Local restaurants, coffee shops celebrate fall season with specialty food, beverages

Varsity Donuts rang in its 10th anniversary with the arrival of fall-flavored and spooky-themed donuts. (Cindy Castro | Collegian Media Group)

The leaves are turning to shades of russet and gold, the pumpkin patches are open and the Halloween decor is on the shelves. Nothing is better on a crisp autumn day than settling into a booth at a coffee shop, sipping and nibbling on fall drinks and treats.

Many coffee shops and eateries around Manhattan have a variety of fall specialties to draw crowds in. From lattes and teas to scones and muffins, there is something festive and tasty for everyone.

“Bluestem’s apple cinnamon or apple caramel lattes are my fall favorites,” Suzanne Sharp, graduate student in landscape architecture, said. “It tastes like being at a pumpkin patch. It’s not too sweet, and the flavors mix really well.”

Sharp said the apple syrup for drinks has been so popular that the shop temporarily ran out of it.

(Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)
(Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Another popular spot for the Kansas State community is Public Hall, which now features a maple pecan scone. Unlike other scones that are too dry and crumbly, this one is flaky on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside.

There is a sweet maple glaze on top and pecans sparingly throughout that provide an enjoyable texture. They have a house special syrup to flavor drinks called “lumberjack” as well, which has notes of maple.

“Public Hall’s everything-autumn latte is really good,” Zoey Dutcher, senior in English education, said. “It’s a nice change from the usual pumpkin spice everything.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this October, Varsity Donuts rang in its special day with the arrival of fall-flavored and spooky-themed donuts. Their pumpkin spice donut is soft and fluffy, with powdered sugar on top and a sweet and spicy flavor.

The donut is in a flower shape with pull-apart petals, perfect for sharing — or not. They also have specially decorated donuts with sprinkles and designs to look like monsters for Halloween.

Participating Aggieville businesses will give out even more holiday delights on Oct. 29 for Trick or Treat the ‘Ville.