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Boston's best pumpkin offerings

tazia Sep 28, 2010 06:57 AM

'Tis the season for everything pumpkin flavored, and this pumpkin fanatic thinks it's the most wonderful time of the year. I'm sure there are others out there like me, and I'd love to have a comprehensive list of things to try.

My contributions:
-Diesel's Pumpkin Pie Latte
-CBC's Great Pumpkin Ale
-Gingerbread with pumpkin ice cream @ Somerville Flatbread

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  1. hiddenboston RE: tazia Sep 28, 2010 07:11 AM

    I like nearly all of the pumpkin beers, but I really love Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, which can be found at the Somerville Flatbread as well as a few other places around Boston.

    And not really a seasonal thing, but I like the pumpkin ravioli at Gennaro's in Quincy.

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      davis_sq_pro RE: hiddenboston Sep 29, 2010 09:43 AM

      I'm also a big fan of pumpkin beers. I find that Beer Works's offering is generally quite good, as is Smuttynose's yearly Pumpkin Ale (they're just over the boarder in NH, so it's at least somewhat local).

      I highly recommend taking a pass on Shipyard's Pumpkinhead (another semi-local, made in ME), which contains zero pumpkin and tastes to me like stale cinnamon gently soaked in a bath of rubbing alcohol. (I was unfortunately suckered in by the packaging two years in a row and am somewhat bitter about the whole thing, in case that's not apparent. I take my pumpkin beer quite seriously!)

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        robwat36 RE: davis_sq_pro Sep 29, 2010 10:52 AM

        Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin is their superior, much more flavorful pumpkin beer. Careful, though - it's 9% ABV.

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      9lives RE: tazia Sep 28, 2010 07:17 AM

      Richardson's pumpkin ice cream

      Pumpkin custard at Dok Bua

      1. Allstonian RE: tazia Sep 28, 2010 07:19 AM

        Available year round and delicious:
        The Afghani dish kaddo (roasted sweet pumpkin with meat sauce and yogurt sauce) - one of the star menu items at Helmand. I'm looking forward to trying it at the new Afghani restaurant in Allston, Ariana.

        There's also a tasty and unusual Burmese dish on the YoMa menu - shrimp with pumpkin.

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          Pegmeister RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 06:00 AM

          Don't miss the pumpkin martinis at Artu in the North End. They generally start offering their Fall drinks around now.

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            lc02139 RE: Pegmeister Sep 29, 2010 06:14 AM

            While I don't think it is a seasonal thing there, Helmand in Cambridge often has pumkin items on their menu. I haven't been in a while, but it was very good back then.

            The Helmand
            143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

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            skippy66 RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 07:30 AM

            I had the pumpkin ice cream at Kimball Farm last night. It was good, but I think the pumpkin flavor was a bit muted. I would like for it to have been more intensely pumpkin.

            I guess I'll have to go back and try it again sometime.

            Kimball Farm
            400 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886

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              Guinness02122 RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 09:13 AM

              I had pumpkin coffee at P.S. Gourmet in South Boston. Nice nutmeggy taste.

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                robwat36 RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 10:50 AM

                If Canto 6 brings back their pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting I may develop type 2 diabetes on the spot. So good...

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                  peelmeagrape RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 10:53 AM

                  I noticed Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt on special at Roche Bros a couple of weeks ago, so I picked up a container of Pumpkin and a container of Ginger. The pumpkin flavor and texture was great, I thought - even more so for a relatively healthy dessert. (The ginger was good too, but I preferred the pumpkin.) I'd never noticed Sweet Scoops before but see that its from Portsmouth NH.

                  1. MichaelB RE: tazia Sep 29, 2010 12:56 PM

                    I have a weakness for the pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting from Cook's Orchards - they sell them at their stands at multiple farmer's markets - Copley, Brookline, probably several others. They're not fancy and are probably super-easy to make at home, but I can't resist getting one when I see them at the market in season.

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                      bear RE: tazia Oct 2, 2010 05:20 PM

                      Meletharb in Wakefield had pumpkin ice cream on the menu tonight. Kicking myself for not trying it, but given the excellent quality of their other ice cream, I'm guessing it's quite good.

                      In another seasonal note, they also had Indian Pudding ice cream.

                      They change flavors often, though, so it might not be available all the time.

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