It’s been awhile since All Hallow’s Eve happened to fall on a Friday. This means that most likely everyone will be out and about in varying stages of distressed dress. But if the thought of wearing a wig and waiting in line for drinks has you envisioning hell, consider dining at one of the following five establishments. While costumes aren’t necessary, indulging in a decadent dessert is a must. Here are five haute Halloween desserts that are not to be missed.
1 Pumpkin Torte at Gaspar Brasserie
Pumpkin's the word at one of our most beloved French bistros, Gaspar Brasserie. Although you will be tempted to order the escargot, moules, perfectly cooked duck breast, and succulent braised pork shank, make sure you save room for their interpretation of a fall favorite: pumpkin cake. (Definitely one of the best Halloween desserts!) Slices of dark pain d'epice (translation: super scrumptious spice bread) are topped with a pillowy white chocolate and pumpkin mouse, pecan streusel, and balsamic pearls. We recommend one of the house's special sparkling wine cocktails, like the D'Artagan or the Champagne Cocktail, to wash down the torte. Cheers!
185 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
2 Pumpkin Cannoli at A16 Rockridge
If you're over in the East Bay, head to A16 Rockridge for an Italian feast ending in, what else? — Cannoli. Not just any cannoli, but pumpkin chocolate chip cannoli. Like everything on the menu at A16, all of the elements of the dessert, from the cannoli dough to the sticky pepita garnish, is house made.
5356 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
3 Fall Savarin at Bluestem Brasserie
Bluestem Brasserie recently added a new pastry chef to their team and in early October he launched a new fall menu. From the pumpkin cheesecake to the brown sugar-bacon fritters, everything on Chef Curtis McDonald's menu is divine, but the dish we're dying to try again? The fall spice and rum soaked savarin. Boozy desserts are having a moment and his rum baba is so moist it melts in your mouth. The delicately poached pears and vanilla bean anglaise only add to this treat's deliciousness.
1 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103
4 Adult Candy at Dirty Habit
Dirty Habit is one of our favorite hotel bars and pastry chef Francis Ang's Adult Candy is available at the restaurant starting Halloween night through the end of the year. This $10 dessert is a plateful of exquisite homemade candies with a boozy twist. There's chocolate taffy infused with fernet, bourbon caramel corn, pumpkin bourbon marshmallows, and poire Williams chocolate. If that doesn't make you salivate like a vampire upon scent of fresh blood, the lollipops are sure to make your mouth water. The two lollies have incredibly distinct, but memorable flavors: apple martini for the classic traditionalist and mezcal worm for the adventurous progressive.
12 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
5 Faux Reese's at Craftsman and Wolves
Heading to a dinner party or planning on staying in? Stop by Valencia Street's Craftsman and Wolves for one of their signature cube cakes to savor as dessert. This fancy bakery is offering their faux Reese's cube cake in two sizes, mini and large, from now until November 2nd. The mini features a bleeding heart graphic, while the large looks like an old-school Ouija board. Both sizes start with a layer of dark chocolate IPA devil's food cake that's dotted with crunchy cocoa nibs and crispy pearls. The next layer is a decadent and creamy dark chocolate ganache. This entire cube of goodness is encased in a housemade cocoa nib peanut butter and blonde chocolate mousse. The graphic that sits on top is made with dark chocolate. It's almost too good to eat, but only almost.
746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110