My Favorite DC: Pumpkin!

We’re not entirely sure when it happened, but one year, the Pumpkin Association of America (may or may not be a real thing), went on a marketing kick and decided that everything baked from September through November should be pumpkin flavored (this is of course before the Gingerbread Association of America takes over in December). And the fact of the matter is that none of us really minded because everything tastes better in pumpkin. Think about it: ravioli – pretty good.  Pumpkin ravioli – absolutely awesome.   You know I’m right.

Anyway, now that October is here, Erica and I decided our next installment of My Favorite DC should pay homage to the Pumpkin Association of America and our favorite flavor for the fall season. So here are some of our favorite places to get Pumpkin in DC! Enjoy!

Best Pumpkin Beer

Erica’s Pick: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Churchkey

The best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had is the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale at Churchkey in Logan Circle.  The pumpkin flavor was so intense it almost tasted like drinking pumpkin pie, yet was somehow not too sweet with just the right balance of cinnamon and clove.  This isn’t a beer with the faint taste of pumpkin- it’s full on jack-o-lantern in a glass!

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Photo Courtesy of Patrick Mobley’s iPhone.

Best Pumpkin Dish

Keyana’s Pick: Cayo de hacha con pipián de chile pasilla, Oyamel

In addition to being a sucker for all things pumpkin, I’m also a sucker for a delicious scallop.  So, its no wonder that Oyamel’s scallop dish, made with pumpkin seed sauce, pumpkin seed oil, and toasted pumpkin seeds is one of my favorite things on their menu.  While the pumpkin in this dish may not be as pronounced as something like pumpkin ravioli, it definitely makes amazing use of this delightful vegetable.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Erica’s Pick: Pumpkin Ice Cream, Max’s Ice Cream

Max’s Ice Cream in Glover Park has some of the most delicious homemade ice cream you’ve ever tasted.  Max and his wife make the ice cream themselves from scratch and rotate through a wide variety of unique and delectable flavors. And though DC’s current bout of weather doesn’t exactly make me want to scream for ice cream, I’ll definitely be making a trip to Max’s this month for their pumpkin ice cream, the perfect marriage of summer and fall!  They’ll even make a pumpkin shake for you if you’re interested, but I like my pumpkin ice cream straight up in a sugar cone.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Erica’s Pick: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie, Bakeshops, Farmers Markets, and Food Trucks Everywhere.

Though the cupcake trend isn’t going away any time soon, I think the whoopie pie could give any cupcake a run for its money, particularly in pumpkin form.  My favorite pumpkin whoopie pie is a cake-like blend of pumpkin and cinnamon sandwiched around fluffy cream cheese frosting.  You can find whoopie pies at a variety of bake shops, and more recently, some of DC’s finest food trucks.  Let’s hope this handheld dessert takes after the cupcake and appears in every neighborhood soon!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies! Photo Courtesy of KaylaCasey Flickr

Pumpkin Cupcake

Erica’s Pick: Pumpkin Spice Cupcake, Baked & Wired

Keyana’s Pick: Pumpkin Cupcake, Bakeshop

We couldn’t choose between Clarendon’s favorite cupcakery, Bakeshop, or popular Georgetown bakery, Baked & Wired, so we decided to give you both (there’s no such thing as too much cupcake).  Bakeshop’s Pumpkin Cupcake is amazing because of how unbelievably moist it is – much like the rest of baker Justin’s delicious treats.  Baked & Wired’s Pumpkin Spice Cupcake will leave you satisfied after just one bite of the pumpkin spiced cream cheese frosting – though you’ll definitely have more than one bite.

And perhaps the most important one of all….

Best Use of Pumpkin, Period.

Keyana & Erica’s pick: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks

We all know Pumpkin Season doesn’t really start until Starbucks brings back the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  So grab a cup (perhaps even a pumpkin scone) and taste all the delicious fall flavors DC has to offer!


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