For most of the 20 years that my husband and I have been married either we made Thanksgiving dinner or visited family for the holiday. This year we decided to try a Denver restaurant and avoid all those excessive (but delicious) leftover calories.
We made reservations at Simms Steakhouse, which sits high on a hill overlooking the Denver skyline. The reviews for their legendary Thanksgiving buffet were pretty good. It was a disaster. Within ten minutes of being seated, I had lodged a complaint with the hostess and our server. A few minutes thereafter, the manager was down on bended knee by our table apologizing profusely. He was clearly overwhelmed and told us we would pay for nothing.
We were starving and had to find another restaurant on the fly. It was 7:15 pm.
We dialed a few more numbers without luck. Finally we tried the Rodizio Grill in LoDo on Wynkoop Street. If you think Thanksgiving is a major grazing feast, visit a good Brazilian or Portuguese restaurant for rodizio. Warning: Don’t eat for at least 12 hours prior to dining.
Rodizio Grill was an oasis of calm after the chaos of Simms. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and our server who arrived with two plates of appetizers. The full rodizio dinner included numerous skewers of varied meats plus a huge buffet of salads, vegetables, fruits, and the traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. EVERYTHING was fresh and delicious.
Personable and funny servers weaved among the tables with skewers of glazed ham, roast pork, tri-tip beef, chicken hearts, two different cuts of roast sirloin, spiced chicken, parmesan pork and bacon, and roasted pineapple. No turkey but who cared!
We devoured all this goodness along with a pitcher of perfect red Sangria. You know the expression “stuffed ourselves silly”? We were there…stuffed, smiling, and silly.
Dessert? Are you kidding? We would need to spend the night. We could barely walk as it was.
One little item: it’s not cheap. The full rodizio dinner is $34.99 per person. Go hungry and enjoy every morsel. And we did!
Thank you, Rodizio Grill, for saving Thanksgiving!!
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