Pumpkin panna cotta at Bolsa. Photos by Alison Fechtel

Imagine all your favorite fall memories and flavors on a plate, and you’ve got Bolsa’s pumpkin panna cotta, courtesy of pastry chef Lauren Leone. The panna cotta is made with pumpkin seed brittle, cranberry-orange-ginger chutney and a dehydrated orange. This year, Bolsa celebrated its fourth anniversary. “Everyone thought we were crazy and that it would never work to start an organic restaurant in Oak Cliff,” co-owner Chris Zielke says. Oak Cliff residents Zielke and Chris Jeffers sure made it work. Both the market and restaurant try to use organic and locally made foods. “We strive to build relationships with farmers,” Zielke says. “We want great food in a casual atmosphere.” Bolsa was built in a 1947 body shop garage, which you can still feel in the restaurant’s great natural light, high ceilings and exposed beams. Zielke and Jeffers also run neighborhood eateries and bars Chicken Scratch, the Foundry and Smoke, located in the Belmont Hotel.

614 W. Davis . 214.943.1883 . bolsadallas.co


Three more places for pumpkin treats

1. Café Brazil

The famous pumpkin pancakes are topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cinnamon butter. Order holiday blend coffee and settle in to use the restaurant’s free Wi-Fi.

611 N. Bishop, suite 101 . 214.946.7927 . cafebrazil.com


2. Emporium Pies

“Drop Dead Gourdgeous” is a pie that’s more than looks. It’s got substance. The pumpkin filling has cinnamon and spice (and everything nice?), and its crust is made with ginger snaps.

314 N. Bishop . 469.206.6126 . emporiumpies.com


3. Inforzato’s Italian Café 

You can eat a full pumpkin-flavored meal at Inforzato’s, starting with a savory pumpkin parmesean panna cotta appetizer. Follow that with either curried pumpkin soup or pasta slathered in a pumpkin sage cream sauce. For dessert, choose from the sour cream pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin cookie, pumpkin whoopie pie or pumpkin and sweet potato pie.

244 W. Davis . 214.943.2233