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It’s the season of apple pie, pumpkin bread, turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. You’ve had the basics, now it’s time to taste the best. Pumpkin ravioli, pancakes and empanadas are must-haves this fall. These and other pumpkin dishes will have you thinking differently about fall recipes after you visit these restaurants.

Pumpkin Ravioli

10989 NW Freeway
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 957-1150

Year after year, Fratelli’s has been honored by awards such as “Best House-made Pasta” by the Houston Press and “The Real Food + Drink Experts” by 002 Magazine, making it one of the tastiest but best-kept secrets in Houston. Known for its pasta, the pumpkin ravioli here is a must-eat dish. Ravioli is one of the best, heartiest dishes in Italian cuisine, and with fall flavors like this, you’ll be asking for seconds. Add pumpkin into Fratelli’s homemade ravioli, and you bring fall right to your table.

Pumpkin Empanadas

Rustika Café
3237 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 665-6236

Empanadas at Rustika Café are some of the most delectable in the city. Whether you want the meat-filled empanadas or something sweet like the pumpkin, you will not leave disappointed. Pumpkin empanadas add a sweet flavor to the salty combination of salsa, chips and a salad that comes with your meal. Order and take home your pumpkin empanadas by the dozen for a special treat later or for a party at your house.

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Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon

4601 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
(281) 501-3237

TQLA brings together the best foods of the Southwest, Mexico and all things Tequila. So to say its food is nothing short of astounding is an understatement. Known for several dishes, the pumpkin dish to dive into is the pumpkin seed-crusted salmon. Scrumptious salmon coated in peppers, tequila butter and crushed pumpkin seeds makes for an unforgettable dinner.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Barnaby’s Café
602 Fairview St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4229

There is nothing like mouthwatering pancakes on a fall morning. Barnaby’s brings you just that: Pumpkin pancakes in the fall for anyone who stops by any of its locations in Houston. Mixing the sweet flavors of pumpkin, butter and syrup along with any of the breakfast sides will make Barnaby’s a favorite place to pop into this fall. Named after the owner’s dog, Barnaby’s menu is a joyful delight of all things Texas. Make sure you not only stop by for pumpkin pancakes, but for lunch and dinner as well.

Butternut Squash Soup

Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston TX 77006
(713) 522-9711

Brennan’s, a Houston family favorite, brings out the fall weather in its soups. Nothing warms up and makes a fall day more delightful than a delicious bowl of soup. Creamy, savory and just down right scrumptious, the butternut squash soup here demands your attention. Whether you want to make it your whole meal or pair it with dishes such as gulf coast shrimp and grits or fried green tomato ravigote, Brennan’s makes a butternut squash soup like no other.

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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.