13 Foods to Get You Into the Fall Spirit

By Darlene Horn  |  October 8, 2014

October signals the start of the fall season, and although the weather still feels like summer, seasonal foods are popping up on menus around town. Here's a roundup of foods to check out this fall.


PB Ale House’s Pumpkin Ale (prices vary) ranks near the top of our list of must-try fall brews. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins were roasted, smoked and rubbed with honey and brown-sugar glaze for the special batch. Drink up on the spot or pick up a growler to enjoy at home.

Hillcrest sausage purveyor Salt & Cleaver’s beer-float creation combines seasonal Hefeweizen with vanilla ice cream and an orange-vanilla syrup in their German Creamsicle ($9). Pairing this beverage with any number of their housemade sausages feels like Oktoberfest all year round.


Tavern’s best Oktoberfest offering comes in the form of bite-size appetizers. Pretzel-wrapped cheddar-beer brats served with mustard, green papaya and jicama slaw keep the German tradition alive in their Kegs in a Blanket ($9; pictured at the top) with a bit of Southern California ingredients thrown in for good measure.


The Grant Grill still offers old standbys like mock turtle soup, but chef Sam Burman updates the restaurant’s fall offerings with a showstopping rib-eye for two ($100; pictured above). The 38-day dry-aged hunk of meat is seared until medium and served with roasted tropea onions and a truffle potato purée.

Find a pretzel pork schnitzel ($13.95) from now until the end of October at Lazy Dog Cafe. This hearty entree is served with German potato salad and a housemade green apple-napa cabbage slaw.

Clam bake season ($35 per person) on the East Coast is over, but you can experience it all month long at Spike Africa’s, complete with shellfish, vegetables and potatoes. The fest comes with Old Bay seasoning, hot sauce and, of course, bibs.



Little Italy’s Monello amps up the flavors of fall in their torta di mele ($9; pictured above), a deep-dish apple pie fortified with vanilla custard in the middle that will have you looking at apple pies a bit differently. It's a family recipe that's a new addition on the menu and hopefully here to stay.

Cap off a healthy meal at True Foods Kitchen with a slice of squash pie ($7), an annual dessert available only in the fall. It's baked fresh and served with a coconut whipped cream.


Bake Sale is bursting with Halloween treats, including pumpkin-seed brittle ($3.95 per bag) and from-scratch mummy pop tarts filled with housemade strawberry jam ($3.75; pictured above). Still lacking the fall experience? Wash it down with pumpkin lattes made with real pumpkin purée.

La Mesa’s Bo-beau kitchen + garden is heating things up with their warm pumpkin bread pudding ($7.50). Salted caramel and a cinnamon whipped cream served alongside the dessert will get you in the mood for fall.


Keeping in step with their limited seasonal menu offerings, Bruxie is serving two sweet pumpkin treats. The pumpkin shake ($4.95), made with Wisconsin frozen custard, and a pumpkin cheesecake ($6.95; pictured above) with candied pecans and gingersnap cookie crumble stuffed into their signature yeast-raised waffle, are available all season long.