Five ways to give traditional Thanksgiving meals the bird

Categories: Culinary Events


All the turkeys left in stores around town are still frozen, and you don't have a clue what you're going to do tomorrow. Don't despair: Many restaurants that are serving traditional meals still have room at the table. But if you'd like to give the classic holiday meal the bird, there are options for you, too. In fact, here are five great ways to spend Thanksgiving Day that promise not fun, but good food.

See also: Four Thanksgiving options if you're thinking outside the (Stove Top) stuffing box

5) Alamo Drafthouse
Watch some of the newest flicks to hit the silver screen while savoring the flavors of Thanksgiving at the Alamo Drafthouse. Movies will be screening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving and include 12 Years a Slave, Catching Fire, Dallas Buyers Club, Delivery Man, Frozen and Thor. You can order a traditional turkey dinner with your movie before 9 p.m.; dinner will run about $15 per person in addition to the movie ticket. For more information, call 720 588-4107.

4) Downtown Aquarium
Thanksgiving meals are just better when consumed at seat. Enjoy the exotic sights at the Downtown Aquarium while you snack on your feast from a holiday buffet that features traditional Thanksgiving dishes; there's also a special kid's buffet. The feed starts at 10 a.m.; tickets are $17.95 for kids ages 3-12, $37.95 for adults and $32.95 for seniors (65+) and include a 50 percent off Adventure Exhibit wristband and validated parking. For reservations, call 303-561-4450.

3) India's Restaurant
The spicy fare of India is reason to give thanks any day of the year. Our 2013 Best of Denver winner, India's Restaurant, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight serving its award-winning curries, tandoori meats, biryani rice and baskets full of roti. For reservations, call 303-755-4284.

2) Pho Duy
Vietnamese noodle soup can hit the spot any day -- and it's definitely more exotic than the turkey soup you'll be eating for the next week. Especially when you're eating it at Pho Duy, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A bowl of pho will comfort both your soul and your wallet, with most priced between $5.75 and $7.75. And Sriracha hot sauce beats gravy any day.

1) Hong Kong BBQ
Eat outside the box on Thanksgiving: Instead of turkey, go for Peking duck at Hong Kong BBQ (half for $12.95, whole $24). And rather than mashed potatoes, enjoy that bird with some creamy congee, a traditional rice porridge. Hong Kong will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day.

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Location Info

Alamo Drafthouse

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO

Category: Film

Downtown Aquarium

700 Water St., Denver, CO

Category: General

India's Restaurant

7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Duy

945 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hong Kong Barbecue

1048 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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John S. Schafluetzel
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4 to 7 p.m. today? So you posted this 9 minutes ago--at 6:36? That's some timely reporting there.

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