It's time for pumpkin spice and everything nice.
Here are some of the Bay Area's finest autumnal indulgences.
Tartine Bakery's Pumpkin Tea Bread
Tartine Bakery might be on the tail end (get it?) of a hellacious PR nightmare, but peeps are already lining up again for their celebrated baked goods. Don't pass up the seasonal pumpkin tea cake: You can pre-order before Thanksgiving from the Guerrero Street bakery. // 600 Guerrero St. (Mission), 415-487-2600, tartinebakery.com
One65's Creamy Pumpkin Tart
Claude Le Tohic's ground floor patisserie is offering a creamy pumpkin tart with golden opals and an optional personalized chocolate plaque. It's as opulent as pumpkin pastries come. // 165 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), one65sf.com
Pretty Please Bakeshop's Pumpkin Panna Cotta (and More)
Detour from the gourd-norm with a pumpkin panna cotta. Here the Italian dessert gets a pumpkin custard twist and is molded into individual jars to be enjoined by the spoonful. Pretty Please Bakeshop is also serving pumpkin cheesecakes, cupcakes, twinkies, and, if you're lucky enough to grab one, same-day pumpkin pies. We'd recommend calling in advance, 415-347-3733. // 291 3rd Ave. (Inner Richmond), prettypleasesf.com
Mariposa Bakery's luscious pumpkin, chocolate-chip muffins are a favorite every year. These dense, moisture-laden muffins have a yummy brown sugar crumble, notable spice mix, and sweet chocolate chips studding the pumpkin puree. Better yet, they even come in a four-pack muffin tray for easy reheating in the oven at home. // Locations in Oakland and SF, and also available to order online, mariposabaking.com
The Ice Cream Bar's PX Pie Cream Soda
Need an adult beverage? Spike your seasonal concoction at The Cream Bar and Soda Fountain where the PX Pie ice cream soda comes with Anderson Valley Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale, spoonfuls of crème fraîche ice cream, and a floater of Toro Albala Don PX 2010 sherry for an extra hit of yuletide sweetness. Lyft! // 815 Cole St. (Cole Valley), theicecreambarsf.com
Le Marais' Classic Pumpkin Pie
There's something to be said for a tried-and-true, classic pumpkin pie. Oh, the nostalgia. Few do it better than Le Marais Bakery, whose buttery pâte sucrée crust is filled with pumpkin cream made from organic Straus cream, French butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh ground ginger. Each pie serves around 10 people...that is, if you choose to share. // Three locations in SF and available to order online, lemaraisbakery.com
Salt and Straw's Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie
Know what pairs well with pumpkin pie and pumpkin tea cake? Ice cream, duh. Salt and Straw is churning out Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie ice cream with plenty holiday spices and Madagascar vanilla to add extra wow-factor to your dessert. Call ahead to guarantee they'll have the holiday pints available upon your arrival. // Various locations throughout the Bay Area, saltandstraw.com