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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Flavors around Btown

Categories: Wine & Culinary, Family Fun, Indiana University

Fall flavors are taking over our favorite local restaurants and shops and giving a certain PSL a run for its money. We've done the hard work for you so you can get your fix this fall. Be on the lookout for these seasonal specialties in Bloomington. If we missed any let us know!

Baked Goods & Desserts

rainbow bakery

  • Village Deli: Made from scratch pumpkin pancakes, made with Dillman Farm’s pumpkin butter
  • Blu Boy: Apple cinnamon blondies, pumpkin spice chai, and pumpkin bread pudding with brandy sauce 
  • Rainbow Bakery: Apple Cider Donuts (starting 9/21). Pumpkin scones and fall-themed sugar cookies coming soon. 
  • Bloomington Bagel Company: Pumpkin bagels/smear, pumpkin muffins, hand-iced pumpkin sugar cookies, and Musgrave Orchard apple cider 
  • Hartzell’s Ice Cream: Seasonal ice cream flavors including pumpkin spice, bourbon cherry chocolate chip, Woodford Reserve maple walnut, and pumpkin latte
  • Joan’s Caramels: Apple cider caramels
  • Cup & Kettle Tea: Pumpkin spice scones, pumpkin energy bites, hazelnut and bacon waffle (on Sundays), pecan squares
  • Two Sticks Bakery: Apple turnovers, s'mores bar
  • Needmore Coffee: Persimmon bread and apple cinnamon muffins
  • Function Brewing: Local Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting, Local Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Ginger Cream Sauce
  • Peacetree Mountain Truffles at Olive Leaf: Caramel apple, Pumpkin spice latte, and gingersnap cookie truffles
  • The Inkwell: Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pop tarts, apple muffins, and apple pop tarts

Coffee, Wine & Beer

Upland Taps

  • Oliver Winery: Apple Pie Wine, Grape Stomp at Creekbend Vineyard (September 22) 
  • Upland Brewery: Der Pretz-ale Jäwn (brown ale with Philly Pretzels) Oktoberfest Bavarian Lager, seasonal fruit sours at The Wood Shop
  • Big Woods Bloomington: Put a Fork in It Pumpkin Ale and Quafftoberfest Marzen style Lager
  • Bloomington Brewing Company: Java Porter, Krampus Black Imperial IPA
  • Cardinal Spirits: Creekbend Brandy, a collaboration between Cardinal Spirits and Oliver Winery
  • Function Brewing: Root - Wet-hopped Harvest Ale, Arccot - Spiced Apple Brown Ale (coming soon)
  • Switchyard Brewing: Oktoberfest, Maple Pecan Brown (coming in October)
  • Crumble Bakery: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Spiced Apple Cider, locally made AAHAA Chai
  • Hopscotch Coffee: Maple Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, Spiced Chai Latte with local Aahaa Chai, Hot Chocolate with homemade chocolate syrup, Mexican Hot Chocolate (coming soon), Hot Apple Cider from Musgrave Orchard, Upland Oktoberfest, Upland Cherry & Revive Sour Ales. 
  • Soma Coffee: The Frankenchai which consists of chai, soy milk, cinnamon, and bananas 
  • Needmore Coffee Roasters: Persimmon ginger latte
  • Pourhouse Café: Pumpkin Pie Latte and Caramel Apple Cider
  • Cup & Kettle Tea: Pumpkin Spice Tea 
  • Friendly Beasts Cider: Cinnasloth (Sweet and toasty for fall)


Savory Dishes

laughing planet

  • Laughing Planet: Autumn Curry Quesadilla packed with black beans, sweet potato, cheese, kale, and their special peanut curry sauce
  • Uptown Cafe: A hearty Pot Roast 
  • Function Brewing: Seasonal specials change weekly but expect dishes like Spicy Local Butternut Squash and Local Sweet Pepper Puree, Descartes Panini with turkey, roasted local butternut squash, green olive-lemon tapenade, local honey aioli, arugula, Sage Derby & Havarti Cheese on local marble rye. 


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Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she wasn't blogging or grammin' you could find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.