You’re probably aware we’re in the throes of pumpkin season. Menus at restaurants, bars and bakeries — and, of course, Starbucks — are filling up with the orange gourds in every way, shape and form. But there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the season beyond the cloying pumpkin spice standard. Here are 17 pumpkin dishes and drinks you should be ordering right now in Chicago.
Tiramisu at il Porcellino
An Italian classic fuses with harvest season at River North’s il Porcellino. New to the dessert cart this season, pumpkin tiramisu is a cozy riff on the staple, sporting layers of spice-roasted pumpkin, espresso, lady fingers, mascarpone and nutmeg.
Pumpkins are rolling all over the menus at Beatrix, both in beverage form and dessert. For a caffeine jolt, try the pumpkin cream nitro coffee, which features housemade pumpkin and vanilla whipped cream. It pairs nicely with a slice of pumpkin pecan pie, made with shortbread crust, pecan filling, pumpkin mousse, cinnamon and whipped cream.
Pie at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s may be best known for its seafood and steaks, but the perpetual River North hot spot is also famed for its sky-high pies. For the fall months, one of the standouts is its pumpkin pie, an apt homage to a classic with graham cracker crust, pumpkin chiffon, housemade whipped cream spiced walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.