That nip in the air and the rustling of crunchy leaves mean it's time to savor autumn flavors. Are you a devout follower of the pumpkin spice craze or do you live for the arrival of bountiful apple varieties? Enjoy all your favorites with sweet treats, warm beverages, specialty brews and other seasonal goodies. Get all the fall feels when you go exploring North Shore restaurants or events.
That Sweet Fall Apple Flair
Everything at Hewn (1733 Central St., Evanston) is made from scratch daily including the Seasonal Galette — a rustic French tart bursting with seasonal fruit, like, say baking apples — and the Apple Ginger Bundt Cake. Buck Russell's (1137 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette) is not only your one-stop-shop for breakfast, lunch, custom cakes and ice cream; Dutch Apple or Pumpkin pies are made to order. Even if Bar Siena at Westfield Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) encourages sharing, you might want to keep the Apple Brown Butter Crostata with spiced anglaise, caramel and vanilla gelato all to yourself.
Hometown Coffee & Juice, Glencoe
Cozy Up with Hot Bevvies
Local coffee hangouts and beloved bakeries always get into the act this time of year. In addition to a nummy selection of Cold-Pressed Juices using apples as a base, Hometown Coffee & Juice (700 Vernon Ave., Glencoe) features local, fresh-baked daily pastries that would also go nicely with their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte. Glenview Grind (1837 Glenview Rd., Glenview) compliments their fresh-roasted coffee menu to channel a dessert mood with their Homemade Pumpkin Pie Latte. Small-batch, from-scratch Kneads & Wants Bakery (8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie) calls their espresso star Pumpkin Spice Latte (the Honey Cinnamon Cold Brew would be fun to try, too). All three joints change up their baked goods offerings frequently, so best to keep stopping by to check for special tastes of the season.
Tasty Treats with Tradition
Fall Flavors in Every Course
Sketchbook Brewing Co., Skokie
Ciders and Brews: The Apple of Your Eye
With an epic list of 90+ craft beers, City Works Eatery & Pour House (365 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling) jumps on the fruity bandwagon with their slightly sweet Crisp Apple Cider and a traditional, dry Michigan Brut Cider made from heirloom apples. Temperance Beer (2000 Dempster St., Evanston) hatched a new line, Scarce Goods, where the craft beer enthusiasts (is lunatic too strong a term?) now make ridiculously small batches with compelling flavors. Only available at their brewery, these brews often rally fabulous seasonal fruits. From their taproom, Sketchbook Brewing Company (4901 W. Main St., Skokie) recommends Shacksbury The Vermonter, a gin-based botanical cider made by slowly fermenting apples and adding juniper berries.