Despite sunshine signaling no sign of boots weather on the horizon, it's fall in San Diego. And, this means that pumpkin is popping up in savory and sweet form on menus all around town. When the craving for this seasonal staple strikes, seek out these tasty options.
Pumpkin New York Pizza
Regents Pizzeria is known for New York style pizzas that rival the real deal. They say it's because they only use the best ingredients and make everything they can from scratch. Head over for their take on a fall pie which involves pumpkin, caramelized onion, walnuts and prosciutto topped with fresh arugula.
What's not to love about pairing pumpkin with a panoramic view of the San Diego skyline? Bertrand at Mr. A's seasonal fall menu includes dessert of pumpkin strudel with chai ice cream and a milk chocolate bourbon caramel. It's presented with exactly the flair this popular fine dining restaurant is known for and a perfect way to end a meal.
Bertrand at Mr. A's, 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, Bankers Hill. asrestaurant.com
Ballast Point Pumpkin Down Ice Cream
Crafted Baked Goods proves that beer and ice cream can actually pair well together. Ballast Point's Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale's malty flavor makes a perfect backdrop for a savory and sweet ice cream. It's mixed with dark and white chocolate bark and sprinkled with sea salt and pumpkin seeds. Put it in a cone, if you like.
Crafted Baked Goods, Liberty Public Market, 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. craftedsd.com
Cappellacci is derived from the Italian word "cappello," which means "hat." At cucina SORELLA, this bonnet-shape pasta is stuffed with a pumpkin filling, cooked and then topped with a hearty oxtail ragu. Pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top provide a hint of nuttiness that is also perfect for fall.
cucina SORELLA, 4055 Adams Ave., Kensington. urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-sorella-kensington
Pumpkin Chocolate Truffle
Pastry Chef Jessica Smith is hand-painting a house-made Pumpkin Chocolate Truffle in the classic skull fashion used to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. This delicious treat is paired with a glass of Gran Cosecha Extra Añejo Tequila and available at both Puesto locations.
Puesto, 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, and 1026 Wall St, La Jolla. eatpuesto.com
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Fall happiness definitely comes in ramekin form. Pastry Chef Haley Sipan of barleymash added a little pumpkin puree to her Crème Brûlée and serves it with brown butter cream cheese, whipped cream and chocolate-dipped pumpkin seed brittle.
barleymash, 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. barleymash.com
Katie Dillon is a lifestyle and travel writer who believes that one of the best ways to explore a city is through its food and drinks. Follow her adventures on social media at @lajollamom and send any tasty ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Discover SD