Fall Flavors: 11 Local Dishes and Drinks to Devour This Autumn

Lisa HonebrinkOctober 28, 2020
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Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy, to quote an old pop song by Ohio Express. Everyone loves fall, and local bars and restaurants are offering great seasonal foods and drinks for everyone’s tummy. Just ruminate on this roundup.


Halloween-Themed Macarons
With Halloween hiding just around the corner, you can buy individual macarons or pre-order “Trick or Treat” two-packs with the Parisian delectables disguised as bats, ghosts and more, flavored in Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Chai, Caramel Apple and Butterfinger. All made by Torsha Baker (yes, that’s really her name) at Chandler-based Ooh La La Macaron. These grab-and-go goodies are safely wrapped, along with candy corn, in cellophane bags and sealed with cute bows. Be sure to place your order no later than Wednesday, October 28 by sending a DM to @oohlalamacaron on Instagram or Facebook.


Pumpkin Pancakes

For breakfast throughout the fall months, pumpkin cream pancakes, anyone? At Original Breakfast House, they’re freshly made, layered with pumpkin mousse and topped with marshmallows, pecans and sweetened cream. Chase’s Diner in Chandler serves its Pumpkin Pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and real whipped sweet cream butter and maple syrup. All U.S. Egg locations present pumpkin spice pancakes, waffles and coffee.


Pumpkin Bagels
Chompie’s boasts two types of pumpkin-flavored bagels: regular and crunch, the latter dipped in cinnamon sugar before baking. Top it off with pumpkin schmear.


Vegan Treats

Feel good as gold at 24 Carrots in Tempe with a Pumpkin Caramel Latte, Cookie Butter Latte, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew or Pumpkin Butter Chai, oh my! Rotate sips with bites of Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookie sandwiches (gluten-free and vegan) or Chai Mylk Cake.


Hawaiian-Inspired Goodies

Get your Hawaiian, healthy, and tasty on at Wow Wow Lemonade locations with a Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Smoothie or Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew (house-made pumpkin-spice creamer with coconut milk and choice of cane or monkfruit sweetener). Plus Pumpkin Spice Toast topped with house-made pumpkin-spice butter, banana, coconut chips and local honey.


Fall Comfort Food
Phoenix City Grille’s seasonal dishes are rife with fall flavors, including Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with baby spinach, Aleppo chile flakes, tarragon-almond pesto and roasted root vegetable hash.


Seasonal Pizza
The autumn-themed menu at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria features spicy buffalo chicken, crisp green apples and buttery caramel. Starting November 3, it will also offer its annual Pumpkin Cheesecake.


Seasonal Spirits
Blue Clover Distillery in Scottsdale is serving up its spicy vodka infused with hatch chile, jalapeno and red pepper. What’s more: they provide recipes so you can make cocktails such as The Glad Eye at home during COVID-19.


Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice Cocktails
CRUjiente Tacos takes your palate to places sweet, spicy and tangy with a Cinnamon Margarita (muddled orange, Tequilla Corcel Reposado, house-made cinnamon and agave syrups, fresh-squeezed lime juice and freshly-ground cinnamon). Rita’s Cantina & Bar at the Camelback Inn recommends their seasonal Southwestern Pumpkin Spice cocktail, mixing coffee, vanilla cream, pumpkin spice and tequila.


Pumpkin-Flavored Desserts
Finishing everything off with dessert, Macayo’s popular homemade Pumpkin Flan has returned! We’re talking pumpkin custard layered atop Mexican custard, served in a mason jar topped with whipped cream. The Sicilian Baker in Phoenix and Chandler suggests its pumpkin spice cannoli, one of over a dozen cream flavors for a create-your-own-cannoli experience. Choose your own shell size, cream flavor and toppings.


Holiday Breads

Mediterra Bakehouse in Coolidge offers four, handmade, seasonal breads at upcoming farmer’s markets in Uptown, Old Town Scottsdale, High Street, Carefree, Park West Peoria, Arrowhead Mall and Sterling Grove on various days of the week in November and December. Choose from Pumpkin Boule (nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted Red Garnet yams); Fig & Anise (dried Black Mission figs, dates and anise seeds); Chocolate Cherry Levain (French chocolate and dried Michigan cherries);  and Christmas Stollen (traditional German-style loaf with a long list of ingredients that sound like a really delish fruit cake, plus vanilla bean, ground cinnamon, dark rum and a decadent marzipan filling).

So many choices to fall in love. Most of the above offer dine-in or take out, but check respective websites to confirm. Enjoy!

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