I don't think I'm the only one who equates fall with a happy tummy. From hearty meals enjoyed with loved ones, to the drip-drip of coffee percolating, to the nutty, creamy taste of pumpkin and the richness of maple syrup -- the flavors of fall.
What better way to celebrate the season than by supporting these local restaurants with special fall menus? We've curated a few local favorite restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries that will fulfill all your fall cravings.
3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093
Mon - Thurs: 11 am - 10 pm, Fri: 11 am - 12 am, Sat: 9:30 am to 12 am, Sun: 9:30 am to 10 pm
In the past, Plano favorite Whiskey Cake's fall menu has included a decadent pumpkin cheesecake topped with graham cracker crumble, cranberry chutney and homemade whipped cream; bone-in bacon served with potato salad; and cinnamon roll pancakes topped with spice pecans.
They even have specialty cocktails, such as the South Cider, vodka mixed with roasted pecan syrup, apple cider, lemon and cinnamon, and the Campfire Nights, apple-infused rye, apple brandy and cinnamon, all topped with scorched fresh rosemary.
Whiskey Cake just announced their new concept chef, Thomas Dritsas!
107 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069
Sun - Thurs: 11 am - 10 pm, Fri - Sat: 11 am - 11 pm
Emporium Pies is a Dallas-based specialty pie shop with locations in McKinney, Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum and Fort Worth.
Their fall menu includes Nannerz, a decadent vanilla custard layered with sliced bananas and house-made maple caramel; Nutty Honey, a peanut butter cream layered with honey nut sauce and laid atop a crumbly graham cracker crust; Drop Dead Gourdgeous, spiced pumpkin custard in a gingerbread crust; and Buttercream Gang, buttermilk pie in a shortbread crust. For the over 21 crowd, there's also Drunken Nut, bourbon pecan in a shortbread cookie crust.
3100 Independence Pkwy #300, Plano, TX 75075
Mon - Sat: 7 am - 8 pm
Mudleaf Coffee in Plano offers hand-crafted coffee with a variety of mix-in syrups prepared in house. Their fall menu includes the spooky witches brew (pumpkin spice) latte — yes it was prepared in a cauldron — maple pecan latte and caramel apple cider.
They also always have themed greeting cards on hand and host seasonal community events. In 2020, the coffee shop hosted a pumpkin decorating contest. First prize: a $50 Mudleaf gift card. Perfect for purchasing more witches brew lattes.
Sugar Pine Creamery
6832 Coit Rd #270b, Plano, TX 75023
Tues - Sat: 2 pm - 8 pm, Sun: 2 pm - 6 pm
Sugar Pine Creamery is a family owned ice cream shop that specializes in soft serve that goes beyond the usual chocolate and vanilla. They always have six flavors on hand, two of which are dairy free. Flavors are rotated out every two weeks.
In the past, Sugar Pine's fall menu has included the following flavors: cranberry apple cider, maple bourbon pecan, blood orange, caramel biscotti, Irish coffee, white chocolate butter mint and cardamom honey. Attention Harry Potter fans: they even have butterbeer ice cream for ultimate fall coziness.
Henry's Homemade Ice Cream
Plano staple Henry's Homemade Ice Cream always busts out their classic pumpkin ice cream in fall,
Worth the drive: Window Seat Coffee
3018 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Tues - Fri: 7 am - 3 pm, Sat: 8 am - 4 pm
Window Seat Coffee is an airplane-themed specialty coffee shop and bakery that captures that feeling of grabbing a bite to eat before embarking on an adventure. No tickets or reservations necessary.
Their fall menu includes apple "chai-der," sweet potato latte, tres leches iced coffee and apple fruit bread.
Nothing is better in fall than curling up by the fire with good food and a great book. Check out these 10 books by Texan authors to add to the cozy atmosphere.