Local Thanksgiving dinner ideas for students staying on campus

November 15, 2016

Kyle Guthrie

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     As the leaves start to fall and the weather hopefully gets cooler, students can look forward to a quick break from Nov. 23-27, but not all students will return home for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24.

     Luckily, there are a variety of restaurant options available for those who are staying on campus or in the downtown Colorado Springs area who still want a Thanksgiving meal.

     Students who do not have their own cars or transportation can take a quick ride on the city bus, the Mountain Metro. It offers a route that runs from campus to the downtown area.

     For more information about the Mountain Metro, visit coloradosprings.gov/mountainmetro/page/route-information.

Ritz Grill

Location: 15 S. Tejon St.

Price: $23 per person

     The Ritz Grill, a downtown Colorado Springs restaurant, will offer a cheap alternative when it comes to providing Thanksgiving meals this year.

     The old-fashioned, rustic eatery will offer turkey dinners from 6-9:30 p.m., making it an ideal choice for college students looking to enjoy Thanksgiving on a budget.

     The menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Finish the meal with a slice of pumpkin pie and a glass of wine.

Garden of the Gods Gourmet market and cafe

Location: 410 S. 26th St.

Price: $29 per person.

     The Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market and Cafe is a great stop for out-of-town visitors looking to explore the park and residents who can’t get enough of the majestic landscape.

     On Thanksgiving, this cafe will offer turkey meal plates until 6 p.m.

     As an added bonus, families visiting students can make the short drive to visit Garden of the Gods to let their food digest while taking in the famous Colorado scenery.

MacKenzie’s Chop House

Location: 128 S. Tejon St.

Price: $10-25 range

     MacKenzie’s Chop House has established itself as a top steak house’s competitor with its high-quality meals.

     MacKenzie’s Chop House is offering a Thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 24. The cost is dependent upon what you choose to eat.

     The feast includes traditional elements such as turkey, mashed potatoes, prime rib, ham steak and additional dishes such as pumpkin soup and banana bread.

     When you think you can’t eat anymore, you can top off your meal with pumpkin pie, apple crisps and banana bread.

The Famous, A Steak House

Location: 31 N. Tejon St.

Price: $40 per person

     The Famous, A Steak House has become something of a holy grail for steak enthusiasts in the downtown Colorado Springs area. Students can reserve a table at the restaurant from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.

     While the eatery specializes in red meat, The Famous will also serve Thanksgiving meals that include slow roasted turkey alongside several types of gravies, sausage stuffing and cranberry relish.

     While the price is quite hefty, being able to eat at a later hour may be worth the extra cash. The legendary setting mixed with the highquality food makes for an excellent Thanksgiving experience for those spending the holidays on campus this year.