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Best Pumpkin Treats & Desserts In Los Angeles

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No fall menu is complete without an element of pumpkin. Across the city as the weather cools and it starts to feel like fall, restaurants are implanting pumpkin into all sorts of delicious treats and sweets. Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient that can be used for both sweet and savory dishes and compiled below are some of the best pumpkin dishes and desserts that have to be tried!

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Thai Curry Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Ayara Thai
6245 W 87th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 410-8848

Created by owner Vanda Asapahu of Ayara Thai, inspiration for the Thai Curry Pumpkin Crème Brûlée came from the craze of all things pumpkin and Ayara putting their own Thai-twist on their seasonal dessert. Adding a bit of spice this year, the Thai Curry Pumpkin Crème Brûlée is made with red curry paste, chili, ginger, and coconut milk.

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Pumpkin Spice Donut
Birdies LA
314 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 536-5720

Birdies offers a simple menu of Americana classics reimagined with a modern twist with artisanal donuts made hourly and free-range fried chicken being the staples of the menu. Their Pumpkin Spice Donut is made with real pumpkin, covered in a brown sugar and spice glaze, topped with a dollop of spiced whipped cream pumpkin seeds and gold flakes.

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Pumpkin Whoopie pie
Brite Spot
1918 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800

The Brite Spot in Echo Park bakes a traditional Whoopie Pie with a healthy helping of real pumpkin and pumpkin spices as the outer-portion of this 'sandwich' and a vanilla cream frosting in between. For just a small cost, the Pumpkin Whoopie pie is just the right amount of sweet during this fall season.

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Pumpkin Pot De Creme
Carbon Beach Club
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 460-7509

Located in beautiful Malibu overlooking the beautiful Malibu Pier and the Pacific Ocean, Carbon Beach Club serves seasonal Californian cuisine in their dining room and outdoor patio with ocean views. To celebrate pumpkins this holiday season, their Pumpkin Pot de Crème is made with pumpkin puree, nutmeg and topped with house-made vanilla bean whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Between Pumpkin Pecan Whoopies
8588 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-5559

The architecturally inspired gourmet, unique, hand-crafted ice-cream and desserts shop Coolhaus, with locations in Culver City and Pasadena, brings their Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cream for the fall and winter seasons. The ice cream is made with pumpkin and chai spices and pairs well with the soft, sweet Pumpkin Pecan Whoopies with toasted & roasted salted pecans.

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Pumpkin Mascarpone Semifreddo
Crossroads Kitchen
8284 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245

Headed by Chef Tal Ronnen, LA's premier vegan restaurant is offering a refreshing take on the seasonal autumn pumpkin. Executive Pastry Chef Emmy Miller's Pumpkin Mascarpone Semifreddo, which is completely vegan without the use of dairy or eggs, is ideal for the warm weather Los Angeles tends to get this time of year. Made with pumpkin and almond mascarpone and served with a coconut milk-based spiced creme anglaise, toasted pistachio and pomegranate.

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Pumpkin Macarons
Le Petit Paris
418 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 217-4445

Le Petit Paris, the elegant French brasserie with a beautiful patio in downtown LA, is offering Pumpkin Macarons for the fall season. The macarons are made in house and are also available for purchase from the restaurant's gift shop, La Boutique. An assortment of four macarons are available in a pack.

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9800

Serving creative cookies, local ice cream and other treats in a homey setting, Milk Jar Cookies is welcoming sweater weather with the Pumpkin Pie Cookie, available at their mid-Wilshire shop and for online order/delivery now through the end of November. This fall favorite is made with real pumpkin and topped with plenty of crunchy candied pecans. It pairs perfectly with hot cinnamon tea or coffee to create a cozy moment for those Angelenos longing for fall.

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding
888 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 988-8880

The new DTLA restaurant which is gaining acclaim for its handmade pastas, charcuterie and its high-end Basement Bar as well as The Whiskey Room, is serving a unique take on a traditional Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding. Their offering is made with bacon fat caramel, braised pear and pork skin and topped with Belgian Beer ice cream and a cranberry chutney.

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Pumpkin Macarons
Pitchoun! Bakery
545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 689-3240

Pitchoun! is a family-owned French bakery and pastry shop that brings the quintessential French dining experience to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. From artisan bread and homemade pastries to authentic soups and salads, native French owners Frédéric and Fabienne Soulies freshly prepare everything from scratch using their family recipes. Pitchoun!'s menu features seasonal fall favorites such as their Pumpkin Danish and Pumpkin Macarons which contain real pumpkin and a pumpkin buttercream filling.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1401 Ocean Ave #104
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 857-1364

At LA's modern American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, the team is paying homage to Fall with their exclusive Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller. The donut is comprised of pâte à choux dough formed into a circular shape, fried to order, and loaded with whipped candied pumpkin purée, cold-brew coffee pastry cream, and cinnamon-spiced sugar.

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Pumpkin Soufflé
The Polo Lounge
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777

Executive pastry Chef Michael Aguilar has reinvented the Polo Lounge's signature soufflé to best celebrate the fall season. The Pumpkin Soufflé is offered every Wednesday evening from now until Thanksgiving and is served with vanilla sauce and whip cream.

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Pumpkin Fritters
9201 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

The pumpkin fritters are ROKU at similar to donut holes as the pumpkin batter is deep fried then topped with sugar and cinnamon. To provide some contrast, the fritters are paired with cool chocolate ice cream and topped with hazelnuts for added texture.

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Pumpkin Crème Brulee Ice Cream
Rori's Artisanal Creamery
910 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 744-8572

Rori's Artisanal Creamery's creates bold, high quality and organic ice cream flavors and recipes for all of the cookies, cones, sauces and candy served. For this season, they are offering their organic Pumpkin Crème Brulee Ice Cream flavor, which is available for a short time only. Best enjoyed in a freshly made cinnamon waffle cone, make sure and hurry to get in your pumpkin fix.

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Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin Sherbet
Salt & Straw
829 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 988-7070

The artisanal scoop shop known for its monthly rotating flavor series has a chef-driven pumpkin sherbet on its October "Spooktacular" menu, available at all four locations, including its brand new scoop shop in the Arts District, until Halloween. Every bite of head ice cream maker Tyler Malek's homemade pumpkin juice sherbet spiked with swirls of tart lemon sherbet will transport you straight to memories of sitting with your family scooping the insides out of pumpkins ready to be carved.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Shade Redondo Beach: Sea Level
655 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 921-8940

This creamy, slightly sweet pumpkin cheesecake is a modern twist on a Fall favorite and is only available for a limited time. The Pumpkin Cheesecake is light almost like a mouse, and topped with salted caramel, a pepita crumble and vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy this dessert while overlooking the picturesque Pacific Ocean as your backdrop.

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Spiced Pumpkin Bon Bons
Sweet Rose Creamery
826 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 260-2663

With five locations throughout Los Angeles, Sweet Rose Creamery makes small batches of hand-crafted ice cream daily in their kitchen in Santa Monica. Using only organic ingredients, their new menu item is their Spiced Pumpkin Bon Bons which is made up of mini scoops of Sweet Rose Creamery's seasonal, homemade Spiced Pumpkin ice cream dipped in Guittard dark chocolate.

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Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut
Taste on Melrose
8454 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 852-6888

The West Hollywood restaurant which serves farmer's market-influenced comfort food in a casually elegant setting is serving guests its Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut this season. This soft, pumpkin brioche doughnut is bathed in butter and tossed with a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar.

Article by Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. More of his work can be viewed at Connect with him on Twitter: @JaroneAsh.
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