Between shorter days, cooler temperatures and aisles full of Halloween candy in the grocery store, all signs are pointing to autumn in Philly. To help get into the hay rides and hot cider spirit of the season, we’ve assembled a list of dishes, drinks and desserts that are all about fall flavors.
Braised short rib sandwich at JG Domestic
Taking inspiration from a classic Philly roast pork, October’s sandwich of the month pairs tender short ribs with Sly Fox proveleta cheese sauce, charred broccolini and roasted garlic.
2929 Arch St.; 215-222-2363
Shrimp and grits at The Olde Bar
This hearty, Low Country dish gets the royal treatment at the Old City seafood house. Old Bay–marinated gulf shrimp tops green chile grits accompaniedy by a poached egg, fried green tomatoes and a frothy shellfish emulsion.
125 Walnut St.; 215-253-3777
Apple cider margarita at Distrito
Margaritas might have a reputation as a summertime-only cocktail, but the good folks behind the bar here are adding fall flavors to the mix with a mix of spiced apple cider tequila, citrus and triple sec mix.
3945 Chestnut St.; 215-222-1657
White bean soup and grilled cheese at Urban Farmer
Swap out typical tomato bisque for creamy white bean and lacinato kale soup, then add a grilled aged cheddar cheese sandwich for a perfect fall lunch.
1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-963-2788
Pumpkin ale at Iron Hill
Pumpkin beers are a dime a dozen this time of year, but this one is as fresh as it gets. It's locally brewed and available to drink at (or take home from) all of this brewery's locations.
Pomegranate sorbetto at Capofitto
This seasonal gelato specialist is getting into fall flavors with a sweet, tart and dairy-free dessert made from beautifully balanced, bright red California poms.
Roasted pumpkin and burrata at The Twisted Tail
Just because tomato season is behind us doesn’t mean that we have to shelve those burrata salads. This Southern dinner and live music venue is matching the creamy cheese with pumpkin slowly roasted with a sweet trio of maple, bourbon and cinnamon.
509 S. Second St.; 215-558-2471
Snapper soup at Oyster House
A well-loved Philadelphia favorite from years gone by, this meaty turtle soup is loaded up with carrots, celery, chives and hard boiled eggs.
1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683
Facturas at Jezebel’s Cafe
Taking advantage of an underutilized fall fruit, this Argentinian cafe is filling petit, buttery breakfast pastries with sweet custard and membrillo, a rosy quince paste. Match a factura with a steaming mug of mate for the ultimate Argentinian breakfast experience.
2536 Pine St.; 267-519-2429
Chicken Milanese torta at Mission Taqueria
Stave off seasonal depression by heading to lunch in the sunny dining room of this Sansom Street taqueria. Breaded, fried chicken gets piled into a sandwich with jalapeno mayo, achiote spread, watercress and avocado.
1516 Sansom St.; 215-383-1200
Eggs in purgatory at Bufad
Cold mornings call for serious breakfasts. A couple of farm fresh eggs bubble away in tangy marinara and provolone with blistered padron peppers.
1240 Spring Garden St.; 215-238-9311
Great pumpkin roll at Federal Donuts
Always on top of the seasonal donut game, this fall favorite is made from Lancaster gourds topped with cream cheese and toasted pepitas. A portion of the proceeds from each donut sale goes to locavore vendor, Fair Food Farmstead a Reading Terminal favorite.
Pumpkin speculoos milkshake at P’unk Burger
Teaming up with Little Babys Ice Cream, this Passyunk Avenue burger bar is offering Belgian cookie butter and pumpkin flavored shakes warmly spiced with ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Bonus: you can also get dairy-free renditions.
1823 E. Passyunk Ave.; 215-468-7865
Loaded tots at Nick’s Bar and Grill
A recently launched brunch menu is home to all sorts of hibernation-perfect plates like these loaded tater tots piled high with slowly cooked pulled pork, kicky jalapeno ranch and a pair of runny fried eggs.
16 S. Second St.; 215-928-9411