It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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

323-874-0377

Filling Station [Orange County]
201 N. Glassell Street, Orange
714-289-9714
Location

Urth Caffé [West Hollywood]
8565 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
310-659-0628

Urth Caffé [Beverly Hills]
267 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills
310-205-9311

Urth Caffé [Beaches]
2327 Main Street, Santa Monica
310-314-7040

Leda’s Bake Shop [San Fernando Valley]
13722 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
818-386-9644

El Mercado de Los Angeles [East LA]
3425 E. First Street, Los Angeles
323-268-3451

Thai Nakorn [Orange County]
11951 Beach Boulevard, Stanton
714-799-2031

Bulan Thai [Hollywood]
7168 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
323-857-1882
Location

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