Pumpkin Spice menu items have been slowly trickling in from the usual fast food spots as October creeps up on us. While we’re salivating over pumpkin spice French fries, there’s a completely different world of elevated dishes featuring the popular seasonal flavor.
A group of Los Angeles-based restaurants have launched unique pumpkin-spiced items for the fall season. Let’s take a look at some dishes that go beyond the average burger and latte, made with a refined touch.
Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Latte
The spooky-scary espresso is part of the handcrafted menu of Caffe Umbria served at Vinoteca found at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. If you’re one to delight in the face of Halloween staring back at you while you get your morning coffee fix, you may want to consider this drink.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller
Doughnut lovers will want to peep this cruller from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. The pumpkin spice latte variation features pâte à choux dough formed into a circle, deep fried, topped with whipped candied pumpkin puree, cold-brew coffee pastry cream, and cinnamon-spiced sugar.
We recommend the cruller as a follow up to a juicy burger to end your meal on a sweet note.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Cocktail lovers will want to head down to Fig & Olive on Melrose to get this Pumpkin Spice Martini. The drink is made with vanilla-infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter.
On the rim of the glass is a garnish of crushed graham crackers.
Whoa, wait… pumpkin butter?!
Roku in West Hollywood is now offering these Pumpkin Fritters for the fall. The fritters are topped with toasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate ice cream.
We recommend finishing the ice cream first, at least the fritters can be boxed.
Pumpkin Cake In A Box
A few weeks ago, we covered BOA Steakhouse’s Cake in a Can. The summer carrot cake will now be replaced by a new spiced pumpkin cake with vanilla cream cheese icing, Berger Anisette cream, and candied pecan.
We’ve been known to bash pumpkin spice dishes pretty badly every now and then. Though restaurants get a pass when they get more creative with the seasonal flavor rather than simply adding a syrup or sauce.
Make sure to check out some of these spots next time you get the pumpkin spice itch, and maybe treat yourself to some elevation while you’re there. Can’t be eating burgers and burritos all the time.