7 Eateries Open for Christmas

From chocolate peppermint truffles to Alaskan king crab legs, Denver restaurants have got your holiday meal covered.

Enjoy an authentic Christmas atmosphere while treating yourself to holiday classics at The Fort. Courtesy The Fort Restaurant Facebook page

Enjoy an authentic Christmas atmosphere and holiday food classics at The Fort. Courtesy The Fort Restaurant Facebook page

Celebrate Christmas with those you love, without spending days in the kitchen. Instead, have your holiday meal out at one of these Denver eateries, who are all offering especially festive dishes.Or have it catered—you’ll find information on Brider’s holiday catering program, including a recipe for one of the dishes, at the end of this piece.

Del Frisco’s Grille
When: Saturday, December 24; 4-9 p.m.
Where: 100 Saint Paul St.
Cost: $42-$49 per person
What to look forward to: Here, start your evening off with the Big Apple Sour cocktail, Del Frisco’s special holiday sip. Then sit down to a slow-roasted dry aged Prime Rib served with hand-mashed potatoes and au jus. Wash the meal down with a selection from their 2,000 plus bottles of wine on site, or one of the ten draft beers on tap.
Call for reservations: 303.796.0100

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
When: Saturday, December 24; 4-11 p.m.
Where: 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
Cost: $55 per person
What to look forward to: Jax’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. This long-standing Italian-American tradition consists of a grand meal made up of seven different fish entrées. The third annual meal includes an oyster, tuna, crab, anchovy and baby octopus salad, clams, swordfish and mussels. Bottomless wine (red and white) and discounted wine bottles will also be available for the night.
Call for reservations: 970.682.2275

Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro
When: December 24-25
Where: 900 Walnut St., Boulder
Cost: $69.95 per adult; $24.95 per child
What to look forward to: Jill’s is hosting a Christmas Candlelight dinner and brunch. Dinner, available Christmas Eve and Christmas day, includes white truffle carrot soup with pumpkin seed granola, Scottish sea trout carpaccio, mushroom- and chestnut-crusted filet mignon, natural turkey breast and stuffed leg roulade, a pear and almond tart and chocolate peppermint truffles. Brunch, at 10 a.m. on Christmas day, has Alaskan crab legs, made-to-order pancakes and waffles, a carving station, poached shrimp, mini bagels, fresh pastries and more on the menu.
Call for reservations: 720.406.7399

4 Range
When: Sunday, December 25; 4-9 p.m.
Where: 918 17th St.
Cost: $56 per person
What to look forward to: Embrace the new American west for Christmas dinner and fill up on this four-course menu featuring roasted chestnut soup with apple butter, crème and pancetta; a spinach and endive salad with pomegranate citrus, walnuts and goat chest; red wine braised short ribs with confit carrots, porcinis and pomme puree; and pistachio espresso semi freddo with port cherries and amoretti for dessert.
Call for reservations: 720.726.4800

The Fort
When: Saturday, December 24; 3:30-10 p.m.
Where: 19192 CO-8, Morrison
Cost: $44-$64 per person
What to look forward to: This three-course Christmas Eve menu starts off with soup or salad and warm baked bread, then choose from an 8 ounce, 12 ounce or 16 ounce buffalo prime rib au jus entrée, served with horseradish green beans and mashed potatoes. A vanilla rum mascarpone tart with Enstrom toffee ends the meal. Bonfires, carolers and decorative trees are also include in The Fort experience.
Call for reservations: 303.697.4771

The Nickel
When: December 24-25; Specials will be served until 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and 9 p.m. on Christmas.
Where: 1100 14th St.
Cost: Check website for full menu prices
What to look forward to: The Nickel is serving several dressed-up versions of holiday classics, in addition to the regular dinner menu. Holiday highlights include a Waldorf salad, prime rib, ham with pineapple, mashed potatoes and a pumpkin tart. Added bonus: the bar will be open all night long.
Call for reservations: 720.889.2128

7 Brider
Brider’s got an option for those who want to stay at home: a catering package. Featuring rotisserie roasted chicken, a baby kale and shaved apple salad, maple pecan sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts with bacon, potato rolls and a salted chocolate and vanilla pie, this top-quality “take out” is $25 per person, with two people minimum. Orders must be placed by December 23, with pick-up on December 24 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Here’s the Brussel sprout recipe to try a piece of the meal early.

Brussels sprouts with bacon
INGREDIENTS
2 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered with the “bottoms” removed
4 ounces chicken stock or water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cooked, chopped bacon (optional)
1 teaspoon blended oil
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS
In a ripping hot pan, sear the Brussels sprouts in the oil on all sides until golden brown and add garlic and the shallot, cook for another minute. (Careful not to burn the garlic.) Next, add the chicken stock, reduce to medium heat and cook until the stock has nearly evaporated. Then add the honey, vinegar, bacon and butter and cook until a glaze has formed—about a minute. Season with salt to taste and enjoy!

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