We know you’re all still sweating, but dammit man we’re hankering for some pumpkin spice in our lives. Autumn has arrived. In addition to staring longingly at our chunky knit sweaters, the urgent desire for a taste of fall has taken over. Charleston restaurants and bakeshops are well aware of our cravings.

Support local and grab a spiced pumpkin latte from Orange Spot Coffee Shop instead of the Starbucks version. Orange Spot uses a house-made sauce (made with the same main ingredients of pumpkin pie), mixed with espresso and milk. The latte is served hot. A small is $4.25 and the large is $4.75.

Sweet Radish Bakeshop released their first fall donut of the season, a $3 sugar and spice donut. Vanilla-flavored and made with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and sugar, this donut is lightly brushed with syrup for a warm fall flavor when it comes out of the oven.

Circa 1886 is offering a variety of autumnal entrées, including a $28 pork and egg dish. The fennel-braised pork belly is accompanied by a fried egg, chow-chow, turnip purée, stewed apples, mustard greens, and served with onion bacon gravy. After dinner, try the $10 “s’mores,” which consist of a cinnamon-scented flour-less chocolate cake, graham cracker ice cream, toasted meringue, and smoked milk chocolate ganache. 

Another sweet option could be a slice of the pumpkin cheesecake torte at Saffron Cafe and Bakery. For $4.10, you can have this sliver of fall heaven. Three layers compose this treat: a layer of cheesecake, a layer, of pumpkin cheesecake, and a layer of pumpkin cake.

Wild Olive is transitioning into fall with a $27 scallop entrée. The jumbo sweet sea scallops are pan-seared until caramelized and served over Carolina gold rice prepared in a risotto-style with roasted butternut squash purée with a balsamic brown butter sauce. [image-1]

[image-2]Moving on to something a little more warm and hearty, Five Loaves Cafe offers a variety of fall-inspired soups. Try either the sweet potato and bacon soup made with rendered bacon and onion or a vegetarian option, creamy sweet potato and brie soup. A cup of soup is $4 and a bowl is $5.50. Like the soup menu, the beverages also change daily. If you are there on a day when they offer it, order the pumpkin pie martini made with Cathead Pumpkin Spice and honey vodkas and a pumpkin purée for $8.

Finally, Peninsula Grill has a new fall menu. And while everything on it is enticing, the zucchini soup and jumbo shrimp entrée is especially tempting. Start with the fresh zucchini soup made with grilled corn and red pepper relish for $10. The $37 jumbo shrimp entrée is served with a local shell bean succotash, lobster hushpuppies, and sweet creamed corn.

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