Best pumpkin dishes in the Twin Cities, part 1

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So many pumpkins, just one season

Ah, mid-autumn. The time of year best marked by your level of annoyance with people who are still talking about how great it is that pumpkin lattes are back. But savvy foodies know there are so many more interesting uses for this in-season squash than as a syrupy synthetic shot in your morning coffee.

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite seasonal dishes where pumpkin is the star.

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Cream cheese pumpkin bars
Bars Bakery
There's a reason the combination of softly spicy, moist pumpkin cake and subtly salty cream cheese frosting remains an absolute classic: It's perfect. And no one executes it more perfectly than Bars Bakery in St. Paul. Prefer your pumpkin in a crisper, chewier form? Bars makes fantastic pumpkin cookies too.


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Harvest pumpkin soup
Meritage

Chef Russell Klein's signature fall soup, based on his mother's recipe, first gained popularity when he introduced it to regulars at W.A. Frost. It hasn't changed much since then, and that's a good thing. This velvety, buttery, nutty soup sets the standard for all others. Plus, it comes in an individual terrine that looks like a pumpkin. We can't ignore cute.


Pumpkin-buckwheat waffles
Hot Plate

The kitschy diner serves up plenty of potpies, meatloaf, and other '50s classics, but their take on a regular breakfast waffle is anything but old-fashioned. The buckwheat flour gives more density and chew to the batter, but it's all the pie-inspired flavors in the smooth pumpkin puree that keep it really interesting. Be sure to get it with the whipped cream so as not to be too healthy.


Pumpkin curry
Amazing Thailand

This one is a bit of a cheat, since the restaurant has it on the menu year-round, but Amazing Thailand's gorgeous, generous pumpkin curry is truly amazing. Served in a whole, hollowed out pumpkin, the dish is finished with coconut milk, lots of other veggies, and a good amount of spice.


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Pumpkin eggnog doughnut holes
Mojo Monkey

Just because they're small doesn't mean they aren't mighty. Mojo Monkey's cake doughnut holes have a nice fried crunch to the outside and a good amount of nutmeg to help evoke all the flavors of at least two cold-weather holidays.


Pumpkin handpie
Birchwood Cafe

Flaky cream cheese pastry envelopes a mix of roasted pumpkin, onions, turnips, and sharp gruyere cheese in this delicious savory turnover. To balance out the richness, it's finished with a slightly sour elderberry gastrique and served with a bit of homemade applesauce.


We've got another installment of the roundup set for tomorrow, but what are some of your fall pumpkin favorites?


Location Info

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

Mojo Monkey Donuts

1169 7th St. W., St Paul, MN

Category: Restaurant

Amazing Thailand

3024 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

Hot Plate

5204 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

Meritage

410 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, MN

Category: Restaurant

Bars Bakery

612 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
marleybigelow
marleybigelow

@maxxpowermn @citypages These are less offensive picks than I've seen, but as a general rule I'm avoiding all pumpkin treats at this time.

omnipitous
omnipitous

I'm sure it will be in the next installment but just to make sure:  Haute Dish's Pumpkin Curry is absolutely fantastic.  It is back on the menu for fall and I go in there more often this time of year just to order it.  A well crafted Panang-style curry served in a small carved out pumpkin.  Various veggies, tofu cubes and shrimp fill out the lick-the-pumpkin-clean tasty curry.  YUM!

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