By Laura Catherine Hermoza
Pumpkin is back in season! From deliciously flavored drinks, baked goods and plenty of other pumpkin picks, pumpkin is all the rage. And for those living in D.C. there are numerous possibilities for where to go to get your pumpkin fix. Here are five great suggestions.
1110 Vermont Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Lincoln Restaurant is renowned for featuring some of the freshest seasonal plates around the city, so it should come as no surprise that they have several pumpkin fixings on their fall menu. From desserts, salads, and entrees, you’re in for plenty of pumpkin. The Pumpkin and Swiss Chard Caesar comes complete with granola, shaved fermented pumpkin, cinnamon raisins, Parmesan and maple dressing. Other delicious seasonal offerings include, but are not limited to the Red Wine Goat Gnudi with pumpkin batons, Sherry Cinnamon Braised Short Ribs with turmeric pumpkin gratin, Charred Pumpkin and Pumpkin Risotto. Pumpkin Pavlova makes a sweet seasonal sendoff with pumpkin soda, cranberry foam, piecrust and ginger aerated cake.
1412 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
You don’t have to wait for autumn to enjoy pumpkin possibilities here because it’s always on the menu. This D.C. Thai restaurant features many unique eats, including both conventional and less conventional cuisine. The pumpkin empanadas, for example, may be an atypical find but remain a hands-down favorite. Another popular pick is the pumpkin red curry noodle bowl.
1141 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Mari Vanna is all about welcoming diners in with genuine Russian hospitality and treating them to the finest fare in food and drink. And among its many hearty menu selections you’ll find your share of pumpkin fixings. Start off with a soothing bowl of pumpkin soup—a house specialty packed with pumpkin, carrots, onion and garlic, topped off with pumpkin seeds and dished up in a homemade bread bowl. If you like vodka you may want to try PumpKeen—a pumpkin-infused vodka comprising of banana run, birch juice, cinnamon, lemon, apple vodka and butterscotch liqueur.
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901 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314
Get your pumpkin buzz on at Buzz Bakeshop with a wide range of available selections. Their famed cream cheese-filled pumpkin muffins, which come topped with cream cheese frosting and pepitas are always on the menu, but various seasonal offerings can be enjoyed every autumn also. Such indulgences include pumpkin cream cheese whoopie pies, pumpkin spiced lattes and decadent pumpkin pies, with other possible pumpkin picks to be featured throughout the season. The Buzz Bakeshop has two nearby Virginia locations, one in Alexandria and the other in Arlington.
201 F St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Ebenezers Coffeehouse features a wide range of seasonal selections and specialty beverages throughout the year, so it should come as no surprise that you can enjoy a variety of fall favorite flavors. As for pumpkin, they serve up two fan favorite varieties—the pumpkin pie latte and the pumpkin spiced chai. The first is like drinking your favorite autumn dessert while the second combines the spicy essence of one of the world’s most renowned specialty tea beverages with autumn’s most famed flavor. Ebenezers Coffeehouse brews up hot and cold variations of coffees, espressos, teas and more. They proudly serve fair trade “coffee with a cause,” along with baked goods, breakfast and lunch items and bottled drink selections.