Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Chicago

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Restaurants in Chicago are taking advantage of the best fall flavor
Pumpkin Pop Tart at 2 Sparrows
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This warm, rich pumpkin soup from The Gage is made with smoked duck, pumpkin seeds, and creme fraiche.

There’s no escaping it: pumpkins are everywhere. From spooky jack-o-lanterns to popular lattes, fall is the season when this gourd reigns supreme. We’re certainly not complaining, however. Restaurants across the city are offering up delicious pumpkin dishes, both sweet and savory, especially for this time of year. Try some of these before all the leaves are gone!

Chilam Balam – This Lakeview BYOB is celebrating the season with a pumpkin tres leches. The creamy cake is topped with pumpkin spice ice cream and pumpkin seeds, making the most of fall’s favorite flavor.

Mk the Restaurant – Seafood gets an autumn spin with Chef Michael Kornick’s take on pan-seared scallops. The dish is accented with cumin scented pumpkin sage, pumpkin seeds, and braised Napa cabbage.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company – You can’t go wrong with a classic. Hoosier Mama serves up a decadent pumpkin pie that will please even the toughest traditionalist. Go in for a slice or take an entire pie home!

TWO – Pumpkin becomes a star dessert in TWO’s freshly made pumpkin donuts. Accompanied by cinnamon ice cream and salted bourbon caramel sauce, these are a must for any pumpkin lover with a sweet tooth.

The Monarch – For those who prefer meatier options, The Monarch is dressing up its pork shoulder in fall colors. Flavors of squash, pumpkin, and fennel are incorporated into the dish, making it a hearty autumn meal.

The Gage - Warm up your insides with a roasted pumpkin soup. Smoked duck, toasted pumpkin seeds, creme fraiche, and basil oil round out the dish, making a complex and fulfilling starter to your meal.

2 Sparrows - Roasted pumpkin has a sweet edge here, where it finds its way into 2 Sparrows' signature pop tart.

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