5 Fall Foods We're Looking Forward to the Most

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Bœuf bourguignon, ready to warm you up on a cold night.
IT'S FALL, YOU GUYS. WE MADE IT. In the words of noted pot roast and red cabbage fan Gerald R. Ford, our long national nightmare is over. At least until April.

Granted, the autumnal equinox only just took place this past Saturday. And it's still pretty damn hot outside. But the cooler air has been sneaking into town in the mornings for the last week or so, tempting us all with a hopeful taste of the lower temperatures we didn't get to fully embrace last year.

And with those brisk, stirring breezes come visions of the fall foods that simply aren't as enjoyable during Houston's almost eternal summer: pecan pies, pumpkin pies, Starbucks lattes flavored like pumpkin pies (shut up), bœuf bourguignon, bun bo hue, pozole, coq au vin, roasted butternut squash, roasted acorn squash, roasted apples (try them; trust me) and so much more.

Besides the bounty of cool weather produce that will start showing up in farmers markets -- spinach, kale, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin and more -- these are the dishes we're looking forward to eating the most once the temperatures finally drop.

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Photo by Steven Labinski
5. Pot roast

Like former president Ford, I love a good pot roast. I love coming home to one even more -- the scent of slowly braised beef, roasted potatoes and sweet carrots hitting you with a welcoming thickness the moment you open the front door -- so thank God for Crock Pots. If you want to cook your pot roast in the oven the old-fashioned way, all the better in cold weather too: There's nothing quite so icky as heating up the house with a full-tilt oven in the summer.

Best place to enjoy: The Raven Grill

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4. Chicken pot pie

Tender chicken, sweet carrots and peas, creamy gravy, flaky pie crust: Chicken pot pie is warm, filling and comforting in the same way that visiting your grandparents' house and finding not a single dish or rug to be out of place after 30 years is. It's not a mature or elegant dish, but it's hearty and delicious -- and that's all that matters.

Best place to enjoy: Daily Grill


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Daily Grill

5085 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

4611 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

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Thai Spice Express

8282 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

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Liberty Kitchen

1050 Studewood St., Houston, TX

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Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

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11 comments
buckley
buckley

La caja china pig with black beans on the patio at Rioja. Truffled anything at Da Marco. Red wine on a picnic

PM..
PM..

pho, fo sho

Houstess
Houstess

I do get so down in the fall when the food options seem to narrow to gourds and cinnamon.  Gourds gourds and more gourds, flavored with cinnamon.  It's like suffering from serious DT's after a summer of bright and lovely corn, beans and tomatoes.  Thank god for oysters.  You can keep your pumpkin stuffed raviolis and butternut every-dam-thing.  The mere mention of spaghetti squash makes me gag.  It only LOOKS like spaghetti, folks! 

flaubert
flaubert

Bœuf bourguignon = L'Olivier

Pumpkin Nut Custard Pie = Ritter's

 

brandius
brandius

Gumbo planning has begun. Also? You only think that oyster stew is good (its... alright). Need get you some oysters poulette so you really know whats up. 

Kelli
Kelli

What? No chili?

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @brandius In that case, you need to get your mama to make some oysters poulette this year too. I'll bring homemade cornbread and cheese-beer bread as my contributions - I have to top the boxed wine from last year.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Kelli I guess I'm used to eating chili year round. But you're right - a hot bowl of chili is exceptional on a crisp day.

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