San Francisco Pumpkin Inspired Foods

October 10, 2016

Our 6 Favorite San Francisco Pumpkin-Inspired Foods

Even though all year long is sweater weather here in San Francisco, something about fall that’s still new and exciting is the flavors. We love sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes…even during our Indian summer. But at Avital Tours, we’re always focused on food. Here are six of our favorite San Francisco pumpkin-inspired foods we’ll be eating this fall to celebrate Halloween. Some are available all year round, but some of them are seasonal, so move fast.

pumpkin ravioli from lucca deli in San Francisco

Pumpkin Ravioli – Lucca Ravioli Co.

Pumpkin pasta? Yes! Lucca Ravioli Co. has been making handmade pasta since 1925. Classics like cheese and spinach might reign supreme, but the pumpkin variety has become so popular that they’ve made their way off the seasonal menu to year-round offerings. Lucca recommends putting the sweet pasta in a light butter or cream sauce with walnuts or sage. Located in the Mission District right on Valencia Street, it’s easy to pop into Lucca and grab ingredients for a fall feast.

Lucca Ravioli Company
1100 Valencia St. (Corner 22nd St.), San Francisco

pumpkin maple brown sugar ice cream from smitten

Maple Brown Sugar Pumpkin Ice Cream – Smitten Ice Cream

Luckily in the Bay, it’s still warm enough to eat ice cream outside in October. Smitten churns ice cream right in front of customers’ eyes using liquid nitrogen and fresh, seasonal ingredients. This month, one of those seasonal ingredients is roasted, puréed pumpkin. Smitten adds in dark brown cane sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, allspice and clove to make a scoop that tastes the classic pie. In case that’s not authentic enough you can get a pie crust feel with oatmeal cookie crumbs and whipped cream. We’d order two scoops if we were you.

Smitten Ice Cream
Various Locations Throughout San Francisco: 2268 Chestnut St, 432 Octavia St, 2404 California St

pumpkin pork stew at burma superstar

Pumpkin Pork Stew- Burma Superstar

The popular Richmond District restaurant is well known for their tea leaf salad and samosas. But frequent visitors know that the Pumpkin Pork Stew, which is cooked with kabocha squash and ginger, holds its own on the menu. It’s hearty, warm, and filling, which is exactly what a fall dish should be. Luckily for locals, it’s available all year round at sister restaurant B.Star, too. Because as famous as Burma Superstar is for its food, its also famous for its long waiting times.

Burma Superstar
309 Clement St, San Francisco

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Truffle at Sixth Course

Pumpkin Spice Truffle – Sixth Course Artisan Confections

This is one of our favorite seasonal treats we wish would last all year, but the women at Sixth Course are always changing up their offerings to reflect the season, their mood, and their favorite flavors. Sixth Course is one of those hidden Mission spots that’s off of Mission Street so it’s not east to come across on your own. We visit often for their handmade truffles, gelato pops, and pastries, and we never know what we’re going to find. Luckily, we know that this month we’ll be able to find the Pumpkin Spice Truffle since it is the season. While you’re there, try some of their classics like Sage & Brown Butter Caramel and Bourban Maple Pecan, which also taste like fall.

Sixth Course
1544 15th Street, San Francisco

Pumpkin Quesadilla at Gracias Madre in San Francisco

Sweet Potato Quesadilla – Gracias Madre

Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are a popular Mexican ingredient. We like snacking on them on their own, but they’re also great in salads, soups, and on Gracia’s Madres’s Quesadilla de Camote. Pumpkin might not be the star ingredient of Gracias Madre’s quesadilla, but the pumpkin seed salsa is the perfect topping. This quesadilla is one of our favorite vegan (and favorite Mexican) San Francisco pumpkin dishes. The quesadilla is hearty and a little bit spicy, and the pumpkin seeds add a little bit of crunch and flavor on top.

Gracias Madre
2211 Mission Street, San Francisco

Pumpkin Pie and other pies at Mission Pie

Pumpkin Pie – Mission Pie

We couldn’t skip a classic. Mission Pie serves a variety of seasonal pies all year long, and we wait for Pumpkin season so our favorite is back on the menu. Is there anything special about this pie? Not really-but pumpkin pie is supposed to be a simple and consistent classic. What does make Mission Pie special? Well, there aren’t many places where you can sit with a slice of local pie and a pint of local beer during both a wholesome “After School Special” time that doubles as adult “Happy Hour”.

Mission Pie
2901 Mission Street, San Francisco

Want more of San Francisco pumpkin recipes? Here’s one of Dosa’s Pumpkin Chutney. 

Want to try some of these San Francisco pumpkin inspired foods and visit Gracias Madre or Sixth Course Artisan Confections? Come join us on a Mission District Food Tour.