Everything you need to eat, drink and do to make the most of the best season of the year.
It’s cliché to even say it, but whatever: We love to fall. Sure, all the fresh, barely cooked produce we eat in the summer? This is amazing. But when the air cools back, we’re excited to start eating cheesy, saucy, and rich food again. And yes, pumpkin-related foods and drinks are on that list. Fall in Philadelphia is just as fast as spring and summer, so here’s our must-eat (and drink) list so we make sure it doesn’t pass us by.
Enjoy a spoon Weckerly pumpkin ice cream
In Philly, we use Weckerly’s seasonal ice cream menu to keep track of time. And it didn’t drop until we had at least a scoop of their pumpkin ice cream and bought another pint to keep in the fridge at home.
Eat apple cider donuts at Linvilla Gardens
No need to go to Linvilla Orchards, especially to eat the donuts (there are many places around town to fix your cider donut), but Linvilla makes fantastic donuts — especially while still hot from the frying pan.
Have a Trick or Treat it in Genius Evil Brewing
If donuts aren’t your thing, try a pint of Evil Genius’s Trick or Treat beer, malty, dark porter brewed with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and chocolate for an almost better taste than Reese’s first. Trophy on Halloween. Available in a bottle or in their tasting room in Fishtown.
Wake up your fall with a maple latte di General meeting
Rally is our go-to place for all kinds of seasonal flavored lattes. It’s never too sweet, and they depend as much on matching it with the right espresso as it does on choosing the right syrup. The maple latte is a great example of this: a slightly sweet special occasion drink that is never too cloying.
Try the bagels with Lady Bunny schmear at Korshak Bagels
If you have strong feelings about sweet bagels, please set aside a moment and try Lady Bunny’s schmear in Korshak. They took their classic cream cheese (made with goat’s milk and mozzarella whey) and added grated carrots, toasted walnuts, drunken raisins (dried in liqueur) and cinnamon for a fall-tasting schmear.
Indulge in black truffles at Cricket
Different types of truffles have seasons throughout the year, but fall is the best season of the year to spend on a truffle-centric meal, ideally in an Italian restaurant. Angela and Joe Cicala’s lavish dining room at Fairmount is an excellent place to watch servers shave paper-thin black truffles over your dinner.
Warm it up with a bowl of beouf bourguignon at Bistro La Minette
After months of craving a cold, it’s great to have a bowl of beef stew of red wine, carrots and potatoes that warms you up from the inside.
Prepare for Thanksgiving with a gobbler-style sandwich from real turkey
Every year, there’s a time a few weeks before Thanksgiving when the craving for a Thanksgiving-style sandwich hits us hard. We needed dark turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing between two slices of bread, and we really needed it. This year, we went above and beyond by going early and often to Authentic Turkey.
Get in the Halloween spirit with prickly apple cider in Eastern State Jail
They may have eliminated the scariest haunted house in the state, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some spooky vibes on Halloween Night at the Penitentiary — ideally with hot spiked apple cider and a walk through one of the house’s haunted places.
Take a piece of pumpkin challah from Essen Bakery
There are endless options for what to do with a slice of Essen pumpkin challah: bake and butter it, dip it in coffee, turn it into fall bread pudding. Actually… come to think of it, you might need two buns.
Try the old-fashioned maple whiskey from Manatawny
In the fall, Manatawny brings out their seasonal maple whiskey, which is enriched with aged maple from Whiskey Hollow before being put into casks. The results are perfect to enjoy in their quaint fall season, ideally during Passyunk’s Fall Fast.
Enjoy pumpkin drink at Morgan Pier
If you think of Morgan Pier as your summer destination, we’re here to tell you about the Fall Festival. The whole room was covered in haystacks and flannels, and the drink menu shifted to include lots of apples, bourbon and herbs, and lots of pumpkin beer. As a bonus, you can buy pumpkins on the spot and they’ll let you carve them with free carving tools.
Get a really good pie from Pie Bird Farm
Head to Buck’s County and visit Pie Bird Farm, a 161-year-old ranch that finds new life when husband and wife team Jennifer Brodsky and Eric Theesefield rebuild an old property. Their pies range from classic apples to heirloom pumpkin and ginger ale, all of which are handcrafted with butter crusts.
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