Delicious Apple and Pumpkin Favorites on the North Shore
Your nose knows Fall is in full swing when the apple cider and pumpkin spice aromas greet you at every turn. Find fresh flavors and harvest favorites as eateries across the North Shore serve up seasonal taste sensations. It’s time to embrace the pastiche of colorful leaves and the matching palette on your plate.
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Kickstart your morning with seasonal Pumpkin Donuts (Fri./Sat. only) from Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery (1107 Waukegan Rd., Glenview) or get their Apple Streusel Coffee Cake heaping with apples and dressed in a cinnamon walnut streusel. In the dessert lane, Cheesecake Factory (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) at Westfield Old Orchard highlights their Carmel Apple Cheesecake loaded with caramel apples and topped with yet more caramel on a graham cracker crust. Or sample their famous Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake where a pecan pie meets a layer of pumpkin cheesecake, finished with caramel and chopped pecans—all inside a pastry crust!
Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, Glenview
TASTY TREATS WITH A TOUCH OF TRADITION
Graeter’s Ice Cream (1347 Shermer Rd., Northbrook; 940 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) captures the essence of autumn in their popular Pumpkin Ice Cream on its own or as a pie topper. Your brunch mood will soar over the delectable Apple Cider Doughnuts with cider caramel glaze, cinnamon, and powdered sugar at Farmhouse Evanston (703 Church St., Evanston). The Happ Inn Bar & Grill (305 Happ Rd., Northfield) serves up a Dutch Apple Pie with fresh buttery crust, Granny Smith apples tossed in cinnamon sugar and hint of lemon juice, topped with crumble streusel and homemade sea salt caramel drizzle.
Graeter's Ice Cream, Northbrook & Winnetka
A CORNUCOPIA OF FLAVORS
Aboyer (64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) dazzles with premier courses like the Foie Gras Poele, Apple Tarte Tatin in a rosemary shortbread with Calvados Gastrique (an apple cider vinegar/apple brandy combo). Or try their Brown Sugar Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with goat cheese pain perdu, sage, and toasted pumpkin seeds. If you fall in love with Kadu at Kabul House (2424 Dempster St., Evanston), you’ll be able to enjoy it year-round. This winning starter is made of sweet baby pumpkin cooked with honey and onions, accented with a yogurt mint sauce. The Grill House (3061 Dundee Rd., Northbrook) crisp Orchard Salad mixes greens with green apple slices, raisins, walnuts, and roasted tomatoes all crowned with feta, multigrain croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette.
APPLES EVERY WHICH WAY
Experience a medley of fall flavors in Guildhall’s (694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe) Harvest Apple Salad featuring Nichols Farm apples tossed with aromatic root veggies, pecorino, toasted hazelnuts, and apple cider vinaigrette. Tuscany (550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling) has their own spin with the Cuore di Lattuga salad comingling baby lettuce, kale, celery, walnuts, crispy apples, Parmigiano, tomatoes, croutons, lemon, and EVOO. Maximum apple decadence awaits with the Blue Cheese Apple Bacon Burger at Oak at the Glen (1811 Tower Rd., the Glen Town Center, Glenview). Prime beef (or grass-fed or “Impossible Burger”) is embraced with a blue cheese/cream cheese blend, applewood smoked bacon, bourbon-caramelized onions, green apple slices, and Dijon mustard, all in a pretzel bun.
CIDERS AND 'TINIS: AUTUMN FOR ADULTS
Bonefish Grill (9310 Skokie Blvd., Skokie) spices up Happy Hour with a Fresh Apple Martini: house-infused apple cinnamon vodka, ginger liqueur, honey, and apple juice. Grab growlers and bottles to take home from craft cider purveyors North Shore Cider Company (707 Howard St., Evanston). Their on tap seasonal offerings include Punkin, a dry cider ode to autumn, and Mad Ciderist, a single varietal cider embracing the tart magic of Arkansas Black apples. Craft beer and hard cider options at Saranello’s Restaurant (601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling) showcase all-natural, locally-made Right Bee Cider Chicago. Add the Spiced Apple Cider featuring Bulleit Bourbon (32 oz.) to a curbside family meal.
Bonefish Grill, Skokie
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