By Michelle Reese
The temperatures have finally dropped, so it’s time to embrace the season with fall flavors like the ubiquitous pumpkin spice as well as apple and cinnamon. Plus, you’ll be looking for comfort food dishes such as soups, meatloaf and turkey. Here’s a list of some Montgomery County favorites to get your mind (and your belly!) thinking fall.
When you aren’t quite ready to give up summer, even while the leaves are starting to fall, treat yourself to some pumpkin spice ice cream at one of these locations.
Merrymead Farm, Lansdale
Sweet Briar Ice Cream & Café, Ambler
Freddy Hill Farms, Lansdale
Downtown Scoop, Souderton
Petrucci’s Ice Cream, King of Prussia (closes October 20 for the season)
Village Treats, Narberth
Hard seltzer had a moment this summer, but now that fall weather is here, it’s time to sip darker, maltier brews. Warm up at these local watering holes serving seasonal varieties.
Stickman Brews, Royersford
Blue Dog Tavern, Chalfont
Forest & Main Brewing Company, Ambler
Round Guys Brewing Company, Lansale
Craft Ale House, Limerick
Black Powder Tavern, Wayne
Besides the big chain coffee sellers, find your pumpkin spice lattes and other seasonal drinks and treats at these coffee places when the fall winds really start to blow.
White Horse Coffee & Creamery, Jenkintown
Brewed Awakening, Royersford
Perky Joe’s Café, Harleysville
feine’ Coffe Shop, Conshohocken
Nourishing Storm Studio & Café, Hatboro
Happening List Favorites
Main Street Nutrition
358 E. Main Street, Collegeville
Main Street Nutrition serves healthy smoothies, muffins, coffee and more. And it’s all delicious. In fact, it was voted 2019 Happening List Winner for Healthy Food. Come in this fall for menu additions such as pumpkin chai latte, apple cider doughnuts, and pumpkin cannoli smoothie.
2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale
Merrymead is always a family favorite this time of year for their hayrides, cornfield mazes and more fall fun. But the Lansdale farm is also a great spot for picking up seasonal treats! Come in for old-fashioned apple and pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, whoopee pies, warm apple cider donuts and hand-dipped ice cream in flavors like apple caramel delight, pumpkin and rum raisin. Merrymead was a 2019 Finalist for Best Ice Cream.
Sweet Briar Ice Cream & Café
11 Lindenwold Avenue, Ambler
Sweet Briar is a Happening List Winner for Best Burger and Finalist for Ice Cream and Brunch, so it’s a favorite spot for both savory and sweet! Be sure to check their Facebook page for seasonal specials such as pumpkin spice French toast, Bratwurst cheddar ale soup, butternut squash hash and apple bacon braised pork. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, check out the pumpkin cheesecake ice cream. During the month of October, Sweet Briar will be featuring locally made Bauman’s Family Farm apple cider. If you visit for Saturday or Sunday brunch, you can enjoy a complimentary apple cider mimosa.
William Penn Inn
1017 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd
William Penn Inn is serving their Oktoberfest menu with dishes such as German potato pancakes with smoked salmon, Jaeger Schnitzel and beef roulade through October 31. You can also enjoy seasonal treats from Mrs. Penn’s Bakery such as bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple crumb pie, harvest goat cheese cheesecake and zucchini bread. William Penn Inn is a 2019 Happening List Finalist for Best Brunch.
Pie and Plate Café
43 North Main Street, Ambler
Pie and Plate Café was our 2019 Happening List Winner for Best Cupcakes, but their delicious treats don’t end there. Come in this fall for delicious baked goods such as their Rosemany Ave (classic pumpkin with heavy cream custard), Ambler Ave (Dutch cranberry-apple baked in a sweetened sour cream custard, topped with pecan crumble), and their spooky chocolate crack pie complete with salted caramel cobweb and plastic spider.
Perky Joe’s Café
691-A Sumneytown Pike, Harleysville
Perky Joe’s Café is a Harleysville favorite that serves breakfast, lunch, smoothies, baked goods and coffee. Follow their Facebook page for seasonal dishes like pumpkin French toast with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg! (Best eaten with iced or steamy spiced apple cider or a pumpkin spiced latte.) Perky Joe’s Café is a 2019 Happening List Finalist for Bakery, Lunch and Coffee.
Nourishing Storm Studio & Café
124 North York Road, Hatboro
Nourishing Storm is a wellness company that offers weekly yoga classes, monthly events, private and group sessions and a whole foods café. The café, that serves up organic and local healing foods, was a 2019 Happening List Finalist for Health Food. They’re currently offering a special Fall Menu with sandwiches, acai and smoothie bowls, salads, specialty drinks and more. Just a few highlights include the “Apple-A-Day” Panini with spinach, sliced apples, provolone and cheddar cheese, and pesto and balsamic glaze; sweet potato waffles; and pumpkin toast.
Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches
137 E. High Street, Pottstown
Grumpy’s was voted Best Sandwich in the 2019 Happening List, and when you take a look at their site, it’s no surprise. You won’t find lunchmeat here! Meats are cured and cooked to perfection every day at the shop. For fall, we love the “Hot Gobbler” made with carved turkey, roasted red peppers, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo or “Torry’s Champpion” with turkey, cranberry mayo and brie. Follow along on Facebook to see daily specials too, such as turkey & asparagus soup, tomato bisque, BBQ glazed meatloaf and pumpkin cheesecake.