Every fall, pumpkin dishes sprout up all over Chicago. Whether you’re looking for a pumpkin latte, pumpkin pancakes or a dish that’s sweet or savory, you can find it at one of these five restaurants around Chicago. Just look at this past list of pumpkin dishes for more ideas.
2701 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
If there’s one dish this Lincoln Park Italian restaurant is known for, it’s its award-winning pumpkin ravioli. Chef Anthony’s creation is at once sweet and creamy, perfectly paired with butternut squash, topped with roasted pine nuts and served with just enough burnt butter sauce. Even better? This Cappellacci di Zucca dish is available any time of year.
1 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
When cool weather descends, warm up with a large serving of pumpkin soup at this charming Loop restaurant. Neither thick nor watery, the soup not only has the perfect consistency, it also has just enough spice. Over the years, it’s had a variety of incantations; one year it came with candied pumpkin seeds and ancho-creme fraiche. Plus, the soup isn’t the only pumpkin-related menu item. In the past, the chefs have offered pumpkin salads, savory dishes like scallops served with pumpkin and desserts, including a pumpkin mousse tart.
2046 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Love pancakes? Then head over to either one of Toast’s locations (one in Bucktown, the other in Lincoln Park) for its pancake orgy. And, yes, that’s really what it’s called. The pancakes’ flavors change depending on the season; and every October, pumpkin pancakes make their way on to the menu, along with other seasonal flavors. Want only the pumpkin pancakes? You can do that too.
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Cafe des Architectes
20 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
For an elegant French-inspired dining experience, look no further than this restaurant located in the Sofitel Hotel in downtown Chicago. As Chef Greg Biggers sources many of his ingredients locally, from Green City Market no less, you can bet there will be a pumpkin dish or two on the menu this year. In past years, savory dishes have featured a pumpkin puree alongside lamb. But it’s the desserts that are to die for. Spoil yourself with dishes like the pumpkin roulade, which comes with mulled huckleberries as well as pepitas granola and smoked maple ice cream — a truly unique dish.
Bang Bang Pie Shop
2051 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Although Bang Bang Pie Shop has only been in business since 2012, it has become one of the best shops in the Windy City. That’s due, in large part, to its seasonal pies. Come fall, look for its amazing pumpkin pie, which, in the past, has been light and creamy and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. As with all of its pies, grab one by the slice or as a whole pie… but go early, because they are known to sell out.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s writing about a variety of topics for numerous websites and blogs, and working part-time at a culinary vacation company based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at Examiner.com.