Five MORE Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston

The Scarecrow Taco at Torchy's finds its advantage with an overlooked aspect of the pumpkin: the seeds.
The Scarecrow Taco at Torchy's finds its advantage with an overlooked aspect of the pumpkin: the seeds.
Photo by Torchy's Tacos

Having spent a significant amount of time tracking down pumpkin dishes in Houston, I can say with some certainty that there are more than five, ten or even 20 terrific squash-inspired snacks, drinks, entrées and desserts on offer in this big city. (See my prior lists for examples.) Here are some pumpkin dishes that are relatively new to the scene:

5. The Scarecrow (Torchy's Tacos). This October, Torchy's is offering a taco with a squash spin: juicy white-meat chicken tenders coated in crushed pumpkin seeds and dressed with poblano peppers, carrots, cilantro and chipotle ranch sauce, all snuggled in a flour tortilla. It's crunch, creamy and delicious. One question, though: What did they do with the rest of the pumpkin?

The pumpkin soup at Salé-Sucré may not be "authentic" French, but we don't care.
The pumpkin soup at Salé-Sucré may not be "authentic" French, but we don't care.
Photo courtesy of Salé-Sucré.

4. Pumpkin Soup (Salé-Sucré). In a landmark feat of pumpkin-Provençal cooking, chef Philippe Harel has created smooth pumpkin soup garnished with raviole (not exactly the same as ravioli if you're wondering), petite pockets of dough filled with egg, cheese and herbs. Fusion fare has never looked so comforting this fall.

The Pumpkin Margarita at TQLA has a latent heat.
The Pumpkin Margarita at TQLA has a latent heat.
Photo by Geralyn Graham

3. Pumpkin Margarita (TQLA). TQLA is providing some friendly competition to the formidable pumpkin margarita at The Original Ninfa's with their own version, which combines Corralejo reposado (craftily infused with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and caramelized pumpkin) with Cointreau, lime juice, pumpkin purée, and agave nectar. Which is better? Try both and get back to me.



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