Leave the hard work to local chefs. These grocery stores and restaurants will do everything but the dishes, leaving you plenty of time to cherish turkey trots, football games, and holiday films with the people you love.
Psst: Order all of these Thanksgiving meals online, unless otherwise specified.
Located on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, this boutique deli and market dishes up a variety of prepared holiday dishes, including roasted all-natural turkeys (whole or sliced), old-fashioned whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions, butternut squash soup, and pull-apart rolls, to name just a few. The “Turkey Day for Two” package comes with sliced herb-roasted turkey, traditional sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, scratch gravy, cranberry relish, and pie for $50. A “Complete Meal Package” serves eight to 10 for $200. Thanksgiving orders can be placed until noon on Friday, November 16, and must be picked up on Tuesday, November 20, or Wednesday, November 21.
A pioneer in local, organic goods, Alfalfa’s makes Turkey Day stress-free and delicious with a chef-inspired menu and flexible ordering options. Select from the traditional turkey and holiday ham dinners (both non-GMO), or an array of plant-based mains. Side dishes range from maple sweet potato mash to fig-glazed roasted winter vegetables and smoked mushroom gravy. In addition to traditional stuffing, there’s a vegan, gluten-free option. Bakery items include dinner rolls, holiday cookies, cheesecake, and a gluten-free flourless chocolate torte. All items are made from scratch with quality ingredients. Choose the quantities you need to feed anywhere from two to 10 guests. Pick up your feast between Monday, November 19 and Thanksgiving Day, at Alfalfa’s locations in Boulder or Louisville.
Head to Tony’s for a gourmet, heat-and-serve holiday dinner with all the fixings: sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, praline sweet potatoes, green beans amandine, turkey gravy, brandied cranberries with pecans, and brioche rolls. Choose from oven-roasted or Cajun deep-fried whole birds, or boneless turkey breast, and a bundle of sides, all for $140. Due to the high volume of orders, Tony’s cannot offer substitutions or alterations to its Thanksgiving orders. Order by Saturday, November 17, then pick up your meal on Tuesday, November 20, or Wednesday, November 21.
From its historic digs in the Ballpark Neighborhood, Denver Milk Market offers “Thanksgiving To Go,” a premade meal for either four to six ($200) or eight to 10 ($275) diners. The cornerstone—a brined and trussed turkey that’s all ready to pop in the oven—is accompanied by turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole with fried onions, and French bread with herbed butter. For desert, pick from maple bourbon pumpkin pie, salted caramel pecan pie, or Wednesday’s apple pie. Additional sides are available for purchase, and items can be picked up Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Ruth’s Butchery, which is located inside Denver Milk Market.
This Washington Park pub will prepare a full Thanksgiving feast for your entire family for $150. The meal, which serves up to 10, includes a smoked or roasted 10-pound turkey along with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, a mixed green salad, and pumpkin or apple pie. Extra sides and pies available for $15 each. Place your order by noon on Thursday, November 15, and pick up dinner before 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Leave it to a chicken joint to cook up the perfect sides for a proper Thanksgiving dinner. The Post—with locations in Rosedale, Longmont, Lafayette, and Boulder—accepts orders for red skin hand mashed potatoes, green chile mac and cheese, collard greens, and beets and sweets. Group-size sides, which can feed up to 20 people, should be reserved at least three days in advance by calling your preferred pick-up location. Plan to pick up your order the day before Thanksgiving, as The Post will be closed for the holiday.
Looking for a unique addition to this year’s Thanksgiving Day table? Order traditional pork or chicken tamales from Blue Bonnet, one of Denver’s oldest family-owned and operated restaurants. For $20, you’ll get a dozen frozen tamales plus the joint’s signature green chili. Call 303-778-0147 to place an order, and pick up your side dish by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.
Specialty diet? No problem.
Gluten-free and Paleo diners have plenty of options at Just BE Kitchen, a Confluence Park eatery specializing in grain-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 approved fare. Premade Thanksgiving meals feed four, and include three Cornish hens with bone broth gravy, sage stuffing, cauliflower-turnip mash, roasted root vegetables, and a pumpkin pie. Solo Paleo pumpkin pies are also available. Just BE Kitchen gladly accommodates additional dietary restrictions, so don’t be afraid to ask about modifications. Your caveman dinner will be ready for pickup on Tuesday, November 20, or Wednesday, November 21. Order online, or by calling 303-284-6652.
Thanks to Vital Root, the vegan and gluten-free crowd can savor Turkey Day too, with Tofurky and cornbread stuffing, celery root gravy, cranberry orange chutney, cauliflower mashed potatoes with coconut milk, roasted winter vegetables, and a sweet potato pumpkin pie. Meals are $31 per person. Order online by November 20, and pick up your prepared dinner on Wednesday, November 21, at the restaurant’s Tennyson Street location.
Don’t forget dessert.
If you’ve waited all year for that post-dinner pumpkin goodness, consider going all out with a house-made ice cream version of the classic. From its Arvada and Uptown locations, Steuben’s scoops pumpkin ice cream over a toasted marshmallow and graham cracker crust. Pies are $28 each, and orders are accepted through Monday, November 19, with pickup on Wednesday, November 21. To reserve a pie, call 303-830-0096 (Arvada) or 303-830-1001 (Uptown).
Now through Tuesday, November 20, health conscious diners can pre-order a gluten-free, dairy-free Squash Pie from True Food Kitchen, a Cherry Creek eatery specializing in healthy, organic fare. Each pie feeds approximately eight guests, and orders can be picked up in-store, on Tuesday, November 20, or Wednesday, November 21. Call 720-509-7661 to purchase your pie.
Get dinner delivered
Leave the cooking to Chef Frank Bonanno’s team at SupperBell and you don’t even have to leave the house. Supperbell will whip up (and deliver!) a delicious Thanksgiving feast for your whole family. Feasts feed four to six adults, or four adults and four children, and include half a roasted turkey and all the fixings: mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, broccoli cauliflower gratin, cranberry sauce, and gravy, all for $150. Roasting your own bird? No problem. Simply order all the sides listed above for $100. Preorder online before Friday, November 16 at 3 p.m. MST and your Thanksgiving feast (or sides) will be delivered between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. All you’ll have to do is warm them up in the oven come dinnertime. Bonus: your guests will think you cooked everything yourself.