Fall is here!
The triple digit temperatures are declining and the days are getting shorter- which means the long nights could benefit from a little added spice. Pumpkin spice to be specific!
Coffee, beer, pastries, and even some savory dishes using this seasonal gourd as the main component are available throughout Autumn at many Local Restaurants. This time of year there is an endless amount of choices to indulge in the sweet, cinnamony, seasonal pumpkin flavor- we just couldn't list them all! Here are some choices to replace your Starbucks and Coors Blue Moon this year, all produced and sold in Arizona.
13 local picks for you to fill your craving for this Autumnal favorite:
North AZ: Famously fun Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso in Payson has the goods this Fall. This quaint ice cream and coffee shop is serving up Pumpkin Pie Lattes and Pumpkin Spice Tea. These creamy Autumnal blasts will warm you to the core in the chill of mountains, but if you waited all year for the weather to cool off- good news! You can freeze down again with a hearty scoop of ice cream afterwards.
Phoenix Area: There are an endless amount of coffee shops filling lattes with the sweet spicy goodness in the Phoenix Area. The Scottsdale Public Library's Beneficial Beans is serving up a Pumpkin Spice Latte with a purpose. Each delicious cup of coffee provides individuals with autism spectrum disorders with the skills necessary to increase their employment potential and quality of life.
Tuscon & South AZ: It's possible to brew the rich, pumpkin flavor with notes of chocolate at home from Arbuckle Coffee Roasters' Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee. This balanced blend of decedent pumpkin spiciness and smooth, creamy chocolate makes for a remarkable combination that infuses Autumn into every sip.
PASTRIES + SWEETS:
North AZ: Celebrate over 20 years of Brandy's Restaurant & Bakery holding it down and serving it up in Flagstaff with their seasonal pumpkin pies and mini pumpkin pies. These sweet treats are the perfect ending to a meal or perfect all on their own.
Phoenix Area: Chompie's has pumpkin flavored goodies on lock this year with over seven different Pumpkin treats at all locations! This includes a Pumpkin Bagel with Pumpkin Cream Cheese, Pumpkin-Cranberry-Walnut Pancakes, Pumpkin Scones, and Pumpkin Loaves!
Tuscon & South AZ: A seasonal favorite has returned again from Beyond Bread: The Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread! The unmistakable taste of this soft bread is available now from their three locations. Be sure to ask if they have any other pumpkin desserts available!
North AZ: Up in the cold, mountainous region of Northern Arizona breweries have skipped over the pumpkin flavor and moved into December territory already. Historic Brewing Company in Flagstaff is currently serving their Nooks n' Crannies brew which is a Cranberry Spiced Ale with nutmeg and allspice to warm up all your nooks and crannies.
Phoenix Area: Two words- Pumpkin Porter. Now consider this- Double Pumpkin Porter. Four Peaks Brewing Company has outdone their famous seasonal beer the original Pumpkin Porter by adding twice as much! The Double Pumpkin Porter will be on tap starting 10/21 and the original Pumpkin Porter is being poured now.
Tuscon & South AZ: There are two new fall brews from Sentinel Peak Brewing Company this Autumn: Imperial Red and Zucca Pazza Pumpkin Spiced Ale! Try a pint or a flight of four 6oz. samples of different brews to ring in the cooler, spooky weather.
Phoenix Area: Pumpkin Soup is available at St. Francis in celebration of our favorite gourd. This rich staple of the season includes pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, creme fraiche, croutons, and chives and you can add a bowl to dinner for just $6.00. Since St Francis is once of the restaurant members of Devour Phoenix, you can even use the Devour Giftcard to treat yourself or a loved one this holiday season.
Tuscon & South AZ: Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro is the center of all things pumpkin this season in Tuscon. Besides the mountain of pumpkin sweets they are serving up - including Pumpkin Pancakes, Bagels, Pies, Cheesecake, Cupcakes, & more - they also have a rich, savory bowl of Pumpkin Chili featuring locally raised Double Check Ranch beef.
North AZ: A beautiful day trip to Mortimer Family Farms in Dewey, AZ means a bounty of pumpkins to pick from. The pumpkin patch is open for the picking every Friday - Sunday in October and welcomes families to partake in more than just choosing the perfect pre-jack'o'latern with activities such as horse & pony rides, hay rides, a rock climbing wall, and contests.
Phoenix Area: This is something completely unique! The Pumpkin Sake Bomb at We Do Men Spa (who provides services for men and women) is an alternative to a chemical peel, without the peeling or dryness. This peel uses Sake to cleanse the skin of bacteria, ingrown hair, and other irritants and Pumpkin to heal, brighten, hydrate, and soothe your skin. We Do Men is the perfect common ground for for skin care and pumpkin enthusiasts, alike.