Everything’s popping up pumpkins—luckily, local chefs and bartenders are saving the squash varietal from the foamy depths of the latte and putting it in the limelight with a cornucopia of gourd-focused dishes for the fall weather. All manner of squash brethren can be found on plates, and in cups, around the city, so take a peek below for your best bets during peak pumpkin season.
Area Four Cambridge
500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-758-4444
Area Four’s four-squash soup will do the trick this fall—butternut, buttercup, acorn and carnival varietals are pureed and topped with a seasonal fruit compote made of cranberries, apples, pears and maple syrup.
25 Edwin H Land Boulevard Cambridge, MA 02141 617-868-4444
Bambara plates up fall flavors with just a hint of pumpkin for good measure—the shaved fall vegetable salad shows off the harvest with farm-fresh produce, dried fruits, Asian pears and a serving of pumpkin seeds in a mustard vinaigrette.
44 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-868-2255
Chef Sara Kotcher’s pumpkin pie certainly ain’t the store-bought dessert you grew up with. This take on the Thanksgiving table favorite is a linear work of art that incorporates pecan mousse, maple anglaise, whipped cream, cardamom and pecan Cracker Jacks.
Menton’s savory foie feature puts the fancy in fall. A tart shell is filled with foie gras mousse, then topped with pumpkin puree, marinated mushrooms and more foie (this time, it’s seared). Toasted pecans and a whiskey maple syrup finish off the decadent dish.