PUMPKIN-FLAVORED FOODS THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOOD

The pumpkin spice craze went off the rails long ago, but we've rounded up some gourd-flavored goodies that still have dignity.
  1. Pumpkin Whoopie Pie from Brite Spot
    The cake part is moist and super pumpkiny, just begging for that smidge of vanilla frosting.
  2. Smashing Pumpkin Burger from Daily Dose Café
    Curb your skepticism. The patty is a blend of grass-fed chuck, oxtail, and pork shoulder. The pumpkin is roasted with spices, chilled, and pureed with a little crème fraîche, cassis, and brown sugar. It's all served on a brioche bun with onions, radish, micro greens, and lemon aioli.
  3. Pie One On Cocktail from Gracias Madre
    Made of tequila añejo, port, housemade pepita pumpkin butter, lemon, demerara, and house aromatic bitters, this is a complex sipper for sure.
  4. Pumpkin Tart from Gadarene Swine
    A lemon sugar cookie base topped with rosemary caramel, pumpkin mousse, kaffir lime pumpkin seeds, candied pecans, sweet potato chips and whipped cream—it's a dream come true.
  5. Pumpkin Ricotta Bombolini from Wildcraft
    They're Italian-style doughnuts, but filled with creamy ricotta and Cinderella pumpkin purée. The finishing touch: spiced vanilla sugar and yogurt mascarpone.
  6. Pumpkin Blue Corn Tamale from Chavela
    This spicy, organic blue corn tamale is stuffed with sugar pie pumpkin and served with Anasazi beans, roasted red pepper-tomato sauce, and sautéed market vegetables.
  7. Pumpkin Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory
    Don't dismiss this this place just because it's a chain. Their pumpkin cheesecake is exceptionally creamy with a primo crust that showcases a strong pumpkin flavor.