SusieCakes – Brentwood
Chef-owner Susan Sarich has capitalized on her nostalgia for childhood classics by growing a four-branch SusieCakes empire in Southern California. She always features compelling seasonal specials and currently offers three different pumpkin desserts: pumpkin spice cupcakes, pumpkin pie (of course) and best of all: mini pumpkin cheesecake ($4.95). The pumpkin cheesecake is absolutely luxurious, with a tangy layer of sour cream that cuts the richness, a crushed Graham cracker crust and a spice dusting.
The Terrace @ The Langham Huntington – Pasadena
At The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Chef Loren Lawe’s Spicy Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup has been so successful over the past two years that it is now a permanent menu item at The Terrace. Guests are even offered a recipe card to take away with them after they dine with us. Pumpkin soup includes chopped pumpkin and butternut squash, chicken broth, milk, brown sugar and maple syrup. It’s frothy, drizzled with olive oil and strewn with crunchy pumpkin seeds
There’s one other pumpkin creation in the works that’s worth tracking. Last month, Library Bar bartender Matt Biancaniello said he was planning to infuse bourbon with roasted pumpkin, add allspice syrup and top the unnamed cocktail with eggnog foam.
If you know of a pumpkin dish in L.A. that I missed, please comment below. Your recommendation can be savory or sweet.