10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston: #8 Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon at TQLA

In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I'll be counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at the ready!

#8 Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon at TQLA

The eighth entry on this list proves that pumpkins have more to offer than just tasty orange flesh. One of TQLA's most popular entrees, the Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon, is a tongue-tingling assortment of seasonings and textures, with an exterior coating of semi-crushed squash seeds.

The lighter, juicier salmon is much enhanced by the nuttier, sharper seeds, which also provide a sharp crunch that contrasts well with the softer filet and fried green tomatoes. A drizzle of tequila butter, a dusting of hothouse peppers and suddenly plain old salmon is wreaking pleasant havoc on your tastebuds. I suggest flipping the whole fish a few times as to infuse the underlying creamy green chile mashed potatoes with stray seeds and excess butter.

Drinking at least two of TQLA's peach margaritas only enhances the overall experience.

Katharine Shilcutt wrote that the Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon "will make your week". It may also make your autumn if you embrace pumpkin season as about more than just pie.

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