Pumpkin Drinks, Dishes and Desserts in Des Moines Restaurants

PumpkinMartini.TheDishonDM.CentroI’m not sure what’s bringing out my pumpkin obsession. Maybe it’s the falling leaves? The dropping temperatures? Or pumpkin carving itself? Needless-to-say, I’m hooked.

Luckily for me, there are tons of great pumpkin options available at local restaurants in Des Moines.  From pumpkin martini’s to pumpkin pancakes, Des Moines has it all.


  • Pumpkin martini at Centro (Only $5 during Centro’s weekday happy hour from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.). This drink includes vanilla vodka, pumpkin pie cream liqueur, chocolate liqueur, a dash of cinnamon…and I’m sure a few other fall-inspired flavors! [Pictured to the right.]
  • Spiked pumpkin pie milkshake at Zombie Burger. Two favorites of mine mixed up into one creamy drink – pumpkin and ice cream. This shake, which features vanilla ice cream, spiced pumpkin puree and pumpkin liqueur, is always on the menu at Zombie Burger. So, you can get your pumpkin fix year round!
  • Pumpkin ale at Raccoon River Brewing Company – This local brew is seasonal and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Get it while it lasts!
  • Pumpkin pie latte at Smokey Row Coffee – Pumpkin syrup, cinnamon syrup, espresso and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Dishes and Desserts

  • Pumpkin cheesecake at La Mie. Rich, creamy and the perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party or pumpkin carving get-together. [Pictured to the right.]
  • Perfect pumpkin cupcake at Crème Cupcake + Dessert (in November) – Vanilla bean cake filled with pumpkin mousse topped with pecan cream cheese, cinnamon sprinkle and toasted pecans.
  • Pumpkin crème brûlée at Django. I could eat the Crème Brûlée at Django each and every day of the week. This dessert features Tahitian vanilla bean, Sheeder Cloverleaf Dairy cream and pumpkin, topped with brûléed sugar.
  • Pumpkin pancakes at Drake Diner. Fluffy pumpkin pancakes served with real butter and warm maple syrup.
  • Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting at Mezzodi’s. These bars are homemade and a new addition to the menu for the fall season. Cream cheese and pumpkin in one dessert = awesome.
  • Brandy pumpkin pie with pecan streusel (beginning Nov. 1) at Gateway Market – Made in-house by chef Melissa Dehut, Gateway’s new pastry chef. Whole pies are available in the market and slices of pie are sold in the café.

Know of any other pumpkin drinks or dishes in Des Moines? Let me know! I’d love to try them and add them to my list.

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