When temperatures dive below 80 degrees and nights are cool again, restaurants add robust soups and harvest-fresh pumpkin and apple pies to their menus. Here are some neighborhood restaurants where you'll find autumn specialties.
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Hot food for cooler temps
By azcentral.com staffOctober 29, 2008
Start the meal with butternut squash soup at this neighborhood restaurant where you can bring your own bottle of wine. And for dessert? Apple cream cheese tarte.
This cozy neighborhood bungalow offers seasonal dishes that conjure memories of an autumn chill warmed with the house favorite, Café Meatloaf. This meatloaf features Portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions with grilled squashes, fork-mashed potatoes and Hatch green chili sauce and balsamic reduction.
Transport yourself to northern Italy with a plate of grilled polenta topped with sautéed mixed mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil. The entrée could be homemade gnocchi or the pasta dish served with a hearty sausage ragu of fresh rosemary, sage, garlic, white wine and plum tomatoes.
Meat, cheese and potato pierogis, a specialty of Polish cuisine, are featured at this restaurant on the north side of downtown Glendale in the heart of Catlin Court. Here's where you can also order cabbage rolls and goulash, a hearty Polish stew made for fall days.
Try the roasted sweet potato sandwich: Even carnivores will love these two big squares of herb focaccia bread piled high with sliced sweet potatoes, fresh mozzarella, tomato, arugula and marinated fennel, and topped with fig confit and balsamic vinaigrette.
French onion soup topped with a thick crouton and melted swiss cheese warms the heart as does the roasted turkey pot pie.
Nothing says fall like butternut squash lasagna, handmade sheets of pasta layered with roasted butternut squash, mascarpone and fresh basil then topped with mozzarella, red pepper flakes and a balsamic reduction. Or you can opt for seasonal fruits, olives, spiced nuts and crostini with your choice of cheeses.
Pumpkin is a favorite in Afghanistan, so celebrate the season with kaddo, pumpkin baked with ground beef and yogurt.
The fall tasting menu features such seasonal favorites at root vegetables and polenta, or wood roasted beets with mint, tangerine agrumato and 20-year-old balsamic vinegar.
Try the vegan whipped sweet potatoes, roasted beets, chilled pink beet soup with prickly pear puree. Or the butternut squash soup with spiced maple cream and almond compote.
No fall is complete without pumpkin pie. This eatery serves a vegan pie, and for those who prefer seasonal vegetables in their desserts, a vegan carrot cake.