They’re Gourd-geous: 15 Stellar Squash Dishes, Desserts, and Drinks For Fall

The appearance of squash at the farmer’s market heralds the arrival of fall. Chefs and bartenders love the gourds for their sweet ‘n’ savory flesh, which instantly adds an autumnal accent. Here are 15 restaurants for gourd-geous dishes, drinks, and desserts starring squash. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.

Santina – New York, New York

This vegetarian carpaccio dazzles the eyes like an edible mosaic. Thin slices of butternut and delicata squashes are dotted with spiced honey agrodolce, pumpkin seeds, sage brown butter, pink peppercorns, and creme fraiche. Don’t forget to take a picture before you take a bite.

Make a reservation at Santina.

 

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Chicago, Illinois


This ain’t your average cheese pizza. Shaved butternut squash is complemented by candied bacon, taleggio, and pops of spice thanks to Fresno chilies. You may never go back to plain pizza ever again.

Make a reservation at Stella Barra Pizzeria.

 

Outlier – Seattle, Washington


The backbone of the Squashington Sour is a squash syrup featuring a wealth of warming spices – anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The sweet and savory syrup is shaken with barrel-aged gin, lemon juice, and egg white to give it a velveteen texture. The cocktail is garnished with star anise and dashes of cranberry bitters.

Make a reservation at Outlier.

 

Gracias Madre – West Hollywood, California


You should feel very virtuous when you order this. Served warm, the vegan bowl features roasted squash, quinoa, kale, white beans, peppers, and onions. A ladle of pesto cashew crème finishes it off.

Make a reservation at Gracias Madre.

 

The Poni Room – New York, New York


Why go with porcelain when you can use a pumpkin instead? Served in a roasted pumpkin bowl, the yellow squash curry is rich with coconut milk. It’s pumped up with eggplant and crispy plantains.

Make a reservation at the Poni Room.

 

True Food Kitchen – Bethesda, Maryland


Vegans rejoice! This butternut squash pizza features zero animal products. Instead, there’s caramelized onions, roasted garlic, organic kale, almond ricotta, dried cranberries, and sage.

Make a reservation at True Food Kitchen.

 

Boqueria – Dupont, Washington, D.C.


Say “hola” to the calabaza con sobrasada. Roasted rings of sweet acorn are paired with toasted hazelnuts, Mahón cheese, and sobrasada, the soft, spreadable cured pork sausage from Mallorca. A drizzle of local honey adds a sweet finishing touch.

Make a reservation at Boqueria.

 

Bresca – Washington, D.C.


The Three Lady Shoofly cocktail riffs on Bolivia’s national drink: the Chuflay. As per usual, Singani (grape brandy) forms the backbone and the requisite ginger beer appears as a whipped topping. However, this complex rendition also includes squash juice to give it an autumnal profile.

Make a reservation at Bresca.

 

Ambar – Washington, D.C.


This salad will give you all the fall feels. Generous chunks of squash are mixed with a mélange of greens, panko-crusted mozzarella, and crispy bacon. It’s tossed with sweetly tart pomegranate dressing.

Make a reservation at Ambar.

 

Husk – Charleston, South Carolina


Grilled delicata squash stars in this fall standout. The nicely charred rings are complemented by smoked peaches, country ham, cornbread crumbles, and ají miso vinaigrette. It’s everything you want at this time of year.

Make a reservation at Husk.

 

Little Park – New York, New York


Here’s a stunning squash! Grilled honey nut arrives with a generous dollop of burrata and pumpkin seeds. A scattering of jewel-like pomegranate seeds gives it an elevated sensibility.

Make a reservation at Little Park.

 

Mirabelle – Stony Brook, New York


A tartine perfect for the season. Sweetly savory kabocha squash compote is paired with a tangle of arugula. Fresh, comforting, and deliciously virtuous.

Make a reservation at Mirabelle.

 

Bluestem Brasserie – San Francisco, California


Generous layers of butternut squash spice cake bookend a layer of salted maple cheesecake. The triple-decker is thickly iced with espresso cookie butter frosting. Tart candied cranberries and a swoosh of cranberry sauce offset all the sweet components.

Make a reservation at Bluestem Brasserie.

 

E&O Kitchen & Bar – San Francisco, California


These plump dumplings conceal butternut squash. The tender pouches sit in a Thai red curry and lemongrass sauce dotted with basil oil. Bonus: they’re only $1 each during happy hour.

Make a reservation at E&O Kitchen & Bar.

 

The Conservatory – Half Moon Bay, California


Local pumpkin is the basis of this luxuriant soup. Savor a spoonful to detect hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and apples. Maple syrup and brown sugar add a svelte sweetness.

Make a reservation at the Conservatory.

 

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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.

 

Photos Credits: Noah Fecks, Rey Lopez