Fall is officially here and we couldn't be more excited for cooler temperatures, tailgating, all things spooky, and of course, the smell of delicious fall treats wafting out of every cafe and bakery in town! Here are 10 fall desserts that you have to try—'tis the season after all!
Fall weather tends to stay on the warm side as we slip into fall in the Triangle. So why not enjoy some ice cream with a seasonal twist? If you have not been to Andia’s in Cary (they recently opened their shop in Cary), you must make a point to try their Pumpkin Spice ice cream! Andia’s is a local family-run business making fresh ice cream with the best ingredients—get this fall flavor while it lasts!
In the heart of downtown on Fayetteville Street, Pizza La Stella is serving up a delicious meal in their custom made Stefano Ferrara wood-fired ovens. While they are known for their wood-fired pizza, they also do a killer wood-fired dessert! If you dare, try the Bourbon Caramel S’mores Stromboli made with chocolate from local favorite Videri Chocolate Factory, plus, Nutella, melted marshmallow and graham cracker crumble. This dessert is made to share, Italian style!
My first dip into fall desserts is usually grabbing Pumpkin Hot-Minis paired with a Pumpkin Spice Latte at one of my favorite coffee spots in Raleigh, Sola Coffee Cafe (it’s a must try if you have not already been). They're famous for their mini donuts but ALL their food is delish!
HINT: Try the pumpkin donuts with a pumpkin latte or served up sundae style with Homeland Creamery ice cream!
Sweet Anisette is an adorable, cozy spot to meet up for coffee and dessert! They have an assortment of cakes, candies, cookies and tarts. HINT: This fall, I would recommend trying the earl grey with crème fraiche glaze, it's perfect paired with a hot coffee on a crisp fall morning!
One of my favorite North Raleigh places for lunch, dinner or drinks is Gonza Tacos y Tequila. Their menu features delicious Colombian influenced Mexican dishes, but they are best known for their street-style tacos and tequila cocktails. I want to share they're also serving up a warm and perfect fall dessert you don’t want to miss called the TALEGA DE PLANTANO. Drool over this: banana cream, cinnamon & sugar in a fried tortilla purse paired with a side of ice cream and caramel sauce!
This amazing coffee shop just opened their third location in the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham. This is a must visit with lots of space inside and patio dining outside. They offer their own roasted coffee, but the real gem here is ordering the made-to-order churros! They're amazing, a must visit in Durham.
Brand new to the Chapel Hill area is Babalu Tapas + Tacos with their focus on locally-sourced ingredients for their delicious Latin-inspired with a southern twist menu. A couple unique and tasty desserts that are worth a try include the house-made Dulce de Leche Cheesecake bites with Kahlua caramel, Mexican chocolate and powdered sugar. Also worth trying, the house-made Cayenne Chocolate Truffles with pepitas, chantilly cream and powdered sugar.
One of this season’s prettiest sweet treats has to be the new dessert dish offered at Il Palio in the Sienna Hotel in Chapel Hill. Il Palio offers casually elegant food that showcases the culinary roots of rustic Italian cooking. Although the focaccia bread is one of the standout stars of Chef Teddy’s menu, be sure to save room after your meal for his new dessert! The fall menu features a beautiful Chamomile Panna Cotta with baby ginger gelato and poached pears. The ginger is grown locally and the dessert is a complete work of art!
Located in the Renaissance Marriott and a super cute place to hang out for a meal, drink or dessert is 41Hundred! Chef Dean Thompson has created a not to miss fall dessert that will be on the menu as long as there are pumpkins on front porches! The Hot Pumpkin Cheesecake is probably one of the best fall desserts happening in Raleigh right now! It’s light, flavorful and HOT! Do not miss!
Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival celebrates its eighth year in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, October 18-21. The annual event offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos, “sustainable classrooms”, all featuring renowned chefs, authors and national media. The event wraps up with the signature Grand Tasting on the Green. The Grand Tasting offers edibles from exceptional chefs and food artisans from across the state of NC and features more than 80 sustainably-produced beverages around the globe, including microbrews and spirits, craft sodas, organic coffees, and biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample lots of delicious fall desserts offered up by area restaurants and chefs!