September 25, 2023

Pumpkin. Spice. Everything. (Except lattes)

Six pumpkin-inspired dishes for fall
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | Oct. 22, 2022

There’s no shame in loving a PSL this time of year. But if you’d rather get your pumpkin spice fix from a local shop than a chain, then NoMi is the place. We rounded up six creative and delicious takes on this season’s No. 1 flavor for every cinnamony, nutmegy, pumpkiny craving you may have.

1. Pumpkin Cream Iced Coffee from Maple + Batter
Replace that Starbucks run with a stop at Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor. Their iced coffee is rich, smooth, and velvety, and we highly recommend taking a second cup to go. (Or, you know, “for a friend.”)

2. Witches Brew Pumpkin Spice Wine from Leelanau Cellars
Take your drink up a notch with the Pumpkin Spice edition of Leelanau Cellars’ Witches Brew. This baby packs all those great flavors—apple, ginger, clove—into the glass, and it can be served chilled or warmed up in your favorite coffee cup with a cinnamon stick.

3. Pumpkincrusha from Short’s Brewing
Beer lovers, we didn’t forget about you. The Pumpkincrusha at Short’s in Bellaire is basically pumpkin pie in a glass, and 2022 is the first year it’s being packaged. Get a six-pack while the getting’s good.

4. Pumpkin Donut from Third Coast Bakery
Break your fast with a pumpkin donut from Traverse City’s gluten-free, vegan bakery. Even without the gluten, dairy, and soy, this donut stands above the rest, and you can feel good eating it. So why not get a dozen?

5. Pumpkin Bisque from Round Island Kitchen
If you haven’t been to Mackinac Island in the fall, you’ve missed a beautiful, quiet season on the island. Take the ferry north and savor the rich, warming pumpkin bisque at Round Island Kitchen, located at Mission Point Resort.

6. Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake from Grand Traverse Pie Company
You had to see this one coming, right? An elevated take on pumpkin pie, this treat balances crust, filling, and flavor perfectly. (And it pairs just right with a slice of GT Pie’s Autumn Harvest Pecan Pie…just saying.)


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