Fall is finally here, folks! Cooler temps, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving yams…it’s like two months devoted to my favorite things. And did I mention pumpkin pie? If not, I should have since it is arguably, the best dessert ever. Oh yes, I smile like a jack-o-lantern when I savor all of the pumpkin spiced fall flavors…pies, soups, breads, coffee, beer…listen, if pumpkin isn’t a food group, then this oversight must be fixed immediately! #Pumpkin2020. If you are looking to scratch your own itch for this gourdy goodness, let us examine some delicious local spots:
839 E Lamar Blvd.
No tricks, just plenty of treats at Nothing Bundt Cakes. Choose from up to 10 fluffy Bundt flavors in a variety of sizes, from personal Bundtinis to full size cakes. All of this goodness is made better by drizzles of cream cheese frosting. And right now, you’ll fall for the seasonal flavors of Carrot Spice and Pumpkin Spice.
201 N. East St.
Your sweet tooth needs a treat…pumpkin style! And where better to get it than downtown Arlington’s beloved bakery, offering special-occasion desserts and fresh-baked sweets. Plan to skip Mrs. Smith’s and indulge in fresh-made pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake and spiced cake balls. One cannot live by sweets alone, so visit The Hive next door for interesting eats like the Hatch Pimento Sandwich and the BLAT, which is a BLT with avocado.
2221 E. Lamar Blvd #910
I’ve said it before, the food and the service are amazing, but my favorite part of the Mercury Chophouse experience is the panoramic view of the major attractions in the Entertainment District. And beginning on October 1st, you can savor the bird’s eye view of Six Flags’ HALLOWFEST (across the highway) with a Pumpkin Spice White Russian. This creamy cocktail is even dreamier with Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. Cheers!
400 E Division St #105
Nothing says fall like a Pumpkin Spice Latte with cinnamon. And when you order it from Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters in downtown Arlington’s bustling Urban Union, rest assured that it will be made with a double shot of in-house roasted espresso beans. And how about one of their pumpkin scones on the side? Pick up a bag of in-house artisan roasted coffee beans for your gourd-eous self, or fetch it as an early holiday gift with a personalized “roasted exclusively for” label…complete with the recipient’s name and/or logo on the bag.
506 E Division Street, Suite 130
Don’t let the name fool you…this family-owned fave, located in Urban Union, serves up more than just group catering. Check them out for curbside/grab & go lunches/dinners or snacks for your visit to Legal Draft, which is just a few steps away. Their already-legendary charcuterie board becomes even more epic with the October introduction of Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Chutney/Jam. And don’t miss their NEW dates for Weekend Mimosa Brunches, Private Dinners (reservation only for private chef charcuterie dinners) and cheese pairings with wine and Legal draft beer.
HALLOWFEST Presented by Snickers at Six Flags Over Texas
2201 E Road to Six Flags St.
Guys and ghouls can ooze on over to Six Flags Over Texas for the frightful fun of the annual Halloween spooktacular…HALLOWFEST. As always, they’ve left no tombstone unturned in making this family event a real scream! Enjoy family activities like spooky photo opportunities and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. Or ride haunted versions of your favorite coasters and crawl through four hair-raising Halloween zones throughout the park. HALLOWFEST runs from September 25-November 1.
Beer…good. Fall flavors paired with beer? Even better! So, why not brew up some wicked fun at Arlington’s two breweries, Legal Draft and Division Brewing. The Fall Guy at Legal Draft is a delicious autumn lager with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. And Division Brewing has a fall Marzen called “United We Hoist.” The cans are available with a custom 1L Stein, so expect a hearty Octoberfest experience.