Whether you’re looking for a tasty pumpkin dish, visiting from out-of-town and trying to find a healthy restaurant or just on the hunt for some inspiration for your own holiday feast, these pumpkin-friendly dishes gathered by blogger Tara Sowlaty of the Tara List will guide you to some of our favorite healthy restaurants around the country will totally inspire you to cook—and eat!
HanGawi/Franchia– (NYC) These sister vegetarian Korean restaurants in NYC have mastered the Kabocha squash pumpkin. From soups, to pancakes, to hot stone pots, they’ve got the goods when it comes to healthy, nutrient dense pumpkin dishes.
Souen– (NYC) This Macrobiotic haven in NYC offers freshly steamed kabocha pumpkin. Once mixed with their wonderful sauces, the pumpkin is the perfect hearty, comfort food for those chilly days
Shojin– (LA) Shojin is a vegan pumpkin heaven! They’ve got wonderful, creative pumpkin applications such as Pumpkin Croquettes, Pumpkin Tempura, Pumpkin-Tempeh sushi, and Pumpkin Cheesecake
– Inaka – (LA) Inaka has a wonderful Kabocha pumpkin soup that is soothing, comforting, and healthful… perfect for the chilly LA nights
Urth Caffe– (LA) If you’re ready to try one of the best pumpkin pies on the planet, head on over to Urth Caffe for their Pumpkin Pie. It comes vegan as well; it’s luxurious, rich, creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. This pumpkin pie is the real deal, wholesome, organic, fresh ingredients that shine
BabyCakes– (NYC, LA, FL) Healthy pumpkin sweets are always a treat! Babycakes has all vegan, mostly gluten free, pumpkin treats such as pumpkin doughnuts, cupcakes, breads, and madeleines. The bakers here are always coming up with creative pumpkin applications, so watch out for them throughout the season
Hugo’s– (LA) If you’re in the mood for some pancakes, Hugo’s vegetarian Pumpkin Pancakes are fluffy and stacked with orange slices, currants, and organic maple syrup… Mmmm
Jitlada Thai– (San Fran) The Pumpkin Curry is out of this world; smooth, creamy, a bit sweet, but very savory. Made with chunks of pumpkin, with mild red curry, and coconut milk, it’s just wonderful
Mana Food Bar– (Chicago) Get ready to be wowed by this unique pumpkin creation. Mana’s healthful Pumpkin Tamale, made with pumpkin and roasted jalapeno, topped with pumpkin seed mole, is savory and scrumptious
Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery – (TX, NYC) Tu-Lu’s little Pumpkin loaf is so moist and delicious you’d never guess it was gluten free and dairy free. With just the right amount of spice and pumpkin flavor, you’ll love this fall treat. They’ve also got seasonal gluten free pumpkin pie!
Plum Bistro – (Seattle) This lovely local, sustainable, vegan, organic restaurant in Seattle treats pumpkin in such a lovely manner. Their special Quinoa-Stuffed Baby Pumpkin is sensational, as is their homemade Pumpkin Sage Ravioli with roasted fennel cream sauce, maple smoked tofu and pumpkin. They’ve even got a Kombucha cocktail!
REAL FOOD DAILY– (LA) Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake; it’s a creamy sensation of pumpkin puree with soy whip, and sprinkled with nutmeg. Cheesecake without all the guilt!