It’s that time of year again — pumpkin lattes and muffins have made their return, along with enticing entrees that are sure to become new trends. Pie is not the only host of pumpkin filling anymore. These Charlotte restaurants know how to incorporate seasonal squash into everyday favorites perfect for any palate.
300 East Blvd.
For an American dish with a seasonal splash, try the butternut squash and pumpkin seed pesto pizza. Served with bacon, fontina and feta, this pie spells pumpkin patch like no other. Continue the evening with faro sautée, which combines butternut squash, roasted mushrooms, kale and parmesan, with a choice of shrimp, chicken or veggies. 300 East has been a restaurant staple in the Dilworth community for more than 25 years and continues to excel in eclectic, casual dining.
1220 Thomas Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
For a side dish at a place called Dish, try the squash casserole. Famous for home-style cooking and an appearance on “Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Dish brings Sunday tradition to everyday convenience. Whether accompanied by Southern fried steak or pot roast, squash casserole makes the perfect side. Open since 2008, the restaurant offers warm cooking and service that makes everyone feel at home. Originally a lunch and dinner establishment, Dish now serves breakfast on Saturdays for early birds.
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1323 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
For a vegan-style pumpkin filling that has autumn written all over it, get a taste of Fern’s flavors. Start with autumn leeks accompanied by pumpkin puree, muscadine grapes and kale for an appetizer. Then continue with a dinner entrée of pumpkin filet paired with turnip and apple puree, caramelized Brussels sprouts and mushroom bacon. These two dishes combined give Charlotte residents something to fall for this season. Visit for weekend brunch and $1 bloodies. With new Executive Chef Drew Trepanier dishing out these seasonal treats and more, Fern is the essential place to meet companions for a bite. Recently celebrating its first birthday, Fern gives the area’s vegan eaters a delectable night out.
1701 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
Serving both chilled and warm treats, Good Food on Montford celebrates the return of autumn with butternut squash soup, crispy granola and crème fraiche. Proceed with snapper and summer squash to get a complete seasonal experience. Wash down dinner and unwind from a long day of work with $5 draft beers. Known for having flavorful mussels in a sophisticated environment, Good Food on Montford has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and regulars alike.
1601 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Located in the Lucas House, The Fig Tree serves up scallops with a unique twist this season. Guests are served sautéed pumpkin seed praline-crusted sea scallops. If this does not fulfill pumpkin cravings, the appetizer is dished out with pumpkin polenta cake. Featuring five elegant dining rooms, the Lucas House represents a 1913 historical home in the Elizabeth neighborhood. The Fig Tree prides itself on offering seasonal specialties based on French and Italian cuisine. Dinner reservations may be made via the online form or by phone.
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