Satisfy your pumpkin spice and fall flavor cravings at these restaurants, bakeries and more in the District.
With pumpkin spice rolling out earlier and earlier every year, you can satiate your sweet tooth while bringing full-on pumpkin power before the leaves even change colors. But pumpkin’s not the only fall flavor on the block. We’ve got a roundup of the best places to find tastes of autumn amazingness in DC, from the sweet and cinnamon-y to the savory and spicy. And don’t worry, we’ve thrown some pumpkin in there, too.
Please note that many of the establishments below may only offer pick-up or delivery. If the option to dine-in is available, please follow all social distancing guidelines and wear a mask.
This doughnut shop is DC through-and-through, founded by locals and home to some of the tastiest flavors in the District. This season, traditionalists can get their pumpkin on with the pumpkin-glazed creations. Indulge in other fall flavors like the sweet potato pie, featuring pumpkin dough, sweet potato pie filling, a marshmallow glaze and a pecan topping, or the pumpkin cheesecake. And round out your next dozen with the maple butter pecan – a staff favorite featuring a cake doughnut dipped in dark amber maple syrup and butter glaze, then garnished with candied pecans.
749 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
3327 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007
5 Market Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Ice Cream Jubilee
Even after summer ends, this popular ice cream spot in Capitol Riverfront and U Street continues churning out inventive flavors. New this year is Chocolate Barley Beer, featuring melted chocolate in toasted barley ice cream and finished with a splash of local Porter beer from Port City Brewing Company. And back by popular demand is Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie, which combines a creamy base, fresh apple butter made in-house and a crumble of oatmeal cookie on top. Order pick-up or delivery from this awesome ice cream hub today.
301 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
1407 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
When fall rolls around, St. Anselm usually features iconic fall ingredients throughout the menu, from winter squash to batched jams. Former Top Chef finalist Marjorie Meek-Bradley and her team create a menu that exudes seasonal vibes – including the delectable grilled fingerling sweet potato salad with a galangal maple vinaigrette, grilled figs and pickled beets.
1250 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Non-traditional taco shop Chaia prides itself on seasonal and fresh ingredients and that’s no different this fall. The seasonal menu features a roasted eggplant taco with goat cheese, salsa de jalapeño crudo and red sorrel. Or, skip the taco and opt for sweet potato nachos, which include black beans, pepper jack, arugula pepita salsa, cilantro, pickled red onions and cilantro-lime jalapenos (only available at the 615 I Street NW location).
3207 Grace Street NW, Washington DC, 20007
615 I Street NW, Washington DC, 20001
Chef di Cucina Tommy Levandoski typically taps into the season at Osteria Morini with ingredients like pumpkin seeds, squash, apple and fennel. In the past, Osteria Morini has featured seasonal dishes such as braciola, a bone-in Hampshire pork chop with pancetta braised cabbage and apple mostarda, as well as an autumnal take on burrata, which comes bedecked with pumpkin seed crumble, granny smith apples and shaved fennel. The restaurant is currently open for pick-up, delivery and socially distanced patio seating - check out their COVID-19 policies. Stay tuned for their full fall menu.
301 Water Street SE #109, Washington, DC 20003
Located off the buzzing 14th Street Corridor, this all-day Cuban cafe is famous for serving up empanadas, cocktails and coffee. This fall, you can find new menu items including seasonal coffees like the café arroz con leche, a mix of rice milk, almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar with espresso, and the sweet plantain spice cafe con leche, a blend of ripe plantains, Caribbean spices and espresso.
1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
Fall is all about comfort, and perhaps the ultimate comfort food is pasta. You’ll find plenty of it at Lupo Verde Osteria near Georgetown. Dig into the delicious cacio e pepe, featuring tonnarelli pasta, cacao di roma, pecorino and black pepper. The restaurant's lasagna is also mouthwatering, with its homemade bolognese, tomato sauce and mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
4814 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC 20007