September is synonymous with pumpkin spice season, whether in the form of tantalizing desserts or swapping iced coffee for the beloved PSL (pumpkin spiced latte). If you’re already in full autumn palate mode – you’re in luck. Local cafes, restaurants, and breweries are serving up both classic and surprising offerings starring the ingredient of the season: pumpkin.
People come from near and far to enjoy the Plunderdome Pumpkin Maple Ale (say that five times fast!) at “the smallest brewery in the smallest state,” a woman-owned craft beer establishment. Sit outside on a mild day and sip one of these wildly popular, multi-layered brews on tap for fall. Pawtucket, CrookedCurrentBreweryRI.com
Stepping through the door at this soda fountain (that’s also a toy and candy shop) is like traveling back in time. It’s a mainstay for indulging in a classic Rhody cabinet – ice cream mixed with coffee syrup, milk, and shaved ice, shaken vigorously. Come this time of year, you can sip a pumpkin cabinet or opt for a dish of pumpkin ice cream straight up.
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This lively restaurant and sports bar has a marvelous selection of not one but multiple varieties of pumpkin martinis to choose from this time of year. How does Caramel Salted Pumpkin, or White Chocolate Pumpkin sound? Go for the ‘tini specials and stay for the ginormous lunch and dinner menu (and Pumpkin Mocha Cream cake for dessert). Smithfield, LaurasBarAndGrill.com
My husband and I first discovered this family-owned bakery that’s been around for 35 years when sampling their delightful selection of sweet goodies last fall. Regulars wait all year long for the return of their flavorful pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Bonus points for the fun-tastic autumnal decorations inside and out. Warwick, LeFavoriteBakery.com
If you live for pumpkin spice lattes, then you’ll flip for the Pumpkin Dirty Chai at this Main Street cafe, prepared with house-made syrup. Bring a little decadence to any autumn morning by adding a fancy toast or steaming bowl of oatmeal to your pre-work coffee run, or sit inside for a deliciously slow start to the day. East Greenwich, NookCoffeeHouse.com
This family-run local chain of restaurants has been serving breakfast and lunch all day for over 40 years. Fall means the return of their pumpkin pancakes, available as a full stack or a single (to add a little something sweet to your usual breakfast order), and, of course, served with warm pure maple syrup. Cranston, East Greenwich & Narragansett, TsRestaurantRI.com
Proving that not all seasonal extravagances come in the sweet variety, specialty Italian grocery staple Venda invites shoppers to treat their families to pumpkin-filled ravioli for dinner. For friends who don’t live on Federal Hill, you can have these prepared pasta delicacies shipped to cook up at home for a cozy evening meal. Providence, VendaRavioliStore.com
This cheesecakery in the heart of a quaint village in Glocester has two different made-from-scratch pumpkin cheesecakes to choose from – the classic edition and their latte-inspired dessert. Grab a full-size or one of their minis for a mouth-watering midday indulgence.
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