It’s that time of year, when pumpkins are everywhere … in shop windows and on restaurant menus. In a labor of love, Moomin has compiled a list of local squashy delights, updated annually with minireviews.

Highlights of the list:

The Griddle Café’s pumpkin pancakes. Many have been cited, but these take the (pan)cake. They’re unbelievably decadent, with about half a can of pumpkin pie filling on the top … best to share!

The Filling Station’s pumpkin pie is often cited as the Southland’s best; Moomin notes it has a very fluffy custard and an interesting almond flour crust, though it’s not quite his speed. Urth Caffé’s pumpkin pie also has its merits.

Then there’s Leda’s pumpkin cupcakes, “stuffed with Orangey smashyness like a Jaffa Cake.”

For straight-up pumpkin, the roasted kind at El Mercado is outrageously tasty, sticky, spicy, and delicious. Its only flaw is that it’s likely to be served cold.

Thai Nakorn does a terrific pumpkin custard, though it actually tastes more of coconut than pumpkin.

Bulan pumpkin at Bulan Thai, on the other hand, is the best pumpkin curry Moomin’s ever had. It’s served with tofu in a clear herbal broth.

Griddle Café [Hollywood]
7916 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles


Filling Station [Orange County]
201 N. Glassell Street, Orange

Urth Caffé [West Hollywood]
8565 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

Urth Caffé [Beverly Hills]
267 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Urth Caffé [Beaches]
2327 Main Street, Santa Monica

Leda’s Bake Shop [San Fernando Valley]
13722 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks

El Mercado de Los Angeles [East LA]
3425 E. First Street, Los Angeles

Thai Nakorn [Orange County]
11951 Beach Boulevard, Stanton

Bulan Thai [Hollywood]
7168 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Board Link: Pumpkin Season–Recommendations?

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