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16 Pumpkin Dishes to Try Right Now in Los Angeles

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eaterla2008_10_hasmapspumpkinmap.jpgThe 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.

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1. Caramel Pumpkin Spiced Cake at Milo & Olive

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2723 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-6776
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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.

2. Pumpkin Toast at Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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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.

3. Pumpkin Spiced Bombolini at Trattoria Neapolis

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336 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 792-3000
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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.

4. Pumpkin Empanada at La Monarca Bakery

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1300 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 451-1114
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This traditional Mexican bakery makes a pumpkin empanada using pan dulce dough and a pumpking filling seasoned with cinnamon.

5. Pumpkin Agnolotti at Spago

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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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.

6. Locro de Quinoa at Picca Peruvian Cantina

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
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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.

7. Pumpkin Casonsei at Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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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.

8. Pumpkin Gnocchi at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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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.

9. Roast Pumpkin at Girasol

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11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
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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.

10. Pumpkin Pizza at Pitfire Pizza

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801 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 544-6240

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.

11. Pumpkin Tortellini at M.B.  Post

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1142 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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.

12. Salmon-stuffed Pumpkin at Gladstones Malibu

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17300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-3474
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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.

13. Pumpkin Pie Cookie at Milk Jar Cookies

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5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9200
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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.

14. Pumpkin Sage Ravioli at Fig & Olive

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8490 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
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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.

15. Pumpkin Macaron at 'Lette Macarons

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122 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 469-3620

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.

16. Pumpkin Honore at Gorge

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8917 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-6328

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]

1. Caramel Pumpkin Spiced Cake at Milo & Olive

2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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.

2723 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

2. Pumpkin Toast at Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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.

10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

3. Pumpkin Spiced Bombolini at Trattoria Neapolis

336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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.

336 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

4. Pumpkin Empanada at La Monarca Bakery

1300 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

This traditional Mexican bakery makes a pumpkin empanada using pan dulce dough and a pumpking filling seasoned with cinnamon.

1300 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA

5. Pumpkin Agnolotti at Spago

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6. Locro de Quinoa at Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

7. Pumpkin Casonsei at Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Pumpkin Gnocchi at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

9. Roast Pumpkin at Girasol

11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

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.

11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602

10. Pumpkin Pizza at Pitfire Pizza

801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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.

801 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

11. Pumpkin Tortellini at M.B.  Post

1142 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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.

1142 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

12. Salmon-stuffed Pumpkin at Gladstones Malibu

17300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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.

17300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

13. Pumpkin Pie Cookie at Milk Jar Cookies

5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Pumpkin Sage Ravioli at Fig & Olive

8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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.

8490 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

15. Pumpkin Macaron at 'Lette Macarons

122 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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.

122 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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16. Pumpkin Honore at Gorge

8917 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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]

8917 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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