While signature pumpkin spice lattes have already hit menus and the mouths of many eager coffee fanatics, fall’s fab ingredient, pumpkin, is popping up elsewhere around San Diego. Whether businesses are keeping their concoctions classic or adding their own modern twist, pumpkin is in full force. So, get out there and don’t wait for the leaves to change because some of these treats won’t stick around past Halloween.
Who says a taste of pumpkin pie can only be had for dessert? Hopefully no one in their right mind. Luckily, Cafe 222 offers guests a taste of America’s classic in their Pumpkin Waffles. While they’re offered all year, the moist and flaky waffles are an instant taste of the fall season from the first bite.
222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902, cafe222.com
With seasonal concoctions arriving weekly, the Donut Bar continues to surprise customers with delicious desserts. The acclaimed shop specializes in larger than life doughnuts, but the recently debuted Pumpkin Spiced Cinnamon Rolls are creating all the buzz right now. Topped with a vanilla drizzle and brown sugar crumbles, customers will wonder why pumpkin isn’t a staple in every cinnamon roll. Before heading over, be sure to check the Donut Bar’s menu to ensure they’re in stock.
631 B St., downtown, 619.255.6360, donutbar.com
With autumn in full swing, Pappalecco is debuting their newest signature gelato flavor to give customers a taste of fall on a cone. Throughout November, the Tuscan-inspired cafe will serve Pumpkin Walnut Nutella gelato to guests eager to try the unique flavor combination. Guests can opt to try the seasonal flavor in a cup, cone, gelato croissant sandwich or affogato (scoop of gelato in a shot of espresso).
Cardiff by the Sea: 2101 San Elijo Ave., 760.230.2940; Del Mar: 12925 El Camino Real, 858.847.2910; Hillcrest: 3650 Fifth Ave., 619.906.5556; Kensington: 4202 Adams Ave., 619.255.4770; Little Italy: 1602 State St., 619.238.4590, pappalecco.com
Pop Pie Co.
While creative pumpkin concoctions are great, it’s hard to argue pumpkin pie isn’t a true American classic. At Pop Pie Co., guests can indulge in mini versions of the dessert that are made with a house pumpkin blend and topped with a cream cheese frosting. If one isn’t enough, guests can opt to take home a dozen.
4404 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.501.4440, poppieco.com
Street Side Thai Kitchen
As the days grow shorter and the nights become cooler, a warm, flavorful plate of curry might be the perfect dish to top off a fall day. At North Park’s Street Side Thai Kitchen, chefs offer eight curry options, including the classic Pumpkin Curry. Served with peas, zucchini, bell peppers and a choice of meat, this dish is redefining the term “comfort food.”
3025 University Ave., North Park, 619.228.9208, streetsidethaikitchen.com
Benecotto Italian Kitchen
“Stuffed” pasta always sounds delicios. But when it’s stuffed with pumpkin, it’s an autumn game changer. Nestled in Little Italy, Benecotto Italian Kitchen offers Tortelli di Zucca, a hand-made ravioli filled with pumpkin and a blend of cheeses. It’s finished off with bacon and a creamy butter and sage sauce to end the perfect Italian meal.
750 Fir. St., Little Italy, 619.450.4786, lovebencotto.com
Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa
With the holidays just around the corner, everyone will be trying to look their best with glowing, youthful skin. This year, the Spa at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort is offering an anti-aging Pumpkin Yam Treatment. Guests can choose between a 50 or 80-minute treatment to rejuvenate their skin and prepare them for the spotlight as the holidays quickly approach.
2000 Second St., Coronado, 619.522.3043, marriott.com