’Tis the season for the warm, spiced flavor of pumpkin…in everything. The beloved fall squash is hitting menus across town, and here are some sweet and savory treats you simply must sample.
Sit Stay Cafe
What is fall without a delicious pumpkin latte? The very dog-friendly Sit Stay Cafe in downtown is brewing a Pumpkin Pie Latte—topped with whipped cream if you prefer—along with a seasonal pumpkin spice coffee.
328 11th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
SeaLegs Wine Bar
Huntington Beach’s favorite wine bar never disappoints, be its curated wine selection or inventive California fare. This season, they’ve added a Pumpkin French Toast special to their brunch menu. Pair it with “The Basic Bitch,” a pumpkin spice cocktail of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka, housemade horchata, and pumpkin puree, topped with whipped cream and nutmeg, or their pumpkin infused bourbon—poured all month long.
21022 Beach Boulevard, #105, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hours: Monday-Friday, 4-11:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Every fall Bruxie features its signature seasonal treat: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bruxie. Sandwiched between two crispy Belgian waffles await layers of spiced cheesecake filling, candied pecans, and ginger snap cookie crumble. A generous dollop of sweet cream accompanies the sugary and salty sandwich—all coated in a light dusting of powdered sugar. Also on the menu is their Pumpkin Spice Shake made with real Wisconsin frozen custard, and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. The seasonal trio is available October 14 through November 29.
180 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Back on the menu for the season are Secret Spot’s “famous pumpkin pancakes,” made gluten-free, topped with pumpkin butter and apple walnut compote, and served with a side of potatoes. They’re happy to make them vegan, just ask!
3801 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
New on the Huntington Beach culinary scene, Bangkok Avenue features a Pumpkin Curry on its menu, described as “a classic curry with fresh Kabosha pumpkin and basil.” You choose the protein—chicken, pork, tofu, shrimp, filet mignon, salmon, or seafood—and heat level. Served with a side of steamed or brown rice. We recommend splurging on the coconut rice.
17221 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa’s resident California cuisine restaurant is plating a Spiced Pumpkin French Toast this season, topped with apple cranberry compote, slivered almonds, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.
The famed doughnut shop never holds back during any season, and this fall they’re baking up the following pumpkin rounds: glazed, cream cheese, chocolate, chocolate with sprinkles, vanilla, and vanilla with sprinkles. Vegan options include all of the above except for cream cheese and sprinkles. Did we mention they make their treats from scratch?
17420 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hours: Daily, 24/7
Great Dane Baking Company
Warning: Scrolling through the bakery’s Instagram feed induces heavy drooling. They’ve got several sweet treats in the oven this season, including a Pumpkin Spice Eclair, Pumpkin Spice Cake Pop, Pumpkin Caramel Cake, and the “I’ll Diet When I’m Dead Bar,” made with pumpkin spice sugar cookie, brown sugar crust, pumpkin spice Rice Krispies, and caramel.
6855 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Although their dedicated fall menu focuses on savory pumpkin-less seasonal options, The Corner has slipped a pumpkin offering onto their dessert menu by way of a Pumpkin Spice Cake with maple glaze.
8961 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 3-10 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon-midnight.
Red Table is sweetening up its dessert menu this fall with a Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake through October. Wash it down with an Oktoberfest brew or a warm red from their wine list.
16821 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 4-9 p.m.
Breakfast just got a whole lot more festive. The gourmet bagel shop and coffee house has invited pumpkin bagels AND pumpkin cream cheese back to their menu.
8861 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.