Pumpkins and other winter squash varieties may be the quintessential symbols of autumn, but these nutritious and versatile fruits have more to offer than just a pretty face. Whether it’s in a sweet breakfast treat or in a savory stew, these are the best winter squash dishes popping up on Dallas Fort Worth restaurant menus.
5301 Alpha Road Suite 80
Dallas, TX 75240
maximodallas.comAt this upscale restaurant featuring Latin cuisine, Chef Amador Mora uses butternut squash to add a layer of complexity to his fish dishes. Mora puts a unique spin on a traditional snapper Veracruz style when it’s presented with a butternut squash-stuffed tamale. Mashed butternut squash and pecans are used to tame a spicy mahi mahi dish with a richly flavored piquant guajillo chili pesto sauce. For a dish packed with flavors, try the broiled sea bass topped with a brown butter, mango and pasilla chile pesto that’s served with a creamy butternut squash sage puree and apple tomatillo chutney.
17370 Preston Road, Suite 490
Dallas, TX 75252
afghangrilltx.comThis restaurant may be tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, but its interior is anything but dull. The Afghan Grill’s animated and colorful surroundings match that of its alluring and flavorful food. Chef Matt Pikar’s cuisine reflects the exotic flavors of the silk road, including his pumpkin dishes, which are among the most popular items on the menu. The kadu buranee features sautéed chunks of pumpkin covered in a spicy sauce made with yogurt, meat, onions, tomatoes, garlic, cloves, turmeric, cardamom and mint. The vegetable combo is an aromatic stew of pumpkin, eggplant and spinach that is served with a yogurt sauce over rice. You may also find these tasty pumpkin dishes at Pikar’s other restaurant, Nora on Greenville.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
themodern.orgWith its location inside of the Modern Art Museum, the cafe’s cuisine is as enticing as its stunning surroundings. Under the direction of Chef Dena Peterson, the seasonal menu features globally inspired dishes made from organic and locally sourced products. For the museum’s 10-year anniversary, the cafe put several fan favorites on the fall/winter menu, including a roasted pear salad and a poached pear dessert, but fans really go for the squash risotto. Made with carnaroli rice, the creamy risotto cradles flavorful chunks of roasted butternut and acorn squash with oyster mushrooms, grana padano cheese and fresh sage on top.
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777 Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
gracefortworth.comGrace is one of Fort Worth’s shining stars — from its modern and sleek decor to the creative dishes prepared by one of the most innovative chefs in the area. Featuring modern American cuisine, Chef Blaine Staniford’s seasonal menu offers a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables using locally sourced products whenever possible. For the winter season, one of the new items on the menu includes an agnolotti pasta stuffed with a mixture of sweet lightening squash (a small striped pumpkin) and a house-made pancetta, then it’s topped with aged parmesan and toasted pumpkin seeds.
200 Coit Road, Suite 112
Plano, TX 75075
cafebrazil.comSince 1991, Cafe Brazil has attracted breakfast lovers with its round-the-clock menu of scrumptious breakfast offerings. While you may order everything from quesadillas and pastas to sandwiches and roasted salmon, it’s the breakfast items that fans most rave about, including the special seasonal selections. The cafe’s holiday season menu features pumpkin in two smashing ways, including the ever-popular pumpkin pancakes made with cinnamon and pumpkin then topped off with a dollop of cinnamon butter. Also try the luscious pumpkin cheesecake served in a brownie walnut crust with thick chocolate syrup on top.