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Nov 4, 2010 08:38 PM

Suggestions for Thanksigivng Dinner for two plus a toddler

Open to ideas....not huge on turkey, so it doesn't have to be a turkey only theme. Must have some sort of toddler menu/ noodles, pasta, pizza, anything along that line. Within 30 minutes of Denver a plus.

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  1. Here's a link to restaurants near Denver open on TG. See what you can find that might be good for you.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Thank you for responding, I really do appreciate. Was thinking no one was going to.

      1. re: tesnjen

        Were you able to find anything suitable or a place you like. I could make a few recommendations.

        1. re: Littleman

          Actually not really, most are too upscale for said toddler. Not that he would not be well behaved and an angel, I don't want to risk that once every few months melt down and ruin someone else's thankgiving holiday. So please suggestions much appreciated.

          1. re: tesnjen

            Another option is a chef-prepared meal that just has to be finished/heated at home. If you order far enough in advance, perhaps they can accommodate you w/ a smaller bird, lower cost and fewer leftovers -- or invite a few strays or other parents w/ small children to share it with you. See

            1. re: ClaireWalter

              Thanks for the suggestion, but we are not Turkey fans. Hoping for some variety.

    2. Turns out that most Ted's Montana Grill locations -- very kid-friendly -- are open on T-giving. In addition to reasonably priced turkey dinners ($19), they are serving their "classic dishes" -- beef or bison burgers or steaks, bison meatloaf, bison pot roast, cedar plank salmon, St. Phillip’s Island crab cakes, Karen’s “Flying-D” bison chili, Big Sky grilled salad, Salt-n’-Pepper onion rings and more. Menu & locations post on their website.,

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      1. re: ClaireWalter

        Okay, I'm going to admit that I love the yeasty rolls at Ted's and their half-dill pickles. The actual meals are serviceable but not great. Darn, now I want rolls and pickles.

      2. More for adults - but the Brown Palace usually does one - and you can take home leftovers.

        1. OK, tesnjen, 'fess up. Where did you go?

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          1. re: ClaireWalter

            Thanks for thinking of us Claire. We ended up at 1515 restaurant of all places. It was wonderful and I would say that there were atleast 5 other parties within view of us, that all had kids, from babies to about 10, very friendly and family oriented. I was super impressed, they even offered to put the kids food orders in early to get them started (which of course we took advantage of). I had an awesome Butternut Squash soup and Prime rib for myself. They offered pasta with butter or red sauce for the kids, with a side of cheese bread, among other things, but that was what my son chose. I called frist when we made the reservation to confirm, a toddler was okay and that they could cater to a vegetarian one at that and they not only said yes, they made a note of it on the reservation, when we were seated, the waitress, quickly addressed me, stating "I understand your son is a vegetarian, here is what we can offer him today", before I even had a chance to bring it up. Needless to say, we left a GREAT tip!

            1. re: tesnjen

              Wow, what wonderful service! Glad you had a nice holiday meal.

              1. re: tesnjen

                So glad it worked out. I've never been to 1515, so it didn't come immediately to mind.

                1. re: ClaireWalter

                  Claire, you must try them, I think you'd enjoy it, be a fun place to review too. The Monk Fish with Quail Egg Ravioli is great, so is the Kobe burger with Pancetta and truffle mayo, especially for $9. And the pineapple Rum desert with Liquid Nitrogen Horseradish Ice Cream is quite different. I didn't care for it, but the rest of the people in my party did and it's really worth ordered, if only to taste it. I've only had one bad meal there, they overcooked my Kobe burger, I wanted rare and it came out medium. They actually boxed up the over cooked burger, and said, surely there is someone or some pet that could enjoy it and brought me a new one cooked as ordered.