In North Texas, fall means drinking a steaming cup of pumpkin spice-flavored joe with hot weather to match. The forecast for Thursday, the first day of fall, will deliver Dallas temperatures in the upper 90s.
We don’t typically get brisk autumnal weather for more than a few weeks, but here are some places to eat and drink like we’ve got it now.
The Dallas-based mini-chain is offering limited-time fall menu items with all the spicy, warm flavors you could want. There is a classic pumpkin spice latte, but there’s also a pear matcha latte, with swirls of fruity pear and caramel. For chai fans, there’s the chaider, a spiced chai mixed with hot apple cider.
Most exciting is the cortado pie flight, which includes a mini serving of apple, blueberry, and pumpkin spice-flavored cortados. Add a dollop of the cardamom whipped cream on top of each for a pie-like treat.
Ascension Coffee | multiple locations
The shuffleboard-centric bar in Deep Ellum doesn’t have a dedicated fall menu, but one of their cocktails is sure to give out fall vibes: the salted caramel espresso martini is a twist on the caffeinated cocktail that uses vanilla-infused vodka and salted caramel.
Electric Shuffle | 2615 Elm St.
The Dallas-based shop sells scrumptious pies all year round, but for fall they’ve added four new variations for the season. The Nannerz, reminiscent of a banana pudding, is a vanilla custard pie with sliced bananas and caramel. The Drop Dead Gourdgeous is a spiced pumpkin custard pie with a gingerbread crust, and the Nutty Honey is a peanut butter cream pie with honey and a graham cracker crust. The fourth pie, the Buttercream Gang, is made of buttermilk tucked into a shortbread crust.
Emporium Pies | multiple locations
Leila Bakery & Café
Leila Bakery & Café in East Dallas will have what chef Kelly Ball says are “fall basics”: apple crumble pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and an apple cinnamon kolache. She’s also got a few other treats in store: a butternut squash and smoked mozzarella quiche, a rosemary pine nut tart, and a vanilla pear Kouign-Amann (a dough-based pastry that is similar to a croissant).
Leila Bakery & Café | 6041 Oram St.
Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge
On Oct. 1, Primo’s will go into full pumpkin force and feature a fall cocktail on their menu called the “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater,” a drink with bourbon, horchata, allspice dram, pumpkin syrup, cold brew, and vanilla cream. You can find the cocktail at all Primo’s locations and at Overeasy and Bourbon & Banter inside the Statler Hotel.
Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge | 3309 McKinney Ave.; 1914 Commerce St. 4120 River Walk Dr, Flower Mound.
Seely’s Mill, located inside the Beeman Hotel, added a classic cocktail with a twist. The Spiced Pecan Old Fashioned is bourbon, praline liqueur, and bitters mixed and poured on top of an orange-infused ice cube. If you’re feeling up to it, the Beeman Hotel has weekly live music to ring in the fall vibes.
Seely’s Mill | 6070 North Central Expwy.
Through Oct. 2, SusieCakes is offering a German chocolate cake and apple pie for anyone looking to scoop up a dessert (or two). The bakery will also serve a fall wreath cake, which is a vanilla cake decorated with a fall wreath, for anyone who just wants to ring in the season with a sweet treat.
SusieCakes | 6100 Luther Ln.; 6441 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 150; 1621 River Run, Fort Worth
Editor’s note: This post was updated to add a cocktail from Seely’s Mill.