On All Things Pumpkin

  • October 12th, 2010
  • American
  • 12 Comments
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Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup at the Park Grill.

One of my favorite things about fall is the sudden appearance of pumpkin food on menus throughout the city.  It’s everywhere! You can get a pumpkin muffin with your morning coffee at Dunkin Doughnuts or find a pumpkin dish on almost any menu at fancier sit-down places.  I’ve just recently started my annual taste test of all things pumpkin this season, and couldn’t wait to share my latest findings.

As far as fast food goes, Corner Bakery’s pumpkin whoopee pie is the front runner.  Two pumpkin cakes are sandwiched together with some excellent white frosting, and the combination is delectable. The whoopee pie is much better than Starbucks’ pumpkin scone, which tends to be dry, or Panera Bread’s pumpkin muffin that has an over cooked powdered sugar top.

My favorite pumpkin dish at a sit-down restaurant so far is the pumpkin soup at the Park Grill. It’s not too sweet or too rich or too thick, and it successfully walks the line between sweet and savory.  A bowl is filling enough for lunch, and a cup makes a nice starter.

What pumpkin dishes do you like? Leave a comment or drop us a line on Twitter. I’ll keep you posted as I eat my way through pumpkin in Chicago!

  1. NikiKatz left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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  2. RichChocolates left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    @ChicagoBites Be sure to try our Pumpkin Pie truffles! Making their first appearance next week.

  3. georgehayman left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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  4. Amber left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I love the pumpkin pie concrete at Andy’s Frozen Custard! You should try it!

  5. Emily left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen. I know it’s a chain, but it’s seriously delish.

  6. ChicagoBites left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    @RichChocolates Pumpkin pie truffles you say? They sound amazing!

  7. RichChocolates left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    @ChicagoBites white choc+ organic pumpkin+spices dipped in dark choc & rolled in Ginger snap crumbs. Tastes just like pumpkin pie!

  8. ChicagoBites left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    @RichChocolates Wow! There are no words.

  9. RichChocolates left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    @ChicagoBites I’ll definitely have some at the @logansqkitchen pastry market October 30!

  10. adamtarkowski left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    @ChicagoBites try @MBurgerChicago ‘s pumpkin caramel “secret” shake. Not a true pumpkin flavor like Culvers, but it’s in the city limits.

  11. ChicagoBites left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    @RichChocolates Good to know!

  12. ChicagoBites left a comment on October 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    @adamtarkowski Pumpkin caramel secret shakes sound intriguing! Will try one and report back! Thanks for the tip.

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