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Beyond Pumpkin Pie

Where and how to enjoy your favorite squash at East Bay restaurants.


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Pumpkin doesn’t have to be limited to Thanksgiving dessert. Celebrate the big orange squash all season, with these suggestions for every meal.
 

Breakfast

Pumpkin-spice lattes are all the rage at coffee shops, but for something substantial, check out Venus restaurant’s short stack of spiced heirloom pumpkin pancakes topped with pear compote, walnuts, and crème fraîche. Berkeley, (510) 540-5950, venusrestaurant.net.
 

Lunch

Father Nature’s has served up its brandy-spiked pumpkin soup for more than 30 years. Pair a steaming cup with a salad or sandwich, or bring home a large container to go. Danville, (925) 820-3160, fathernaturesrestaurant.com.
 

Happy Hour

The pumpkin ale at Buffalo Bill’s is America’s original, brewed with roasted pumpkins and spices. Hayward, (510) 886-9823, buffalobillsbrewery.com.

Or opt for a La Calavera cocktail from Metro, with Stoli vanilla vodka, Licor 45, pumpkin puree, orange juice, and cinnamon. Lafayette, (925) 284-4422, metrolafayette.com.
 

Dinner

Kacha Thai serves its pumpkin curry—pumpkin, red curry, sweet basil, and choice of meat—in a hollowed out squash bowl. Walnut Creek, (925) 988-9877, kachathai.com.

Bridges offers pumpkin in two dishes: risotto, with pumpkin seeds and cardamom-spiced crème fraîche; and ravioli, with shrimp and parmesan. Danville, (925) 820-7200, bridgesdanville.com.
 

Dessert

Republic of Cake’s November menu offers a pumpkin spice cupcake with dulce de leche filling and cinnamon buttercream. Orinda, (925) 254-3900, republicofcake.com.

Available year-round is Chow’s ginger cake, with pumpkin gelato and caramel sauce. Danville and Lafayette, chowfoodbar.com.

 

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