With autumn comes the attack of pumpkin spice. And South Lake Union delivers, from the famous latte at Starbucks to its more boutique incarnation at Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts and Coffee. Meanwhile, the elegant La Toscanella Bakery & Paninoteca turns out seasonal pumpkin cannoli and cheesecake, along with a Thanksgiving classic that’s baked there year-round: apple pie.
Seasonal flavors go well beyond the clove, nutmeg and cinnamon that have become T-day’s shorthand signature, though. The Pan Pacific Seattle lobby bar serves fall-inspired fare like bacon-wrapped figs and cream of pumpkin soup. Its highlight: the Truffle Shuffle sandwich, which blends grass-fed beef chuck with manchego cheese, tarragon aioli and a black-truffle vinaigrette.
No cooking? No cleaning? Chandler’s Crabhouse and Daniel’s Broiler have been taking the stress out of T-day meals for decades. “Our menus are an excellent alternative for those seeking something different or who want to avoid the stress of preparing a large dinner,” said Lindsey Schwartz, president and CEO of Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, which owns both eateries. Chandler’s Crabhouse starts with a pickled vegetable tray, then features choices like clam chowder and grilled king salmon with Dungeness crab butter ($50). Daniel’s Broiler includes entrées like sage-dressed turkey and maple-cured pork roast, both with garlic-mashed potatoes ($57). “This year we want to show you a meal inspired by the same comfort and nostalgia that make this holiday so dear to us,” Schwartz said.
If you’d rather host at home, look no further than Whole Foods for inspiration and ingredients. Its Holiday Solution Center opened at the South Lake Union store on November 16. Staffers can advise you on dishes and pairings, or you can just order a prepared meal—the options include turkey, ham, and prime rib dinners, along with vegan and paleo menus.