

The ballroom at the Four Seasons will hold a feast beyond compare with individually plated breakfast items ranging from pastries to spinach and feta quiche. A seafood buffet will feature snow crab, prawns, half-shell oysters and a sushi station. Six fresh salads, two soups, bread and cheese trays will be sandwiched in before the grand display carving stations of turkey, lamb, ham and salmon. Side dishes to complement each include horseradish-scalloped potatoes, sweet potato puree and wood-grilled and braised winter vegetables. And if you still have room for more, the dessert buffet is just as expansive with a chocolate fountain, fruit tarts, pies, chocolate and lemon chiffon cakes and cookies. The menu also includes a kid-friendly buffet for pint-size appetites. This feast is $75 adults (13 and older), $20 for children ages six to 12 and those ages five and younger eat free.

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The Fort

19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-4771
www.thefort.comSam Arnold, founder of The Fort restaurant, loved opening his doors for Thanksgiving guests. Today, Holly Arnold Kinney carries on the tradition with a menu that personifies the American West. Honey-roasted turkey with sausage-apple stuffing, fire-roasted maple yams, cranberries and brandied-pumpkin pie is what’s in store. If you prefer fare that was more typical of the pioneer times, The Fort has old-world American dishes like quail, salmon, bison and beef on the Thanksgiving menu, but spiced up with New Mexican chilis and salsas. All entrees are served with salad, seasonal vegetables and roasted-shallot mashed potatoes. Sam Arnold’s pumpkin pie, triple-layer, chocolate-chili bourbon cake and other Fort treats are on the dessert menu. The cost for a Thanksgiving entree is $38 for adults and $18 for children. All other entrees are priced a la carte from the standard menu.

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The Inverness Hotel

Garden Terrace Restaurant
200 Inverness Drive W.
Englewood, CO 80112
(800) 832-9053
www.invernesshotel.comFor groups with a variety of tastes, there is no better buffet than the Garden Terrace at The Inverness Hotel. The staff goes all out to provide a show-stopping feast. The attention grabber is the seafood buffet, a towering display of snow crab legs, gulf shrimp, oysters, poached bay scallops and mussels. For lighter fare, there is a parsnip soup, beet and mache salad and roasted bison, haricot verts and winter squash salad. Breakfast dishes include eggs, pumpkin-spiced mascarpone stuffed french toast and vanilla bean waffles with berries. Cider-brined turkey with sherry-giblet gravy and prime rib with horseradish and wild mushroom ragout are the stars of the carving station, with traditional sides like Boursin potatoes, molasses yams and cornbread sausage stuffing. Other entrees include soft-shell crab, blackened shrimp and white-bean cassoulet, sage-duck confit, grilled red snapper with lobster sauce and truffled-chive polenta. And it wouldn’t be a holiday without dessert. Such treats as sweet potato cheesecake, cranberry orange bundt cake, black-bottom bourbon pie and of course, pumpkin and apple pie will be available. A Thanksgiving meal at Garden Terrace is $49.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages six to 10 and free for children under five.

Related: Top Autumn Desserts In Denver

Brown Palace Hotel
Palace Arms Restaurant
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(800) 321-2599
www.brownpalace.com

The Palace Arms at the Brown Palace is the place of kings, queens and heads of state. Nearly every visiting dignitary to Colorado has dined there, so why not you this Thanksgiving? The menu is as regal as the restaurant with a prix-fixe menu that includes a choice of appetizers like sweetbreads with banana, figs and walnuts or Diver scallops with caviar, shallots, basil chanterelles and tomato. Second-course options include pheasant soup with corn, wild rice and sweet potatoes or a frisée salad with egg, bacon, shallots and champagne vinaigrette. The main course is a choice of turkey with Brussels sprouts, cornbread, leeks and sausage, bison with Swiss chard, foie gras, truffle Madeira wine or a John Dory fish with octopus, Romesco sauce, olives, artichoke and yellow tomato. Dessert is a toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and a sea-salt toffee sauce or the chef’s surprise Thanksgiving choice. Adults will pay $89 for this wonderful spread.

The Briarwood Inn
1630 8th St.
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-3121
www.thebriarwoodinn.com

Be a part of Colorado history at the Briarwood. For the past 34 years, the restaurant has been home to Coloradans on Thanksgiving. The lavish prix-fixe dinner includes chilled shrimp and smoked salmon appetizers, salads and your choice of entrée—including steak, prime rib, seafood, duck or turkey. The turkey is served with oyster stuffing, Grand-Marnier cranberries, sweet-potato soufflé and mashed potatoes. Prices are by entrée choice with $58 for turkey to $65 for Medallions Briarwood, which includes veal scaloppini, lobster tail and filet bordelaise. All meals include a choice from the Briarwood dessert tray with chocolate-dipped strawberries, brownies, guava cake and Thanksgiving pies.

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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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