10 Foods That Will Make You Fall For The Season

Autumn inspires restaurants and bakeries to whip up feel-good dishes, desserts and drinks to match the season.


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The pie flavor of the month in November at Hawaiian Pie Co. is pumpkin custard. This pie is one of several sesaonal desserts the Kalihi bakery is whipping up this fall.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Pie Co.

 

It may seem like summer never ends in Hawai‘i, but Islanders know the subtle changes in the season: the north winds during early-morning surf sessions, the mauka rains muddying up hiking trails—and the noticeable change on menus all over O‘ahu. More apples! More pumpkin! More cinnamon!

 

Here are 10 seasonal comfort foods you’ll see popping up at restaurants and bakeries in Honolulu:

 

1. Local Butternut Squash Terrine, Fête

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It took weeks for chef-owner Robynne Mai‘i to perfect this colorful vegan, gluten-free terrine, which features layers of Ho Farms butternut squash, local Swiss chard and Yukon potatoes. “I feel like thoughtful vegan cooking takes longer,” she says. “We wanted to make something that appealed to everyone, not just vegetarians.” The terrine is topped with caramelized saffron fennel and an herb-packed Provençal sauce with lavender, rosemary, capers, thyme and orange peel. And, if that wasn’t enough, the hearty slice comes with poppable artichoke fritters. It’s a complete meal that satisfies both the stomach and the soul. The restaurant is also serving a seasonal dessert: a pumpkin cheesecake ($11), with a layer of Japanese-style cheesecake (more like a soufflé) sitting atop a traditional New York-style cheesecake (dense and rich). Served in a mason jar, it comes with both matcha and bittersweet Mānoa Chocolate dipping sauces.

 

$18, 2 N. Hotel St., (808) 369-1390, fetehawaii.com

 

2. 2 Lady Farmers Roasted Pork, Chef Mavro

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Chef George Mavrothalassitis took his kitchen team on a field trip to 2 Lady Farmers in Wai‘anae and came back with a seasonal dish to share: a 12-ounce, farm-fresh pork rack, roasted and carved tableside. It’s served with macadamia nuts, wilted lettuce and an apple cider pork jus. Splurge on a side of new golden chanterelle risotto ($55) for a decadent autumn meal. The pork dish is also available as part of the restaurant’s new Fall Flavors Menu, which launches on Saturday. For $92, dine on four courses, which includes a seasonal fig and pistachio déclinaison by pastry chef Jose Calpito.

 

SEE ALSO: Farm Friday: 2 Lady Farmers in Wai‘anae

 

$115 to share, 1969 S. King St., (808) 944-4714, chefmavro.com

 

3. Pumpkin Spice Rolls, Hawaiian Pie Co.

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Imagine a pumpkin spice latte swirled into a warm, freshly baked roll. That’s what Hawaiian Pie Co. did with its new Pumpkin Spice Rolls, only available on Saturdays in October and November. On Oct. 27, 28 and 31, the bakery will also sell special seasonal chocolate pies such as Peanut Butter Banana ($25 full, $6.50 mini) and Choconut ($25 full). The pie flavor of the month in October is caramel banana crumble; in November, it’s pumpkin custard. You can also order a traditional pumpkin pie in November ($17 frozen, $18 baked).

 

$5 each, 508 Waiakamilo Road, (808) 988-7828, hawaiianpieco.com

 

4. Pulled Turkey Fork & Knife Sandwich, Livestock Tavern

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Somehow, Livestock Tavern managed to turn Thanksgiving dinner into a sandwich. Shredded roast turkey and mashed potatoes are piled between two pieces of Texas toast and drenched in house-made sage gravy with a dollop of sweet cranberries on the top. It lives up to its name: You must eat this with a fork and knife. If that’s not something you’re craving, Livestock has a few other new dishes on its autumn menu including corned beef stew ($18) and a tasty salad of baby mustard greens and arugula with grilled chicken and local pumpkin finished with a pomegranate vinaigrette ($17). These dishes are only available at lunch, which is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

$16, 49 N. Hotel St., (808) 537-2577, livestocktavern.com

 

5. Peaches and Cream Crumb Pie, Sweet Revenge Honolulu

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It may not be an autumnal fruit, but peaches represent the waning days of summer. And baker-owner Kathy Masunaga knows how to turn peaches into something warm and comforting. Today, at the farmers market on Fort Street Mall in Downtown, she will be selling fresh peaches-and-cream crumb pies, along with mac-nut pies that are reminiscent of pecan pies. It’s also her birthday, so Masunaga will be handing out mini treats to her customers, too.

 

$10, (808) 282-0234, sweetrevengehonolulu.com

 

6. Roasted Duck Pumpkin Puff, Yauatcha Waikīkī

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It may not be a new item, but the roasted duck pumpkin puff from Yauatcha screams autumn. Just look at it! These Instagram-worthy, pumpkin-shaped puffs are crispy and filled with minced roast duck. They are among the most popular items on the dinner menu, and now offered on the restaurant’s Flow & Prosper (read happy hour) menu for $6. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 to close daily exclusively at the bar.

 

SEE ALSO: First Look: Yauatcha Waikīkī

 

$7.80 per serving, $6 during happy hour, International Market Place, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 739-9318, yauatcha.com

 

7. Pumpkin Pie Truffles, Choco Le‘a

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The Mānoa chocolatiers are releasing its popular seasonal treat this weekend: pumpkin pie truffles. Once the shop runs out of these chocolates, handcrafted in the kitchen next door, that’s it, so get yours now. And if you miss those, Choco Le‘a is releasing a limited supply of tobiko wasabi and natto truffles later in the month.

 

$2.35 each, 2909 Lowrey Ave., (808) 371-2234, chocolea.com

 

8. Pie Pops, Let Them Eat Cupcakes

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Baker-owner Kawehi Haug has done it: She put a pie on a stick. These mini pies, filled with pumpkin or apple-cheddar, are sold lollipop style. Easy to eat, impossible to share. It’s genius. This month the bakery is popping up at Hukilau Honolulu in the lobby of Executive Centre in Downtown, selling pies, handcrafted marshmallows, bars, breads, cookies and harvest popcorn. You can also get a jump on your Christmas list and preorder holiday gift baskets. On Saturday, the bakery will host a keiki cookie-decorating workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited.

 

$3 each, Hukilau Honolulu, 1088 Bishop St., Lower Lobby, (808) 531-2253, cupcakes808.com

 

9. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Cake Couture

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Talk about a childhood comfort food redux. The ʻĀina Haina bakery has combined the seasonal flavor of pumpkin with the classic whoopie pie. Part cookie, part cake-y, part pumpkin pie. Call in the morning to see if the bakery has any available. Or go on a Tuesday when pumpkin cupcakes are the daily special.

 

$3.25, 820 W. Hind Dr., (808) 373-9750, cakecouture.com

 

10. E.H. Paella, Eating House 1849

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When Eating House 1849 celebrated its one-year anniversary at the International Market Place in Waikīkī last month, the restaurant also named a new executive chef. Formerly of Roy’s Waikīkī, chef Jason Peel took over the kitchen at Eating House and revamped the menu. The E.H. Paella is his twist on the classic Spanish dish, using venizon chorizo, prawns and clams simmered in beer-garlic butter. Total comfort food.

 

$32, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., #322, (808) 924-1849, eatinghouse1849.com

 

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