Not Down for Christmas Dinner? Head to These Spots

December 24, 2017

Well, Christmas is finally here. A lot of us have, or are about to, spend way too much time in transit, all for way too little time with family we get to see only once a year. By tomorrow it will all be totally worth it, though, as you eat a home-cooked Xmas meal, promptly followed by crashing into a homemade fleece blanket nest for your fourth installment of A Christmas Story, and a year’s worth of sleep deprivation packed into a single post-Christmas nap. Or maybe that last part is just us.

However, not everyone adheres to the unwritten rules of Christmas dinner. Maybe you don’t celebrate Christmas,  but need a quick bite after seeing Pitch Perfect 3 or All the Money in the World. Maybe you’re a Denver transplant who decided to stay local for the holidays, but aren’t confident enough in the difference between a teaspoon and tablespoon to cook your own Christmas meal. Or maybe the cook of the family just found the eggnog at 11am this year. Either way, here are six interesting options to get an amazing meal on Christmas in Denver without breaking the bank (though don't forget, you might want to up your usual 18% tip, because: Christmas) or settling for frozen Thanksgiving leftovers (again, been there, done that).

Sweet Ginger – Southeast, Cherry Creek
This sushi-centric Asian fusion spot is a bit of a hidden gem, but those who know it rave about their fresh fish and hefty portions.

Clyde – Southwest, Capitol Hill
With one of the best wine lists in the city, Clyde might be the best move if you’re looking to turn the “Christmas spirit” up a notch. And if you’ve got a sophisticated eye, the Clyde Design store showcases modern designs “with a focus on accessories for the home.” Also, word on the street is they have a killer happy hour.

Little India – Southwest, Alamo Placita
Nothing makes us think of Christmas more than good Chicken Tikka Masala. Well, that’s not true. However, Little India is so good it makes us think of Indian food the other 364 days a year, so why not Christmas as well?

Jerusalem – Southeast, University
A major staple for college students nearly all day and night, particularly after the bars close, Jerusalem rightfully claims some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in town. Why not take in a meal that’s probably not too different from what the Three Wise Men might have eaten?

Range – Downtown
If you’re looking to splurge a little bit, Range Downtown has a mouthwatering four-course meal at $56 per person. Needless to say, you may want to call ahead and get a reservation first, but if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more celebratory, you can’t go wrong with this prix fixe. After all, if you’ve been paying attention to our blog all year, you may have actually saved a few  bucks over the year, so why not spend them on a nice holiday dinner? You deserve it.

Benihana – Southeast, Hampden
Every adult and semi-adult’s favorite birthday dinner spot, Benihana is always fun and filling with pretty much guaranteed leftovers. Plus, maybe your newest holiday tradition will be an onion volcano and a mouthful of steak.

Do you have any other recommendations? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.