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One of the great things about fall is the variety of pumpkin treats that abound. It’s easy to find anything from a pumpkin spice latte to the pumpkin pie. If you’re looking for pumpkin treats this fall – particularly if you’d like something a little different – try these dishes ranging from a vegan cheese to a comfort food that you might like more than grandma’s mashed potatoes.

Haven pumpkin gratin (credit: Moxxe PR)

Haven pumpkin gratin (credit: Moxxe PR)


Haven Gastropub
190 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 221-0680
www.havengastropub.com

Whenever you’re in the business of creating food, the key is to do something different. Haven Gastropub has a pumpkin dish that goes beyond the usual pumpkin fare to something that is a pure comfort food. The pumpkin gratin is simple and delicious. It is made with pumpkin, grana padano cheese and crema. The result is something that will give you cravings like grandma’s mashed potatoes. Even better, you can pair this gratin with a pumpkin beer that Haven Gastropub has on hand every fall.

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(credit: Fig & Olive)


Fig & Olive
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.com

When you visit Fig & Olive, the staff makes a point of telling you that no butter is used in the restaurant. Instead, they prefer to focus on varieties of olive oils. One of those olive oils is infused with pumpkin for the pumpkin ravioli that is filled with chicken, ricotta, toasted pumpkin seeds, charmoula and Parmesan. The result is a rich and delicious meal that you will want to savor, if only you can control yourself enough to do so.

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118 Degrees
2981 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-0718
www.118degrees.com

When you think about pumpkin dishes, maybe a pumpkin cheesecake comes to mind. Well, 118 Degrees has something you can use to make a pumpkin cheesecake: a pumpkin-seed cheese that is both raw and vegan. You can use it as a filling for pies, a topping for desserts or a spread. Even your carnivore friends will love this rich vegan cheese. Not only does it taste great, but it also has 22 grams of protein per serving.

Related: Best Restaurants Serving Pumpkin Dishes in Orange County

SOL Cocina Pumpkin spice margarita (credit: Moxxe PR)

SOL Cocina Pumpkin spice margarita (credit: Moxxe PR)


SOL Cocina
251 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800
www.solcocina.com

SOL Cocina is proof that not every pumpkin treat has to be food. Every year, SOL features a pumpkin margarita (also available in a virgin version). This margarita is made with Don Julio Blanco, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, roasted pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. This is as close as you can get to having pumpkin pie chilled and in a glass. It’s an excellent seasonal cocktail, but still light enough that you can knock back a couple.

Related: Best Pumpkin Cocktails in Orange County

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(credit: Bruxie)


Bruxie
292 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-3900
www.bruxie.com

If you love pumpkin pie, Bruxie has your remedy in two different ways. First, you can enjoy one of Bruxie’s signature waffles filled with spiced pumpkin-cheesecake filling. Think about that. It’s basically a pumpkin pie that you can hold in your hand – and it’s as delicious as it sounds. The other way to get your pumpkin fix at Bruxie is with a pumpkin spice shake made with Wisconsin custard. Sure, you might have to exercise for a little bit longer after consuming this, but it will be worth it.

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.