Finding Butternut Squash

The Farmer's Salad at Route 29 in San Diego
The Farmer’s Salad at Route 29

A staple of the season, butternut squash is the perfect addition to your cornucopia of autumn fare. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite fall squash spots to savor the season all fall long.

Farm fresh food is the centerpiece at Farmer’s Table Bay Park, the newly opened Bay Park extension of this honest neighborhood eatery. Rough-hewn, vintage details and a rustic farmhouse ambiance compliment a menu rooted in Sicilian family traditions, wood-fired flatbreads and organic, local ingredients. This fall, dig into the Baby Kale Salad, tossed with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, candied walnuts and a citrus vinaigrette

Squash your cravings at Jalisco Cantina, Oceanside’s upscale authentic Mexican dining destination and tequila bar! Inspired by the picturesque Mexican region of Jalisco, this colorful and intimate spot is home to an impressive selection of fine tequilas and mezcals coupled with creative, scratch-made kitchen options that leave no one unsatisfied. Sink your teeth into the Portobello, Butternut & Spinach Tacos, perfectly roasted and served with cotija cheese, cabbage mix, jalapeno, crema, pico de gallo, lime wedges and sliced radish for a vegetarian-friendly autumn take on traditional tacos.

Looking to fire up your fall dining? Head into barleymash, the Gaslamp District’s favorite high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates appetizing and progressive bar fare along with two barroom staples: beer and bourbon. Featuring a warmly-lit brick interior and signature dishes that will leave you dreaming of more, barleymash reminds patrons that good times should always be shared with packed plates such as The Farmhouse, a plate of roasted spaghetti squash, zucchini, tri-color cauliflower and toasted quinoa coated in an heirloom tomato sauce with basil oil.

Feast on fall fare at Route 29, the Napa Valley-inspired concept nestled in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring relaxed surroundings of wood, iron and copper décor, an open-kitchen design and a fluctuating menu of sustainable and organic California wine country cuisine, Route 29 is the ideal stop for celebrating the season. Wine down with by the glass selections while noshing on the The Farmer’s Salad, artfully arranged with butternut squash, haricot vert, onion, radish, corn, cauliflower and a rich fig aderezo.

Found just a few blocks from the coast in Pacific Beach, Mavericks Beach Club pays homage to California’s infectious beach and surf culture all year round. Take in the indoor/outdoor bar and entertainment complex day or night while munching on Baja-inspired fare for lunch and dinner! Optimal for a laid-back fall evening, the round tables and cozy spots by the outdoor fireplaces promise the perfect setting to gather with friends, fellow sun worshippers and sports fans. Get your serving of squash with a build-your-own Bowl, piled high with your choice of meat, cilantro lime rice, pinto beans, cheddar jack cheese, fresh lettuce, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, cotija cheese with an add-on of hearty roasted butternut squash.