As the leaves begin to fall and the days get shorter, it’s that time of year when the pumpkin spice craze sweeps across the country. While the iconic pumpkin spice latte may be the poster child of fall flavors, there’s a world of mouthwatering pumpkin-infused treats that go beyond the coffee beverage we all know and love.
From coast to coast, here’s where to find some of the most incredible pumpkin-flavored treats in the USA.
Slammers Cafe’s REAL Pumpkin Spiced Latte (Los Angeles)
Tucked in the back of Brain Dead Studios, Slammers Cafe is an outdoor coffee bar serving various espresso beverages and movie theater classics like hot dogs and nachos with a gourmet twist. Slammers’ REAL Pumpkin Spiced Latte is a dairy-free concoction infused with real pumpkin and dusted with a signature espresso brain design – an ode to the reclaimed movie theater that showcases all things weird and wonderful.
Southern France Patisserie’s Pumpkin Spice Gateaux (Chicago)
Travel to Paris without setting foot outside Chicago with a trip to Southern France Patisserie, the brainchild of Chef Amanda Tommey Terbush. While Southern France Patisserie is best known for its sensational (often sold-out) croissants, its Thanksgiving menu is a seasonal hit. The Pumpkin Spice Gateaux is a French-inspired cake made with roasted pumpkin mousse, milk chocolate caramel crunch, and a vanilla spice cake cloaked in a caramelized white chocolate glaze.
Cafe Flora’s Pumpkin Croissants (Seattle)
Set in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, cozy Cafe Flora exudes welcoming vibes and serves vegetarian eats like Italian black bean burgers and biscuits with gravy. Its on-site bakehouse offers an assortment of baked goods, from artisanal bread to French pastries. Each year, Cafe Flora expands its menu to celebrate autumn flavors with delicacies like the Pumpkin Croissant – a flaky pastry featuring sugar pie pumpkins adorned with the delightful crunch of toasted pepitas and almonds.
Omelet House’s Pumpkin Nut Bread (Las Vegas)
Since 1979, the family-owned Omelet House has been whipping up some of the best breakfasts in Sin City – from comforting classics like homemade corned beef hash and eggs to upscale delights like lobster benedict. The freshly baked pumpkin nut bread is a crowd favorite at this hotspot. You can order it alone or pair this nutty confection with one of the many “gigantic omelets” on the menu. Ask for it warm with a dollop of butter on top – it’s pumpkin perfection!
Sugar Sweet Sunshine’s Pumpkin Trifle (New York City)
In the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Sugar Sweet Sunshine is a bakery where visitors are treated to pure dessert bliss. The charming bakery offers an array of delectable bites, from puddings and pies to cupcakes in seventeen flavors – including vegan options like the Vegan French Toast and Vegan Chocolate Explosion. During the fall, tourists and locals flock to get their hands on the Pumpkin Trifle, an indulgent pudding treat that combines velvety whipped cream and eggnog pudding with layers of crumbled pumpkin cake.
Light on the Sugar’s Pumpkin Cream Puff (Orlando)
Light on the Sugar is a family-owned bakery with three locations across Orlando and Jacksonville. Indulge in various Asian-inspired beverages and French pastries, from year-round staples like the Strawberry Nutella Crepe Roll to seasonal favorites like the Key Lime Pie Tart. During the fall season, it’s all about the Pumpkin Cream Puff – a crave-worthy pastry that blends house-made pumpkin pie with whipped pastry cream and is topped with a chocolate ganache.
Flying Biscuit Cafe’s Pumpkin Pancakes (Atlanta)
Soar into breakfast heaven at the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Midtown Atlanta, where the pumpkin pancakes steal the show. With a delightfully fluffy texture and the perfect blend of pumpkin and spice, it’s no wonder why the dish is a seasonal sensation. Order a stack topped with house-made maple butter. While you savor the pancakes, take a moment to explore the rest of the diverse menu, from Southern favorites like chicken and waffles to honey butter chicken benedicts and stuffed French toast!
Blue Star Donuts’ Pumpkin Spice Pecan Old-Fashioned (Portland)
Elevate your taste buds at Blue Star Donuts, a gourmet donut shop with six locations throughout Portland. Among the collection of brioche, buttermilk old-fashioned, and vegan donuts are funky flavors like Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib. Of course, this list is all about pumpkin, and the Pumpkin Spice Pecan Old-Fashioned is a fall standout with its luscious glaze made from pumpkin purée and spices, topped off with brown butter salted pecans. Even better, you can order online and have these delicious treats shipped straight to your home.