The telltale sign of fall is when pumpkin spice appears. And no, it’s not just you — the sickeningly sweet season begins earlier and earlier each year. The fall-inspired treat began in the form of a “PSL,” and it’s spread to pretty much everywhere else. Nevermind the fact that pumpkin spice is #basic; can’t we just let plain ole pumpkin live? If you’re as fed up with the commercialization of pumpkin as we are, read on for some other ways to enjoy the fruit that doesn’t involve your morning coffee.
Cafe Orlin is a must-dine spot — if not for the similarities to Cafe Mogador and Jacks Wife Freda at a fraction of the cost, certainly visit for the pumpkin pancakes. You don’t have to wait until fall to enjoy the fluffy stacks topped with cinnamon yogurt, because these babies are served year round.
Jajaja puts an innovative spin on Mexican food by offering 100% vegan cuisine. This means exciting substitutes like pumpkin queso dot the menu. Enjoy the spread atop the pumpkin and beet empanada before devouring a mountain of nachos to get your squash fix.
Almost better than eating pumpkin is eating out of a pumpkin. Well, you can have both with Extra Virgin’s mushroom and pumpkin risotto. A savory way to eat pumpkin, the risotto balances the creaminess of pumpkin with the meatiness of mushroom for a hearty fall dish.
Balance out your pumpkin pie with a green salad, like the pumpkin salad from Ruby’s. The salad pairs pumpkin’s earthy flavors with tangy feta cheese, nutty pine nuts, and balsamic. It’s on the lighter side, but you won’t sacrifice on the flavor of roasted pumpkin.
Pumpkin….fries? Yep! Even wedges of kabocha pumpkin get the fry treatment at Thai joint Ngam. While they’re not quite the same as a pile of crispy sweet potato fries, the pumpkin fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, complemented by a spicy red curry mayo.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without — you guessed it — pumpkin pie. In our books, pumpkin pie will always be the quintessential autumnal treat. It’s purer than gelatinous latte syrup, and the nostalgia factor can’t be beat. If you’re craving a slice, too, pop by a pie shop like Petee’s.
Written by Kirby Kelly
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