The New York Times recently touted pumpkin as the new bacon, so it’s no surprise it’s appearing on most restaurants’ fall menus. As days get shorter and darker and it starts to feel like winter is around the corner, autumn’s dishes offer a comfort to diners. Baltimore’s restaurants are sourcing local pumpkins, toasting the seeds, pureeing the meat and mixing it with other seasonal flavors. These five Baltimore restaurants are using pumpkin to add both sweet and hearty flavors to locals’ favorite foods.
B, A Bolton Hill Bistro
1115 Bolton Street
Baltimore, Md. 21217
B, a Bolton Hill bistro is tucked away among the neighborhood’s large brownstones and prides itself on using local, seasonal ingredients. Many of the ingredients used in B’s kitchen are from its own Fig Leaf Farm in Howard County. To start the pumpkin tasting, order the Southwestern cauliflower gratin with pumpkin seeds and aged Jack. Next, enjoy the pumpkin and kale agnolotti with toasted pine nuts and aged gouda for authentic autumn flavors.
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Fleet Street Kitchen
1012 Fleet Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Fleet Street Kitchen is one of Baltimore’s newest farm-to-table concepts and is keeping its pumpkin dish local this season. The pumpkin soup at Fleet Street is pureed from local pumpkins sourced from Pine Grove Farms in Caroline County. Executive Chef Chris Becker cooks the pumpkin and then purees it with butternut squash juice, vegetable stock, leeks, honey and sage. The soup is garnished with a nutmeg marshmallow, which is made in house, and a pumpernickel crumble.
The Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
While best known for its selection of beers, The Brewer’s Art is a great place to satisfy pumpkin cravings. Diners may start with the chickpea burger, which includes pumpkin seeds, or the pumpkin risotto with trumpet mushrooms and sheep’s milk cheese. Leave room for the pumpkin flan, though. It delivers a pumpkin-pie spiciness and is served alongside molasses cookies.
806 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
For The Helmand, which has been serving Baltimore Afghan cuisine for more than 20 years, pumpkin is a traditional ingredient year-round, not just in the fall. Like B, a Bolton Hill bistro, Helmand brings its pumpkins from Fig Leaf farms, keeping the dishes local and fresh. Diners may order the baked kaddo borawni ($5.25) and pan-fried baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served with a yogurt garlic sauce. The Helmand recommends ordering a side of naan bread to enjoy with the sauce.
5113 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21210
www.eddiesofrolandpark.com6213 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21212
Eddie’s of Roland Park’s pumpkin bars received city-wide acknowledgement with the Baltimore City Paper’s “Best Snack” award. City Paper notes that it “nerdily looks forward to these things every year.” Eddie’s pumpkin bars balance sweetness and seasonal spices to ensure authentic flavor. A pumpkin bar is an easy way to squash the pumpkin craving without indulging in an entire pie. Eddie’s also offers a pumpkin mousse bomb and pumpkin-raisin cookies for the sweet tooth.