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Top Pumpkin Dishes In South Florida

October 18, 2013 9:00 AM

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Fall is the time of year for apple-spice goodness and everything pumpkin. The market is so saturated with pumpkin dishes during the fall that you can’t open a menu without seeing a highlight about the chef’s latest take on pumpkin. The worst part isn’t the advertisements. It’s when the pumpkin dishes are discontinued in favor of more wintery cuisine. But have no fear. There are several South Florida restaurants that serve pumpkin and squash year round so you never have to rush to find your favorite fall flavor.
squash Top Pumpkin Dishes In South Florida

Squash can make any meal delicious (Credit, Niema Hulin)

The Cafe

509 Southard St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 295-5515
www.thecafekw.com

The Cafe has a reputation for its delicious and eclectic vegetarian concoctions that taste so good, you’ll forget they’re healthy. One of the highlights on the menu is the baked brown sugar acorn squash. This warmly satisfying dish contains squash stuffed with curried Asian couscous, organic red quinoa, zucchini, dried cranberries, scallions and pine nuts served over sautéed spinach. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, this dish is simply something you must try when you’re in the Key West area.

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Jamaica Kitchen

8736 S.W. 72nd St.
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 596-2585
www.jamaicakitchen.com

Restaurants in south Florida that serve a great pumpkin soup aren’t in short supply so that’s why it’s so refreshing to find a restaurant with its own unique take on this classic dish. Jamaica Kitchen serves a chicken pumpkin soup every Monday that has all of the creaminess that you would expect from soup and all of the tastes of fall. This item is on the menu year round so you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get your fall fix.

pumpkin ravioli Top Pumpkin Dishes In South Florida

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Fresco California Bistro

1744 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 858-0608

Fresco California Bistro doesn’t make ordinary pasta and that’s because it makes its own pasta. Fresco’s corn ravioli is a foodie’s favorite but the ravioli di zucca, also known as pumpkin ravioli, is a signature dish. It’s served in a mascarpone cheese sauce and the flavor is creamy and bursting with pumpkin flavor. The taste is so devine that you’ll never go back to the standard cheese ravioli again.

Michy’s

6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 759-2001
www.michysmiami.com

Michy’s is always at the top of south Florida ‘best of’ lists and there is a reason for that. Chef Michelle Bernstein pairs delightful and unexpected ingredients in each and every one of her recipes. For instance, her tasting menu sometimes includes squash blossoms filled with shrimp mousseline or you can also order her butternut squash risotto. Either way, you will get a gourmet meal that is incomparable to any place you’ve ever been.

pumpkins Top Pumpkin Dishes In South Florida

Pumpkin brings out the flavors of fall (Credit, Niema Hulin)

Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar

5677 Coral Ridge Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
(954) 346-3434
www.falafel-bistro.com

Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar specializes in authentic Mediterranean food but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to spice up the typical vegetable soup. The pumpkin-sweet potato soup is a puree that is nothing short of creamy, comforting goodness. Patrons can either order a cup of soup to supplement their supper or they can order a bowl and make it a meal. It’s sure to bring back those warm and fuzzy fall memories any time of the year. Call for availability.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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