All of the buzz surrounding the holidays can drain your energy, and spending Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen can seem exhausting. If you don’t want to spend your day cooking, let someone else do it for you. One advantage to living in a city with a diverse and abundant food scene is that there are plenty of restaurants that can cater your Thanksgiving dinner. This year, kick back and enjoy your day, and treat your family and friends to dinner from one of these restaurants. They offer takeout so you can swing by and pick up dinner.
1881 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
Elway’s is known for high-end steak and game-day events, but the downtown location also offers Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant offers a creative and delicious menu buffet style so patrons can treat themselves to as much or as little as they want. Also available is the “Turkey to Go” option, which allows you to take the most important part of the meal and bring it home. Elway’s also offers some of the best desserts in the city, so trade in traditional pumpkin pie for a gourmet Ding Dong or signature cheesecake.
Cook’s Fresh Market
1600 Glenarm Place, Suite 120
Denver, CO 80202
Located on the 16th Street Mall, Cook’s Fresh Market is a chic urban grocer with a full deli and catering team. The store carries hard-to-find items and high-quality ingredients for any meal. Treat your guests to a fine dining experience by heading over to Cook’s and picking up dinner ahead of time. You can pre-order and pick it up, or you can arrange for delivery, if you arrange it at least 72 hours ahead of time. With a wide variety of items on the holiday menu, you can have Cook’s take care of the turkey, or have it prepare the entire meal. Your guests will not be disappointed.
1918 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Dish Gourmet is a full-service deli and offers catering services, including Thanksgiving dinner. For the DIY set, the store offers farm-raised turkeys that are already brined, seasoned and ready to pop into the oven. There is also an option for a full dinner, including a pre-carved turkey, four sides and dessert. Dish Gourmet prides itself on using natural, fresh ingredients which taste delicious. If you are not exactly a whiz in the kitchen or don’t have time to brine a turkey, let the employees here handle it for you. Orders must be received by Friday, November 22.
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1510 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80218
Located in Capitol Hill, Spices Cafe is one of those places that locals take everyone they know. With a popular brunch menu, and inspired dishes served all day, this restaurant has plenty of options to satisfy many palates. Also offering catering services, Spices will prepare your Thanksgiving meal for you, so you don’t have to do it yourself. You can choose a traditional meal with gourmet touches like portabello mushroom gravy, or add some of the cafe’s less traditional dishes to your menu. Like other caterers in the area, Spices gets pretty busy at Thanksgiving, so make sure to order in advance.
4991 E. Dry Creek Road
Centennial, CO 80122
Having been in the Denver metro area since 1978, Tony’s Market is the place to go for meat. With knowledge and expertise in fine food, this is the place to go if you don’t want to tackle your own turkey. Tony’s Market has grown to four market locations, and one location that exclusively sells burgers. There are also two sister businesses, including Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering. If you have a brood to feed, call the catering company to discuss your options for a full Thanksgiving meal. Or stop by Tony’s Market for a turkey that is cooked to perfection. Tony’s also offers sides and desserts, and the employees can offer suggestions to help you make your meal the best.
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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.