5 to Try: Pumpkin

We've scoured the Twin Cities area to find these five decadent pumpkin dishes and desserts that are sure to please the palate.

Updated: October 29, 2009

5 to Try

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Pumpkin Hand Pie: Indulge in a savory cheese- and pumpkin-filled hand pie at this South side cafe dedicated to local and sustainable foods. The pumpkin--delivered fresh from local farms--is roasted, topped with gruyere cheese and baked into a crispy and delicious pocket-like crust.

Red Stag Supper Club

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Pumpkin Bisque: Another restaurant dedicated to sustainable and organic foods, the Red Stag in Northeast tops this delicious locally sourced pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and scrumptious cream.

May Day Cafe

3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Pumpkin Muffin: Everything at the May Day Cafe in South Minneapolis is blow-your-mind delicious, from the fresh croissants to the savory scones to the date bars. And the pumpkin muffins, dusted with sugar and brimming with sweet cinnamon, are no exception. A perfect morning pick-me-up.

Pumphouse Creamery

4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Pumpkin Ice Cream: This ice-cream shop in South Minneapolis gets nearly all of its ingredients locally, including everything from pumpkins to cream. That means the ice cream here is always fresh, organic and totally delicious. And the fall specialty--pumpkin ice cream--makes for a perfect topper to that pecan, apple and even pumpkin pie.

Longfellow Grill

2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Pumpkin Pancakes: Pancakes are always on special at Longfellow Grill, where you can get a short stack of buttery, light and delicious cakes for $5.55. But what makes this season so special is Longfellow's fluffy pumpkin pancakes, which come topped with powdered sugar and whipped almond cream.