Pumpkin spice and everything nice—tastes like fall to us. Restaurants, bars and shops are serving up seasonal treats, including autumnal cult classics like the warming, comforting, calorie-packing pumpkin latte, not to mention The Donuttery's bounty of pumpkin doughnuts. While hoarding six-packs of KBC Pumpkin Ale and boxes of pumpkin pancake and waffle mix from Trader Joe's is completely acceptable throughout the season, so is indulging in sweets around town. In an effort to not overwhelm our list or waistbands, we focused on one area of Huntington Beach we knew would not disappoint: Main Street. Here are some of this season's most tempting treats.
Our favorite gourmet waffle slingers are serving up two must-try pumpkin treats this season: Pumpkin Spice Shake ($4.95) and Pumpkin Cheesecake Bruxie ($6.95). We tried the seasonal Bruxie, which immediately won its way to the top of our seasonal eats list. Sandwiched between two crispy Belgian waffles await layers of spiced cheesecake filling, candied pecans and ginger snap cookie crumble. A generous dollop of sweet cream accompanies the sugary and salty sandwich—all coated in a light dusting of powdered sugar. We guarantee you'll scrape the basket liner clean. The shake is made with real Wisconsin frozen custard, which we tried and deemed delicious. Both eats will be served through November.
Bruxie // 180 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 657-215-3559
MAIN STREET WINE COMPANY
Contrary to its name, this Main Street wine bar doesn't limit its pours to wine. Craft beers are also offered, and right now you can sip a 12-ounce glass of New Belgium Brewing Pumpkick for $6.50.
Main Street Wine Company // 301 Main Street, #105, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-969-7400
MANGIAMO GELATO CAFFE
Pumpkin pie fans needing to cool down should dig their spoons into Mangiamo's pumpkin pie gelato. Sprinkled with cinnamon, the icy treat delivers a cool, creamy taste of fall. Sizes include the piccolo ($3.50), medio ($4.25) and grande ($5).
Mangiamo Gelato Caffe // 122 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-5388
Starbucks' beloved pumpkin spice latte turned 10 years old this year, once again gracing menus across the universe. Aside from said standard seasonal beverage, there exist a host of other seasonal drinks, like Starbucks VIA Pumpkin Spice ($7.99 for 6 servings), caramel apple spice, iced vanilla spice latte, salted caramel mocha and steamed apple juice. Of course, the chain has baked up a few edible goodies, too, like a pumpkin cream cheese muffin, pumpkin bread and pumpkin scone. Should you require a deterrent, simple peruse the nutrition facts online.
Starbucks // 211 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-3228
THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF
The coveted pumpkin latte has also returned to this chain cafe, only this year the recipe has been tweaked, yielding a heavier spiced drink without added sweetness. She can be iced, as can the chocolate hazelnut latte. The "seasonal bakery goodies" sound ridiculous and are available intermittently, depending on local shipments. Here's a taste: pumpkin chocolate chunk muffin, frosted sugar cookie (pumpkin-shaped, naturally), blood orange cranberry muffin, mini maple pecan scone, french toast bagel, gluten-free black and white cake pop, gluten-free mini carrot tea cake and snickerdoodle cupcake. As we previously suggested, should you need reason not to indulge, simply take note of nutrition facts.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf // 200 Main Street, #109, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-1582
JAVA BAKERY & CAFE
Not to be confused with Java Point, Java Bakery & Cafe graces the eastern end of Main Street at Five Points Plaza Shopping Center. There are two pumpkin items on the menu, pumpkin latte (small $3.15, medium $3.90, large $4.20) and pumpkin muffin ($2), plus Halloween cupcakes. Those with a lactose intolerance should be warned that this cafe does not offer any dairy alternatives.
Java Bakery & Cafe // 18685 Main St. #107, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-842-5020
THE FUNNEL HOUSE
A new Main Street eatery, The Funnel House opened its doors on Memorial Day weekend. Bringing a bite of the East Coast to Surf City with its funnel cakes, it also fries up a mean churro. Pumpkin pie ice cream has been added to the menu and can be savored alone ($3.50), between two cookies of choice as an ice cream sandwich ($3.95) or atop funnel cake and churro sundaes ($8.95 and $6.95, respectively), which come drizzled with caramel.
The Funnel House // 205 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-969-3099
Proudly displaying its seasonal menu on a sidewalk menu board, the upscale burger bar is pouring three seasonal cocktails: Pumpkin Spice Fizz, Oatmeal Cookie Beertail Float and Patron XO Shake. It's also cooking up a seasonal butternut squash soup.
This quaint bakery offers the biggest selection of seasonal treats we could find in the area. Ingredients are pure and all-natural, and almond milk is offered as a dairy alternative for an additional $2. Here's a list of items you should work into your snacking schedule stat: pumpkin latte (small $4.25, large $5.25); pumpkin cookie ($2); single serving pumpkin cheesecake ($6); pumpkin loaf ($3.50); ginger molasses cookie ($2); and gingerbread scone ($3).
Baguetier Bakery // 120 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-969-1700
THE LONGBOARD RESTAURANT & PUB
While you won't currently find any pumpkin items here, the eatery/watering hole will tap New Belgium Brewing Pumpkick in the coming weeks. Stay thirsty!
The Longboard Restaurant & Pub // 217 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-1896
More good news for ice cream fanatics: Baskin-Robbins has a few icy, fall-inspired treats on its menu. Pairing a little pick-me-up wtih its pumpkin, the Pumpkin Pie Cappuccino Blast does not blast calories, nor does the pumpkin pie milkshake. There's the trick Oreo treat ice cream ("vanilla-flavored ice cream with orange crème-filled OREO® cookies, Baby Ruth® and Butterfinger® candy pieces"), which can be sandwiched between two chocolate cakes a la whoopie pie or mixed into a milkshake. And last but not least are the haunted house and pumpkin patch ice cream cakes.
Baskin-Robbins // 201 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-969-0600
Tucked inside Huntington Surf & Sport, Java Point has boarded the pumpkin train and stops for no one. Let's take a look at their seasonal menu: pumpkin latte (small $3.50, medium $4, large $4.50, soymilk available), pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese ($3), pumpkin muffin ($2.75), pumpkin milkshake ($3.50) and pumpkin blended mocha (16-ounce $4.25).
Java Point // 300 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-841-4000
The International House of Pancakes could not continue calling itself by such an esteemed name if it failed to serve up pumpkin pancakes come fall. They are here, they are topped with whipped cream and they are available in two ways: four pumpkin pancakes ($5.99) and the pumpkin pancakes combo ($7.59, includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns).
IHOP // 200 Main Street, #116, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-374-4553
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY
The sweetest of teeth will be sated at this candy shop, chock-full of Halloween-inspired treats. From festive Oreo pumpkin pops to Halloween peanut butter buckets to chocolate Halloween lollies to twinkie mummies to candy corn—sweets are covered here. Pumpkin truffles and pumpkin fudge will join the menu within the next week, and of course, trays full of candy apples scream fall.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory // 200 Main Street, #106, Huntington Beach 92648 // 714-969-0795
COLD STONE CREAMERY
Currently pushing its new s'mores flavor, Cold Stone has hardly forgotten about fall. Its seasonal desserts include pumpkin and caramel frozen yogurts.
Cold Stone Creamery // 416 Olive Avenue, Suite K, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-374-6744