Restau­rants will make your Thanks­giv­ing din­ner

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Allyson Reedy Off ice’s Steve Peter­son, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post Den­ver Post file Den­ver Post file

For Thanks­giv­ing, you want op­tions. And turkey. Or maybe mush­room lentil loaf.

If whip­ping up a ma­jor meal from scratch just isn’t in the cards this year, well, then, we’re here to help. Or, rather, some restau­rants will be there to help.

Whether you want to let the pro­fes­sion­als do all the cook­ing, dec­o­rat­ing and serv­ing at a restau­rant, pick up some­thing de­li­cious to eat at home, or have your turkey din­ner with all the fix­ings de­liv­ered straight to your door, there’s a place will­ing to pro­vide. Here are some op­tions for eat­ing well on Thanks­giv­ing Day with­out all the stress.

Cit­i­zen Rail has a four­course menu fea­tur­ing turkey roulade, lamb and mar­row meat pie and, as an add-on, 66-day dryaged steaks. (Sixty-six days is how long it took the Mayflower to cross the At­lantic. They’re re­ally think­ing about this.) $75/

Ve­g­ans will ap­pre­ci­ate Vi­tal Root’s ve­gan, gluten­free pickup Thanks­giv­ing din­ner. (Mush­room lentil loaf and co­conut ba­con are in­volved.) $25/per­son; or­ders

Go tra­di­tional at The Palm, where a three­course Thanks­giv­ing menu is avail­able from 12 to 8 p.m. (An a la carte menu is also avail­able for non­turkey lovers.) $59/ per­son, $24/kids un­der 12; 1672 Lawrence St., Den­ver (in­side the Westin Down­town),

Bos­ton Mar­ket has you cov­ered if you don’t want to cook, but also don’t want to go out. Thanks­giv­ing de­liv­ery or­ders are shipped frozen and ready to thaw, heat and serve. Get turkey, ham and all the fix­ings at The Cor­ner Thanks­giv­ing

When in Vail on Thanks­giv­ing, head to the Four Sea­sons for the Thanks­giv­ing buf­fet at Flame. In ad­di­tion to con­ven­tional Turkey Day food, it will have a raw bar, pasta, paella and a carv­ing sta­tion with honey-glazed suck­ling pig. Or or­der off its Thanks­giv­ing To-Go menu ($175; serves 4-6 peo­ple) and bring it home. $110/

Who bet­ter to cook your turkey than the meat ex­perts at The Fort? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanks­giv­ing, The Fort will of­fer a tra­di­tional three-course din­ner and a lim­ited menu with veg­e­tar­ian and fish en­trees. $45/per­son, $29/

Choose from prime rib, braised pork and, oh yeah, turkey at The Nickel’s three-course din­ner. $75/ Boul­der’s SALT pleases both veg­e­tar­i­ans and car- ni­vores with a plant-based din­ner of cau­li­flower steak and cab­bage shi­itake bean cake as well as a clas­sic turkey din­ner. $65/per­son, Do some­thing dif­fer­ent at View­house Cen­ten­nial’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Brunch Buf­fet. Stuff your­self on pump­kin waf­fles, seafood tow­ers and meat from the carv­ing sta­tions. Bonus: The Bloody Mary bar will pre­pare you for fam­ily gath­er­ings later in the day. $36.95/per­son, $9.95/kids (free for 5 and un­der), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 7101 S. Clin­ton St., Cen­ten­nial, 303-732-5289; view­house.com

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