shutterstock_111769100bWe are moving into an exciting seasonal change! The scorching temperatures of summer are long gone, sunburns have hopefully turned into a nice bronze and we are now enjoying pumpkin flavored anything. The late summer sun and seasonal harvesting in fall brings us delicious fruit and vegetable delights such as apples , artichokes, arugula, broccoli pears, pumpkins, mushrooms and potatoes. Many dining options feature these locally grown menu items! Check out some of these delicious offerings:

If you are in the mood for a flavorful apple pie in the Seattle area, Cellars Restaurant &  shutterstock_75082531 Lounge offers a warm apple pie made with Washington grown Granny Smith apples deliciously flavored with sugar, butter and nutmeg, baked in a pastry crust, and dipped in cream! This is most likely the most delicious way to eat your apple a day … Share your dessert to alleviate some of the guilt that comes with its sugary goodness.

Another restaurant in the Seattle area that offers locally grown ingredients is The Den Coffee House & Café. Mushrooms which are harvested at their height in the fall make their way into The Den Coffee House & Café’s Grilled Mushroom Panini. This cheesy and gooey sandwich is delightfully smothered with mozzarella cheese and creamy house garlic pesto sauce!

SONY DSCTraveling west and stopping in Las Vegas, Nove Italiano offers wonderful farm to restaurant table options with delectable seasonal fall choices. For instance, their dish called Burrata has chicory and grilled mission figs – all on a flat bread! Fresh figs only lasts through fall … so enjoy them very soon. Nove Italiano even offers a cute dish name “Farm to Fork” … using Nove’s private farm to provide the crisp, freshest greens for this salad with strawberries and gorgonzola.

Continuing on our autumn cross-country food journey, we end up in Philadelphia where we find iStock_000027112766MediumDerek’s. They have a mouthwatering menu with organic lettuces, including a baby arugula salsa! Arugula is a prime example of a fall season pepper lettuce. Another option worth highlighting is Derek’s Twice Roasted Eggplant and Plum Tomato Carpaccio, prepared with delicious roasted peppers and a balsamic vinegar glaze. Eggplant is best eaten during late summer and early fall … perfect for this time of year!

We are lucky we get to enjoy a lot of fruits and vegetables all year long, but there are so many varieties that taste much better when harvested at their top of season! What are your favorite restaurants to get your autumn dishes?