5 to Try: Pumpkin in Miami

It's time to carve those jack-o-lanterns, but don't toss out Jack's innards. From pumpkin-based facial treatments to creamy soups and spiced martinis, there are plenty of places around town that raid pumpkin patches for more than just seasonal decor. Let's go over a few of the best pumpkin masters.

Updated: November 23, 2009

Pumpkin Power


Hy-Vong Vietnamese Cuisine

3458 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Calle Ocho in Little Havana is home to popular Cuban restaurants and Latin American supermarkets. This Vietnamese restaurant stands out, and so does its thick and creamy pumpkin and squash soup.


Mokai

235 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

A pumpkin martini is a featured cocktail at this intimate and velvet-rope selective South Beach nightclub. It's mostly Absolut with a generous dose of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. A splash of simple syrup offers a sweet, finishing touch.


Waves Spa

11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199

The "pumpkin peel" is available year-round at this West Miami spa. It's a non-abrasive peel, making the most of our featured fruit's antioxidants and botanical nutrients to help smoothen out skin.


Icebox Cafe

1657 Michigan Ave, Miami, FL 33139

This Lincoln Road diner finds several ways to work the showcased fruit into its menu. Pumpkin cheesecake or the more adventurous pumpkin walnut butterscotch cake can chase down the mango-pumpkin risotto.


Laurenzo's Italian Specialty

16385 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33160

Do try this at home. This authentic Italian supermarket offers 75 different shapes and flavors of handmade pasta. A seasonal favorite is the pumpkin-stuffed ravioli, ready to boil, bake, or fry at home. A dozen puffy squares will set buyers back $9.99.