Pumpkins are a staple in our country and are turned into delicious dishes for holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. How much demand is there for the cultivation of pumpkins? It is estimated that 1.5 billion pounds are produced nationwide annually. This squash-like fruit is an overwhelming favorite by many and the Gopher state is home to some great places where you can find a delicious dish incorporating pumpkin as the main ingredient.
Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream
1007 W. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream is an iconic place in the Twin Cities when it comes to delicious dishes. A family-owned and community-oriented business, it has been satisfying cravings for almost three decades in the neighborhoods of Minneapolis. When it comes to pumpkin, SJ delivers with tasty and natural pumpkin ice cream along with freshly baked pies. So come on in and grab your favorite squash along with a warm cup of coffee to beat out the cold winter.
4754 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Pumphouse Creamery is a top-notch location that has one of the largest selections of deliciously made ice cream. Operating since 2003 in the Twin Cities, it has a reputation for making a respectable pumpkin ice cream that will bring out the kid in everyone. Last year, Pumphouse was chosen as one of the top 25 ice creams shops in the country by Food & Wine magazine. The ice cream is handcrafted and conceptualized to yield a flavorful experience. The pumpkin flavor is made with locally grown Long Island Cheese squash.
850 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Everyone enjoys the classic banana and zucchini bread, but what about a bread with the seasonal flavor of pumpkin? Cafe Latté frequently features a pumpkin currant bread on select days. The currants add a great fruity component to the mix and a toasted slice of this bread with a spread of melty butter is to die for. If you enjoy scones instead of breads, stop in for a pumpkin white chocolate scone. This is one sweet you will not soon forget. Click here for a calendar of when each pumpkin treat is available.
1432 W. 31st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Lucia’s, founded by Lucia Watson, the proprietor of Lucia’s Wine Bar and Lucia’s To Go, is a favorite destination in the Twin Cities. The menu and the selection of pumpkin-based dishes is a delight to try during the autumn season. Lucia’s comes fully loaded with pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing, pumpkin pie and its well-known roasted pumpkin risotto. It’s a signature dish for Lucia’s that dissolves the sweetness and salty taste of feta cheese.
5607 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
First Course has a neighborhood feel to it and has been identified as a local gem. For those who feel like going to a laid-back yet sophisticated venue, First Course provides comfortable sofas and a warm fireplace to enjoy three delicious dishes on the menu: pumpkin doughnuts, cheesecake and ice cream. Another of the restaurant’s seasonal specialties includes a sweet and stick pumpkin seed brittle. If you happen to get your hands on some this season, consider yourself very luck.
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