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Best Pumpkin Treats In Washington DC

October 16, 2013 8:00 AM

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Dolci Gelati (Credit, Priya Konings)

Fall is a season of change in D.C., with falling leaves, school openings, cooler temperatures and the beginning of the holiday season. Fall also means a slew of fruits and vegetables come into season, including apples, pomegranates, cauliflower and pumpkin. Pumpkins may bring to mind images of smiling jack-o-lanterns, but they happen to be delicious and nutritious as well. Here is a list of some of the best pumpkin treats in D.C., so you can be sure to take advantage of this super food this autumn. Some of these dishes are sweet and some are savory, but all are guaranteed to be tasty.

Dolci Gelati (Credit, Priya Konings)

Dolci Gelati (Credit, Priya Konings)

Dolci Gelati Cafe
7000 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(240) 418-8359
www.dolcigelati.net

Possibly the most tempting pumpkin treat available in D.C. this fall is the pumpkin pie ice cream sold by local gelato company Dolci Gelati. One of the reasons this ice cream tastes so good is because it has been made with fresh pumpkin that has been locally purchased. Owner Gianluigi Dellaccio roasts the pumpkin until it is soft, infuses it with earthy spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, adds the dairy and thus creates a creamy gelato that is perfectly reminiscent of mom’s homemade pumpkin pie. Enjoy a scoop for $3.75 in the store or from the new food truck. You can also buy a carton of it at your local Whole Foods Market.

Tabard Inn
1739 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1277
www.tabardinn.com

Luscious and decadent is the only way to describe the pumpkin marshmallow cheesecake at the Tabard Inn. This quaint venue is known for good food and rich desserts, and its pumpkin cheesecake is no exception. Velvety soft and topped with a sweet, rum-infused crème anglaise, a smooth custard, this dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth and your pumpkin craving. It is available for $9. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee, a glass of dessert wine or even a scoop of ice cream.

Related: Best Pumpkin Dishes In DC

Sweetbites
(703) 371-7148
www.sweetbitesdesserts.comFor the perfect pumpkin cupcake, you will need to track down the Sweetbites food truck. Its pumpkin spice cupcake tastes like fall, with the warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg. Soft and moist, it is utterly delicious. The frosting is a rich and tart vanilla cream cheese which is an ideal match for the sweet pumpkin flavor. Enjoy one for $3. You can also pre-order two dozen from the website if you want to serve them at a party or gift them to a friend.

Mama’s Donut Bites
(703) 608-7056
www.mamasdonutbites.com

Mama’s donut bites are small, cute and perfectly pop-able. Best of all, she features one in a pumpkin spice flavor, which may be the best of all of her mini donuts. Freshly fried on her food truck, the pumpkin spice bites are sweet and tasty with added texture and flavor from the cinnamon sugar mixture that enrobes them. You can also take advantage of optional toppings offered such as sprinkles, candy pieces, frosting, chocolate syrup, honey and caramel. Enjoy six donut bites for $3 or 12 for $5.

Neyla (Credit, Priya Konings)

Neyla (Credit, Priya Konings)

Neyla
3206 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6353
www.neyla.com

For a savory pumpkin treat, try the kibbeh at Neyla. Crunchy on the outside with a soft pumpkin and mushroom filling, these deep-fried dumplings are pretty irresistible. Ground-up walnuts and truffle oil make the dish even better. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar serves as a dipping sauce. Served at brunch for $8, with four per order, you will enjoy them immensely. Consider partaking in the $35 brunch deal and you can order as many as you want.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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