As all pumpkin-obsessed individuals will tell you, there's no experience quite like a five-course pumpkin experience. In order to help you fully realize yours, we've found a way to start your day with a pumpkin-filled breakfast and end it with a dessert worth writing home about. Forget about your pumpkin pies and pumpkin seeds, and try out our culinary adventure. We promise it'll be a smashing good time.
1011 12th Espresso Bar
1011 12th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
True pumpkin lovers will tell you that the only way to start your day is with a healthy dose of everyone's favorite squash, and this espresso bar has got you covered. Open from 6:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Monday through Friday, this downtown favorite offers a pumpkin scone that is to die for. Not enough pumpkin for you? Heading into fall, the Espresso Bar will be reintroducing its pumpkin spice latte, which is the perfect way to face a Monday morning.
Muntean's Sandwiches & Soups
1225 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
There is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold and rainy fall day, and Muntean's is the best place to go for creamy, delectable soups. It offers a wide variety of meat-, seafood- and vegetable-based soups in addition to sandwiches, salads and Romanian, Greek and Hungarian specials. However, its crowning glory would have to be its pumpkin leek soup, which is a really delicious blend that isn't overpowered by either component. In order to maximize lunch, order half a sandwich or a gyro with your soup.
3890 Truxel Road, Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95834
For those who prefer their pumpkin to come with a bit of a kick, Thai Spoon has exactly what you are looking for. Its pumpkin curry is a delicious mixture of bell peppers, chicken, prawns, pumpkin and basil in a red curry and coconut milk base. The curry has chunks of pumpkin cooked to the consistency of the typical potatoes you would find in a curry. For those who are easily deterred by spice, you can customize your spice level (to a degree), and the heat can easily be cut by adding the curry to the yummy brown rice.
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Mei Mei Noodle Factory
1715 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
For those looking for a little more interaction with their dinner, try Mei Mei Noodle Factory, a very hidden gem located in downtown Sacramento. While this isn't your typical noodle shop, as it strictly sells uncooked noodles by the pound, this place is just too good not to share. In the fall, it offers weekly specials including pumpkin noodles, sold for $1 per pound, that are made fresh in the morning and only take five minutes in boiling water to enjoy. Why are these pumpkin noodles far above any other local restaurant offerings? They are simple, delicious and completely pure pumpkin goodness. The best thing is that they are completely customizable. Make them into a soup, a stir fry, or for the true pumpkin lovers, pair them with a pumpkin cream sauce.
The Plum Cafe
2315 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
No pumpkin excursion is complete without dessert. Take a step away from the grocery store pumpkin pie and head to the Plum Cafe, which offers a pumpkin whoopie pie that comes with a cream cheese frosting. The best thing about the Plum Cafe is that all of its treats are vegan and most are gluten free, however they all have a devilishly good taste. For those lucky enough, the Plum Cafe periodically offers a pumpkin cheesecake that is so rich, it makes the monopoly man look positively poverty stricken.
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Megan Bowyer is a freelance writer in search of the best food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer. You can find her at any number of dive bars or trendy restaurants; just look for the short blonde feeding the jukebox. Her work can be found at "Examiner.com"
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