Though Halloween has come and gone, pumpkins are still on our minds and on menus across the Bay Area.
For breakfast, Caitlin McGrath endorses the ginger-pumpkin pancakes at Cock-a-Doodle Cafe in Oakland. "Lovely, fluffy, though not thick, with subtle but present pumpkin flavor and a nice dose of ginger," she says. She was surprised to learn that only 2 tablespoons of dry ginger are used in an 8-quart batch of batter, which meant that the pumpkin and ginger flavors weren't obscured by a kitchen sink of spices tossed into the mix.
On its Thanksgiving menu, Redwood City's La Biscotteria offers pumpkin cannoli—which were a big hit among hounds last year. "Love, love love," said Eat.Choui of the cannoli, describing them as "so creamy, almost like ice cream."
A recent thread covered all of the bases of the Bay Area's best-of pumpkin preparations for 2011. milklady adored Crixa's "lightly spiced, custardy" pumpkin pie (but she will take it without the eggshells next time, please).
Cock-a-Doodle Cafe [East Bay]
719 Washington Street, Oakland
La Biscotteria [Peninsula]
2747 El Camino Real, Redwood City
Crixa Cakes [East Bay]
2748 Adeline Street, Berkeley