It's October 1, and you know what that means: the possibility of cooler weather, Christmas is less than three months away, and—best of all—it's officially pumpkin spice season! That's right, the neighbors are now pulling out the fall decorations, you are planning your Halloween costume, and companies are putting out all things pumpkin-flavored. Where Y'at has given you the ultimate guide to finding some of the best pumpkin spice goodies right here in New Orleans.
Blue Dot Donuts
The famous Blue Dot Donuts is known for doing their pumpkin spice donut every year. This year, they've upped their game by introducing the pumpkin spice and sweet potato donut. Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m., this bakery is one of the best in the city. Make sure to call and order a day before because they sell out of many of their donuts daily. 4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866, yelp.com/biz/blue-dot-donuts-new-orleans
Emeril's Delmonico shares their favorite seasonal recipe with their customers: their famous pumpkin hot buttered rum. This New Orleans favorite is great on its own or can pair perfectly with leftover trick-or-treating candy. Right now, Emeril's is closed due to COVID-19, but bless their souls for providing us with their secret recipe! Click HERE for details and to make your own pumpkin cocktail at home.
The Avenue Pub
Beer-lovers, we did not forget you. The Avenue Pub introduces the St. Arnold Pumpkinator, which is an imperial pumpkin stout. Head up to the Pub's balcony for this delicious dark beer. The Pub is also doing to-go beer, wine, and food. For those who do not like pumpkin, the beer menu is extensive. 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586 9243, theavenuepub.com
Breads on Oak
You can count on Breads on Oak to feature the best on their menu. This year, the company has a pumpkin cheddar biscuit sandwich to go along with the October festivities. The bakery has plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors for you to enjoy your selections safely. When you order your breakfast sandwich, make sure to try their version of a pumpkin spice latte. 8640 Oak St. Suite A, (504) 324-8271, breadsonoak.com
Aunt Sally's Pralines
Aunt Sally's in the French Quarter is known for having some of the best pralines in town. Started 85 years ago in a log cabin, Aunt Sally's has grown into an international favorite. This season, she was extra sweet and gave her customers the recipe to her Praline Pumpkin Monkey Bread. This delicious recipe can be used all year long for every holiday. Gather the family and spend time in the kitchen together making this monkey bread. Check out the recipe HERE.
One of the surest signs that it's fall is
when Smoothie King puts their seasonal pumpkin smoothies on the menu. These titans of
the smoothie world offer pumpkin smoothies in a variety of options, touting "real,
organic pumpkin puree" in every one. Choose from their vegan pumpkin smoothie,
their Pumpkin Slim-n-Trim for a guiltless option, their Pumpkin Coffee
High-Protein for both a caffeine and protein boost, or their slightly more decadent
Pumpkin D-Lite smoothie, made with frozen yogurt. Whichever way you go, it's
like drinking fall through a straw. Multiple Locations, smoothieking.com