Independent concepts use the fall flavor for drinks, dessert and even bao

Large chains are well underway to introducing pumpkin-spice-inspired menu items this season, and independent operators are following suit with an array of cocktails, lattes, desserts and even bao boasting the popular fall flavor. See the pumpkin spice promos.

For pumpkin-spice latte lovers, Beatrix, with three locations in Chicago, offer its own version of the seasonal favorite with a pumpkin-cream nitro coffee. The drink comes with housemade pumpkin-vanilla whipped cream and cinnamon.

Summer House, located in Chicago and North Bethesda, Md., is baking pumpkin-cheesecake cookies for the fall crowds.

This Chicago dining destination is putting a Chinese-inspired twist on pumpkin with a new dish, roasted pumpkin with Sichuan peppercorns, pomegranate seeds and fennel fronds.

Joe’s Seafood, located in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Chicago, is celebrating pumpkin spice season with a special dessert — a pumpkin chiffon pie topped with maple syrup, spiced walnuts and whipped cream.