Download izm3fo

Pumpkin old-fashioned doughnuts from Top Pot.

Yes, we’ve officially entered fall, best embodied by cozy scarves, crunchy leaves, and, of course, the pumpkin spice latte. But you don’t need Starbucks to get your pumpkin fix—here are seven places serving up everyone’s favorite squash in various forms.

Juicebox Cafe

Are you anxious about abandoning your PSL? Fear not, because a pumpkin shake is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the season's buzziest latte. Capitol Hill’s Juicebox takes pumpkins from Local Roots Farm and crafts a spiced pumpkin butter, which is then blended with dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepita date milk. And if you still need some caffeine, you can add espresso for an extra buck. Coffee fix, check. Pumpkin fix, double check.

Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt

When it comes to combining Greek yogurt and seasonal flavors, Ellenos does it best. Case in point: their new pumpkin pie flavor. The base is the same as always—yogurt and honey—but then it starts to get interesting when they swirl in pumpkin spice. At the small stand in Pike Place Market, all that goodness is topped with large chunks of Costco pumpkin pie. As for the other locations, they make their own crumble and pumpkin puree to sprinkle on top. You win either way, especially because you can feel mildly healthy despite eating a deconstructed pumpkin pie.


Earlier this week Skillet decided to ring in fall with a roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad at its Ballard and Capitol Hill locations. And while we all know that pumpkin is perfection in and of itself, it doesn’t hurt that the salad’s topped with goat cheese, pomegranate, toasted coconut, mint, and a spiced orange vinaigrette. From bright reds to deep oranges, the salad practically screams fall, but you're in luck if you want the pumpkin craze to continue all year—the salad will be around up until March.

Central District Ice Cream Company

If you eschew "warm and cozy" and prefer your pumpkin on the frosty side, then Central District Ice Cream’s new pumpkin pie cheesecake flavor is right up your alley. The shop starts by making its own pumpkin puree to create a pumpkin ice cream. The next step is crafting a cream cheese flavor, and then swirling the two together. Of course it wouldn’t be cheesecake without a crust, and the scoop shop obeys—they make a real graham cracker crust, then crumble it into the mixture. And yes, there’s another seven seasonal flavors for the month of October, but are you really going to get a guava ice cream in fall? It’s practically heresy.

Tavolàta Capitol Hill

Though ice cream, yogurt, and shakes certainly show off pumpkin's sweet side, we’d be underestimating the squash if we were to ignore how well it pairs with savory dishes. After all, pumpkins are vegetables. Accordingly, Tavolàta Capitol Hill is presenting a new pasta dish: pumpkin ravioli with roasted onion brodo, pumpkin seed oil, thyme, and Parmesan. Pumpkin and ravioli—name a more iconic and homey fall duo…we’ll wait.

Top Pot Doughnuts

The pumpkin-spice-everything trend might have started 14 years ago, but that doesn’t mean pumpkin can’t be married with treats that vastly predate the early aughts: Take Top Pot’s pumpkin old-fashioned doughnuts, which were rolled out just a few weeks ago and will remain through December 31. Top Pot’s been making them since 2008 and their flagship store on Fifth Avenue cranks out about 250 each day. All that practice becomes clear once you bite into one of the doughnuts, which are made with real canned pumpkin and then topped with a pumpkin spice glaze. The end result is a spicy pumpkin treat that’s not cloyingly sweet. And if you happen to need a beverage, Top Pot also has—dare I say it—a pumpkin spice latte. The syrup is made in house from heated pumpkin puree, so no, this isn’t your ordinary PSL.

Volunteer Park Cafe

Some people dabble in the pumpkin trend, and others dive in head first. If you belong to the latter category, then step right up and partake in Volunteer Park Cafe’s Pot o’ Gold—a roasted sugar pie pumpkin loaded with polenta, fontina and mushrooms, and then topped with a creamy rosemary sauce. Sugar pie pumpkins are on the smaller side—they weigh up to five pounds—but that doesn’t take away from the fact that you’ll have a whole pumpkin on your plate. So get to carving—but with a fork rather than those flimsy grocery store knives. (Seriously, how are they useful?)

Filed under
Show Comments
In this Article

Editor’s Pick

Volunteer Park Cafe and Marketplace

$$ American/New American 1501 17th Ave E

Like the lovably daffy neighbor who makes you crazy but unites the community, this charming corner cafe-slash-bakery amid the residences of North Capitol Hil...

Editor’s Pick

Top Pot Doughnuts

$ Bakery/Pastry Shop Multiple Locations

In Seattle, what do people with piercings, diaper bags, blue hair, briefcases, bike shorts, Republican Party memberships, and On the Boards season tickets ha...

Editor’s Pick


$$$ Italian Multiple Locations

Ethan Stowell’s eldest restaurant is also his most overtly Italian, a house of fresh housemade pastas, tossed simply with elegant enhancements like veal brai...

Central District Ice Cream Company

$ Dessert, Ice Cream 2016 E Union

Pizzelle ice cream sandwiches! Unicorn-shaped macarons! Plus a case of rotating flavors with an Asian street food bent, like smoked sweet tea or pineapple li...

Editor’s Pick

Skillet Diner

$$ All Day Breakfast, American/New American Multiple Locations

It’s the pleasant-looking character actor of Seattle dining—able to slay hangovers via pork belly and cornmeal waffles, make a kale salad feel decadent, and ...


$ Breakfast/Brunch Multiple Locations

Describe the cult of Ellenos to the uninitiated, and it does sound funny. It’s just yogurt after all, the stuff of Jamie Lee Curtis ads and mournfully virtuo...

Editor’s Pick

Juicebox Cafe

$$ Vegetarian 1517 12th Ave Ste 100

The healthy juice trend has made major inroads in places like Portland, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. And this Capitol Hill outpost for liquid combos, like one ...