It’s alarming to see Christmas decorations in September as every year seasons are pushed to change more quickly. One happy early entry is the rise of pumpkin flavored treats, once reserved for October, now available Labor Day. Dive into this orange gourd for a taste of fall instantaneously.
Good Enough To Eat (520 Columbus Avenue) You’ve probably seen the hoards of people waiting for brunch outside for a table at this popular bistro. While I rarely wait in lines, their homemade Pumpkin Bread French Toast topped with pear and cranberry compote ($15.50) is worth the wait. Served with their signature strawberry butter, the bread is perfectly griddled and full of pumpkin seasoning. The fruit compote gives each bite a juicy chaperone chock full of autumnal flavors. All of their breads, sauces and desserts are made fresh daily and local ingredients are sourced whenever possible. The vibe screams small town diner, big on portions and flavor. Try to visit during the week to sample the breakfast menu with slightly less crowds.
Punch Restaurant (913 Broadway) Punch provides a comfortable and casual atmosphere to enjoy fine food and beverages, while large HD screens allow for the enjoyment of major sporting events. For brunch on weekends until 4 p.m., try the Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes served with cinnamon whipped cream and caramel sauce ($15). Add an hour and a half bottomless option including brunch cocktails and beer for $24.99. They have a wide ranging menu available until 11 p.m. plus bar snacks until 1 a.m. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. daily with rotating drink specials. The welcoming Parisian bistro vibe is splendid for family brunches and date nights. Use Opentable to book your next brunch reservation.
Alice’s Tea Cup (2 locations) Few pumpkin goodies get me more excited than Alice’s pumpkin scone. It is lightly covered with a not-too-sweet caramel glaze that perfectly compliments the puffy pastry. It is utterly moist on the inside with a flaky outer crust. All scones are served with their homemade clotted cream and raspberry jam. For whatever reason, these two condiments make every scone just a little bit better. Alice’s is ideal for tea toddlers with more than one hundred teas offerings and three levels of tea service. The Nibbler includes a choice of one scone and one sandwich with assorted mini cookies for $36 or choose The Mad Hatter for two tea lovers for $70. If you’re looking for a pig out session, choose The Jabberwocky with unlimited scones and sandwiches plus cakes and cookies for $56. Sandwiches, salads and a kid-friendly menu make Alice’s a great pick for a girl outing or the little ones.