Dump that PSL. As we enter the height of pumpkin spice season, local restaurants are infusing dishes with authentic fall flavors that you won’t find in a chain restaurant.
Before your next Halloween outing or promenade through the pumpkin patch, dig into these dishes + drinks that capture the cozy essence of autumn in New England.
🍽️ Decadent dinners
- Black Lamb combines the finest flavors from the farm with its apple cider glazed lamb belly, complete with an onion soubise, apple mostarda, and braised red cabbage.
- Sample seasonal foie gras from Little Donkey in Cambridge, which layers the customary French dish with a bed of caramel apple bread, peppered with notes of pistachio and lemon balm.
- Allston newcomer Fields West makes a bold statement with its pumpkin sashimi, blending kabocha (read: Japanese winter squash) miso puree, black sesame salt, and micro greens.
🍪 Sweet treats
- Pears takes center stage at Mooo Beacon Hill’s dessert menu, where the Fall Pear combines pear mousse + compote with cinnamon shortbread and cinnamon-whipped ganache.
- Munch on white, orange, and purple-sprinkle “Hocus Pocus” cookies from Top Shelf Bakery that come packaged in trios — just like the Sanderson sisters.
- Overwhelm your senses with a Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar from Union Square Donuts, which pack hunks of fluffy brioche dough with cheesecake filling and notes of pumpkin, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A caramel glaze and homemade gingersnap cookie crumble top off this monster mash of flavors.
🍸 Seasonal sips
- Head to Fat Baby to toss back an Apple Jack, a concoction of house-infused cinnamon tequila, lime, triple sec, apple cider, and agave, served with a rim made from — what else? — crushed Apple Jack cereal.
- Ramsay’s Kitchen is serving a chilling new cocktail called The Witch’s Elixir, a potent potion of Putnam rye whiskey, Montenegro amaro, demerara sugar, and egg whites, plus a dash of cinnamon.