Denver restaurants offering mouth-watering Thanksgiving meals to go

Whether you’re swamped entertaining the in-laws, watching football, running a Turkey Trot or just plain ol’ tired of cooking, these restaurants have you covered with Thanksgiving meals to go.

“If it helps you celebrate with your family with fewer dishes to clean, that’s always great, too,” said Frank Bonanno, owner of Bonanno Concepts. “We just want to make it easy for people who don’t want to go out to a restaurant and want to enjoy food with friends and family at the house without all the hassle. It’s a very stressful time during Thanksgiving. There are a lot of critics, so we’re happy to eliminate the criticism or allow you to critique us instead.”

Bonanno Concepts is celebrating the last Thanksgiving at Russell’s Smokehouse since the BBQ spot in Larimer Square is closing at the end of the year, and is one of many restaurants in Denver offering takeout Thanksgiving meals this holiday season.

Here are five to-go options for your very special Thanksgiving, whatever that should look and taste like.

Russell’s Smokehouse

Get your whole turkeys, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese and more classic sides for $110.

“I’m excited and sad this will be my last Smokehouse Thanksgiving,” Bonanno said. “I’ve already put in my own final order for Smokehouse, and I miss it already.”

Bonanno’s other restaurants, Mizuna, Luca, French 75, Osteria Marco and Denver Milk Market will also have to-go options for the holiday.

1422 Larimer St., Denver;

Citizen Rail

Local foodies can get fancy with Citizen Rail’s three-course, customizable to-go offering featuring a choice of six first-course options, including wagyu beef carpaccio, three baked oysters or wild mushroom veloute. For the second course, there are five selections, including a smoked turkey breast roulade and confit leg or a dry-aged New York strip. And finish the meal with a chocolate bomb, pumpkin pie or roasted fig bread pudding. ($105 per person.)

1899 Sixteenth Street Mall, Denver;

Guard and Grace

Chef Troy Guard has the full spread going at his award-winning steakhouse. The Guard and Grace Thanksgiving Box feeds a family of six and includes airline turkey breast, turkey neck stuffing with French onion gravy, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, pumpkin pie and triple chocolate chip cookies. There’s also an option to add a bottle of wine handpicked by Guard and Grace’s sommeliers, or a cocktail kit. ($325 for boxes with turkey or $225 for those without.)

1801 California St., Denver;

The Bindery

The Bindery is on a lot of people’s list of places to dine, but you can also take their food home over Thanksgiving. The combination fine dining-neighborhood spot is offering packages for up to eight people, including a 12-16 pound rosemary and sage whole roasted turkey with gravy, wild mushroom and rabbit sausage cornbread, and sourdough stuffing. Additional sides include truffle mac and cheese, a butternut chipotle soup and a kale salad. Get your sweet-tooth fix with a nine-inch pies, like apple pear caramel, pumpkin ginger pecan and chocolate chess. ($380 per pack.)

1817 Central St. Denver;

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

This stellar Texas-style pit-smoked barbecue spot has whole smoked turkeys ($90) as well as smoked turkey by the pound. Or, if it’s mashed potatoes you hate making, you can grab a half-pan for $50 with a quart of gravy for $12. And then there’s bourbon sweet potato casserole for $30.

2180 S. Delaware St., Denver;

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