10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Orange County
Whether you're sick of pumpkin spice-everything already, you have to admit: pumpkin French toast, gelato, and beignets sound delicious and, well, they are. Now that it's fall, several Orange County restaurants have added special pumpkin dishes to their menu--some infusing it more subtly than others. That being said, here are some of the most interesting pumpkin dishes available in the county right now. You'll want to get your hands on them soon because before you know it, they'll be gone.
10. Manhattan Steak and Seafood (Orange)
If you want steak old New York-style in Orange County, try Manhattan Steak and Seafood, a restaurant of polished wood interiors and its own wine cellar. Instead of just ordering, say, Stephane Beauchamp's steak culotte with a side of lobster bisque this season, try their Fairytale Pumpkin Bisque where pumpkin, creme-fraiche, and toasted pecans combine to make the most soothing sips.
202 Main St, Orange, (714) 978-6161; manhattanoc.com; facebook.com/ManhattanOC
9. Disneyland (Anaheim)
You can't have an season-themed list without mentioning Disneyland, which is one of the only places in the county that dresses up for the holidays. Seasonal treats are introduced every season, and this year that includes pumpkin beignets at Cafe Orleans and Mint Julep Bar, pumpkin cheesecake at French Market Restaurant, pumpkin pie at Plaza Inn, and pumpkin flan at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant.
Disneyland Park, 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 781-3463; disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland >!--break--> 8. Scott's Restaurant & Bar (Costa Mesa)
For Scott's Restaurant & Bar Thanksgiving menu this year, $60 per person will get you three courses--and that includes apple and pumpkin fritters with salted caramel as one of the choices for dessert (though the creme catalana and pecan butterscotch namelaka sound good too). For a full look at the courses being offered, check out their menu.
Bristol St, Costa Mesa, (714) 979-2400; scottsrestaurantandbar.com
7. Flappy Jack's Pancake House (Orange)
California's autumn feels more like summer, but luckily we have dishes like pumpkin pancakes from Flappy Jack's Pancake House to help us imagine a backdrop of yellow leaves and cold weather. Each bite is warm and milky with only a hint of pumpkin, making these pancakes the perfect complement to a hearty plate of eggs and potatoes.
2848 N Santiago Blvd, Orange, (714) 283-2800; flappyjacks.com
6. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee (Costa Mesa)
Anne Marie Panoringan
Though they're known for their huckleberry and maple bacon donuts, Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee introduces new flavors each month that are just as delicious. For November, they've got donuts in French spice cake, lemon and thyme, pecan pie, apple, chocolate, and of course, pumpkin. Called "Pumpkin Fool," this donut comes with pumpkin-mascarpone mousse, whipped sour cream, and gingersnap crumble.
270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, (949) 873-5424; sidecardoughnuts.com; Instagram: @sidecardoughnutsNext Page
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