It’s that time of year. The leaves turn a vast array of glorious colors, there’s a crispness to the air, and it’s time for savory sustenance. On the top of that list is the ubiquitous pumpkin (and its hearty brethren the squash). Much more than a hollowed-out Halloween decoration that looks out over the neighborhood from your front porch, the pumpkin is a delightful delicacy that should be enjoyed as much as possible before the first frost settles. Here is a list of pumpkin-friendly places that will leave you holding on to this fall season up until the last red and gold leaf hits the ground.
1825 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
There’s nothing more soothing than a nice warm bowl of soup. At emmer&rye, the roasted autumn squash bisque is the perfect start to a crisp fall evening. The bisque is so warm and creamy, served with pears, apples and just the right amount of chili oil that you’ll find yourself so comforted you’ll never want to leave. The lumache pasta is a must for pumpkin lovers as well, featuring pumpkin, pork belly, caprizella and porcini.
2001 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Dahlia lounge is a Seattle classic. Restaurateur Tom Douglas knows his way around the kitchen, and he certainly knows his way around classic comforts for this time of year. His chefs at dahlia lounge have created a perfect starter to kick off any lunchtime meal. With just the right balance of textures, flavors and color you can’t go wrong with the butternut squash, fennel and tomatoes, drizzled with leek vinaigrette and topped with sage.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Great art deserves great food. And at TASTE you get both. TASTE sits at the base of the Seattle Art Museum but you don’t have to be an art patron to enjoy the creations whipped up in this kitchen. A destination for art lovers and food lovers alike, TASTE has created a seasonal nicoise salad that includes St. Jude albacore, roasted squash, Olsen’s potatoes, roasted beets, tarragon and chopped eggs. Don’t miss out on the the roasted delicata squash with curry vinaigrette, red quinoa, marinated lacinato kale marinated goat feta, currants and baby beet crudo.
2208 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
Odd though the restaurant name is, once you taste what’s coming out of the kitchen, the only look on your face will be pure joy. This time of year How to Cook A Wolf is making a lot of people happy with its butternut squash ravioli. Mix in some rapini and pine nuts, along with a touch of brown sugar and settle in for a night of savory satisfaction.
1500 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
You may be more familiar with the traditional American macaroon, but the French take on this classic is also revered for its sweet properties, and Crumble & Flake delivers on that front. The French drop the “o” and call this delectable meringue sandwich a macaron. By combining almond meal, sugar and eggs Crumble & Flake gets into the spirit of the local seasonality pumpkin buttercream that speaks to the natural ingredients readily at hand, offering a pumpkin macaron perfect for any palate.
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