The season is ripe for pumpkin, which is pervading menus across the city. And for good reason. As the weather cools off in L.A., there's nothing better than a comforting ingredient that reminds one of Autumn leaves and foggy mornings. The great thing about pumpkin is its versatility in both desserts and savory dishes, as a side and as a main dish. Compiled below, some of the best pumpkin dishes to try right now around Los Angeles.Read More
16 Pumpkin Dishes to Try Right Now in Los Angeles
Caramel Pumpkin Spiced Cake at Milo & Olive
These simple spiced cakes at Milo & Olive, Zoe Nathan & Josh Loeb's bakery and restaurant in Santa Monica, come topped with thick glaze of caramel and a dense pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin Toast at Hinoki & The Bird
This elegant presentation at David Myers and Kuniko Yagi's sleek new dining den in Century City doens't detract from flavor, especially this pumpkin toast topped with bright orange squash, miso jam and a smear of goat cheese as a base.
Pumpkin Spiced Bombolini at Trattoria Neapolis
Chef Bryant Wigger takes liberty with pumpkin during the holidays, incorporating the ingredient into a classic Italian dessert: bombolini. The diminutive donuts get a sprinkling of sugar and spice then get limoncello and pumpkin crema sauces before a dusting of crunchy pepita seeds.
Pumpkin Empanada at La Monarca Bakery
This traditional Mexican bakery makes a pumpkin empanada using pan dulce dough and a pumpking filling seasoned with cinnamon.
Pumpkin Agnolotti at Spago
Made with a sage butter sauce, these simple pillows of pasta filled with pumpkin get a dusting of parmiggiano reggiano for an extra salty boost to counter the sweet squash.
Locro de Quinoa at Picca Peruvian Cantina
This fantastic comfort dish by Ricardo Zarate is one of the most compelling dishes to order at Picca, where bite-size chunks of pumpkin stud a stew of choclo, Peruvian corn, crispy tomato, and parmesan cheese.
Pumpkin Casonsei at Scarpetta
These pumpkin tortellini by Scott Conant is filled with the squash, ricotta cheese, and amaretto cookie crumbs before a light butter sauce binds it all together.
Pumpkin Gnocchi at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
This seasonal side dish comes with brown buttered gnocchi laced with pumpkin and candied ginger for a great side dish to steaks or other entrees at this Bunker Hill steakhouse. Available at dinner for $9.
Roast Pumpkin at Girasol
This roasted pumpkin dish by chef C.J. Jacobson at this Studio City restaurant uses foraged California buckwheat, farmer's market pumpkin and a base of condense milk as well as a topping of walnuts.
Pumpkin Pizza at Pitfire Pizza
A seasonal classic at Pitfire Pizzas around L.A., this pie gets studded with butternut squash, slightly bitter swiss chard, and crunchy pepitas. Brown butter and a mix of three cheeses melds everything together.
Pumpkin Tortellini at M.B. Post
Chef David Lefevre prepares a simple Japanese tortellini pasta with sage brown butter, poached pears, cranberry, blue cheese for a melange of sweet and savory that's perfect for capturing the flavors of Autumn.
Salmon-stuffed Pumpkin at Gladstones Malibu
Unusual yes, but this salmon-stuffed organic pumpkin gets topped with a white cheddar gratin, spinach, and red beet creme fraiche for a comfort dish to enjoy by the sea.
Pumpkin Pie Cookie at Milk Jar Cookies
Pumpkin pie gets a remix at Milk Jar, one of the best purveyors of large, chewy cookies that are best fresh of the oven. Topped with spiced pecans, and paired well with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream from Fosselman's, they're only around until Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Sage Ravioli at Fig & Olive
These ravioli get filled with free-range chicken, ricotta, and charmoula, then drizzled with an pumpkin olive oil emulsion, toasted pumpkin seeds, and aged balsamic.
Pumpkin Macaron at 'Lette Macarons
A great seasonal treat, macaron purveyor 'Lette is bringing out their bright orange pumpkin macarons that would be a treat for any office or Halloween party.
Pumpkin Honore at Gorge
This elegant dessert is a construction of pillowy choux pastry, vanilla chantilly and pumpkin custard that is a great finish to the refined cooking of Elia Aboumrad and pastry chef Uyen Nguyen at this West Hollywood restaurant.[Photo: KevinEats]