Five MORE Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston

Photo by Torchy's Tacos
The Scarecrow Taco at Torchy's finds its advantage with an overlooked aspect of the pumpkin: the seeds.

Having spent a significant amount of time tracking down pumpkin dishes in Houston, I can say with some certainty that there are more than five, ten or even 20 terrific squash-inspired snacks, drinks, entrées and desserts on offer in this big city. (See my prior lists for examples.) Here are some pumpkin dishes that are relatively new to the scene:

5. The Scarecrow (Torchy's Tacos). This October, Torchy's is offering a taco with a squash spin: juicy white-meat chicken tenders coated in crushed pumpkin seeds and dressed with poblano peppers, carrots, cilantro and chipotle ranch sauce, all snuggled in a flour tortilla. It's crunch, creamy and delicious. One question, though: What did they do with the rest of the pumpkin?

Photo courtesy of Salé-Sucré.
The pumpkin soup at Salé-Sucré may not be "authentic" French, but we don't care.

4. Pumpkin Soup (Salé-Sucré). In a landmark feat of pumpkin-Provençal cooking, chef Philippe Harel has created smooth pumpkin soup garnished with raviole (not exactly the same as ravioli if you're wondering), petite pockets of dough filled with egg, cheese and herbs. Fusion fare has never looked so comforting this fall.

Photo by Geralyn Graham
The Pumpkin Margarita at TQLA has a latent heat.

3. Pumpkin Margarita (TQLA). TQLA is providing some friendly competition to the formidable pumpkin margarita at The Original Ninfa's with their own version, which combines Corralejo reposado (craftily infused with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and caramelized pumpkin) with Cointreau, lime juice, pumpkin purée, and agave nectar. Which is better? Try both and get back to me.

Location Info


4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Torchy's Tacos

2411 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sale-Sucre - CLOSED

2916 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bite Macarons

5172 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Union Kitchen

12538 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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