With autumn comes some of our favorite things: gorgeous patio weather, festival season, rich dishes and all things pumpkin. Explore the season’s bounty with this roundup of delectable edibles, from pints of fall craft beer to scoops of pumpkin-flavored ice cream.
Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner (okay, and dessert), this winter squash makes its star appearance throughout fall.
Pumpkin Cream Pasta. Courtesy of Kerbey Lane Cafe.
Beloved breakfast joint Kerbey Lane Cafe rolls out a special fall menu loaded with pumpkin classics each year. Keep your eye out for favorites such as the famed pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin French toast made with homemade pumpkin bread and the pumpkin cream pasta. At Hyde Park's Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, stock up on luscious pumpkin tea bread or a slice of pumpkin pie to pair with a spiced chai latte. Meanwhile, at Picnik, the health-conscious crowd can enjoy a pumpkin pie oatmeal while they sip on a paleo-friendly, whey protein-filled pumpkin spice latte: a seasonal twist on the cafe’s famous butter coffee.
Known for their creative milkshakes and burgers, Hopdoddy introduces a wacky-meets-delicious shake flavor and burger creation every couple of weeks. Look forward to unexpected creations this season, which could take the shape of pumpkin shakes or burgers made with kabocha (a Japanese squash similar to pumpkin).
Argentine-focused Buenos Aires Café gets into the swing with seasonal menus, updated daily. Inquire about their fall empanadas and the gnocchi quartet with pumpkin-cinnamon, sweet potato-chipotle, cilantro-jalapeno and potato-herb gnocchi. Make a harvest feast out of the homemade pumpkin ravioli at north Austin's Andiamo Ristorante, served with a brown butter and sage sauce and paired nicely with a warm apple bocconotti.
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Relish a pumpkin ice cream cone or pumpkin spice ice cream cake from Amy’s Ice Creams, or check out the seasonal scoops at Lick Honest Ice Creams, where flavors have ranged from Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie to Spiced Sweet Potato Pie.
In a Bowl
Scarves and boots go great with spoonfuls of comfort food. Get your ladle of fall happiness here in Austin.
Chicken Noodle Soup. Courtesy of Vinaigrette
Sustainable salad bistro Vinaigrette will be serving up a rotating menu of specialty soups throughout the month of October. Each week, warm up with a different culture, flavor and tradition like a classic chicken noodle soup, mulligatawny, Philadelphia pepper pot or Thai pumpkin laksa.
At Ramen Tatsu-ya, warm up over a steaming bowl of ramen noodles swimming in pork bone broth alongside chasu, ajitama, woodear mushrooms and scallions.
Campus-area hit Texas Chili Parlor dishes up hot bowls of classic Texas-style red to the masses, while South Congress original Lucy’s Fried Chicken makes a mean bowl of West Texas-style chili loaded with beef and pork and served with diced onions, cheddar, jalapeno and crackers. (Hint: it’s even better with a side of tequila-butter cornbread muffins.)
Fall Cocktails and Brews
What better way to greet fall than with a hearty cocktail in hand? Bourbon, bitters, spice and smoke all take center stage this season.
Gold Coast Cocktail. Courtesy of the Hightower.
Tucked inside the Western, bohemian-chic themed Native Experiential Hostel, Native Bar & Kitchen serves up a delightful Trust Fall cocktail, where smoky mezcal, robust rye whiskey and herbaceous yellow chartreuse mingle with orange and Angostura bitters. Prefer to drink your whiskey neat? Try the new Seven Grand bar downtown, where you can tour the whiskeys of the world from your seat at the impressive bar.
Warm up with the Gold Coast cocktail from The Hightower, combining Maker's Mark with orange and house cocoa bitters. Try the new fall flavors at Whisler's with the Copper Coin, blending vodka, becherovka, lemon spiced cranberry and dandelion. Or, for a serious sit-down-and-savor, order the King Palomino ( local Kooper Family Rye, house blanc vermouth and apple cocoa bitters) at Barley Swine.
For on-point pints that embrace fall’s flavors, visit Live Oak Brewing Company and ask for a malty Oaktoberfest. For something on the sweeter side, try the holiday pie-esque Pumpkin Pecan Massacre from Infamous Brewing Company.
Goes Great with a Tailgate
Beer and chili’s best fall friend? Football, of course. Dig into shareable plates of comfort eats at these game-friendly Austin spots.
Micklethwaits sausage and cheese kolache at Batch. Courtesy of Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches.
Enjoy fall patio weather in a historic setting at West Campus locale Freedmen's. Try the all new pastrami sandwich, packed with house-made pastrami, coleslaw, whole grain mustard, and pickled cucumbers and onions on a buttered bun. Or, join the sea of burnt orange at the Scholz Garten tailgate party, where its biergarten is the perfect place for a cold pint, juicy bratwurst and old-fashioned Texas barbecue.
Savor the temperate fall weather in Austin at Red’s Porch, where fans can sip on a frozen 'rita while enjoying the signature Southern Chicken Fried Chicken. Irish enthusiasts and alumni unite at B.D. Riley’s to cheer on Notre Dame and New England teams with hearty servings of Guinness and shepherd's pie, while Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns fans gather at West 6th’s Rattle Inn, where a sprawling open deck and a lineup of craft beer adds to the festive atmosphere.
Put a German spin on your day at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, a Rainey Street backyard that hosts Austin’s largest tap wall and 30 house-made sausages. Or, order the hand-twisted pretzel with house-made beer cheese at Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden. Have an early game? Pick up an order of authentic Czech-style kolaches from the new Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. Meat kolaches feature barbecue sausage or brisket from Micklethwaits and the seasonal apple and sweet cheese kolache will provide a cure for even the most intense hangover. Prost!