With the list of venues below, you can find original homemade waffles, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream and bagels. Each location brings a different experience, but all offer a great service for exquisite hungry customers. The fall season is a great time to check out how restaurants prepare their unique blend of pumpkin treats.
5204 Bloomington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hot Plate is a diner located in south Minneapolis by the scenic Lake Nokomis area. It is a unique, under-the-radar venue with plenty of charisma and fall fun. This hipster, heavily decorated breakfast place has more than a dozen frames and pictures everywhere. Offering great, fine-tuned menu goodies, the must-try is the mouth-watering pumpkin buckwheat waffle along with sugary French toast. Don’t let the kitsch sort of design intimidate you, rather take advantage to enjoy a delicious breakfast. After a full stomach, take a pleasant walk around the lake.
Great Harvest Bread Company
534 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Great Harvest Bread Company in St. Paul has been operating independently as a “Freedom Franchise.” It has been serving in the United States for 30 years. The pumpkin treats are a dazzle, especially from the menu’s cookie section, especially the pumpkin white chocolate. The other is the unique pumpkin soup. The broth includes cilantro leaves, pumpkin, coconut milk and salt and it is a warm treat, especially during the cooler months.
Grand Ole Creamery
750 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Grand Ole Creamery has been proudly serving the Twin Cities for 27 years. It was the first ice cream parlor retail location to serve super-premium ice cream. It’s a fabulous location to grab deliciously prepared ice cream treats, including pumpkin flavored. Grand Ole has another strategically placed location by the beautiful Lake Nokomis. The must-try for this independently owned business is the pumpkin pie. For years, tourists and Minnesota residents have come to enjoy the unique recipe and the balance of flavors contained within these pies.
2990 W. River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Longfellow Grill started with truly humble beginnings that later turned into a profitable business. The project started out in 1993 from a simple ice cream shop and experienced rapid growth afterwards. Located in the east side of town, this venue opened a location in Edina, expanding its operations. It is an award-winning restaurant that has a complete menu of options at affordable prices. The pumpkin pancakes are a favorite to nosh on for breakfast.
St. Paul Bagelry & Deli
1702 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
St. Paul Bagelry & Deli is a family-owned business in operation since 2007. It knows how to prepare freshly baked bagels from scratch and offers deliciously flavored smoothies. It offers customers an impeccable experience along with a good overall selection of fresh options. Its pumpkin-spiced bagels are an absolute delicacy in the fall season. Practically all of the items on the menu are fresh, inexpensive and the coffee is flavored and infused with a tasty mouth-watering scent.
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