The arrival of fall doesn’t only signal a beautiful shift in the landscape. It also signals a change in many of the foods we eat as autumn-inspired menus and drinks make their way onto menus throughout the city. And nothing completes a hearty meal better than a fall-focused dessert like pecan or pumpkin pie. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy some autumn desserts, check out these five restaurants.


Rick’s Dessert Diner
2322 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 444-0969

If it’s desserts you crave, why not head to one of Sacramento’s best spots? At Rick’s Dessert Diner, you can enjoy a variety of autumn desserts throughout the year. Do you like pumpkin pie, pecan pie or a combination of both? The options here might be a bit overwhelming but if you just can’t pick one, splurge on a few. Choose from classics or go for one of Rick’s more unique creations like pumpkin pecan, pumpkin pecan cheese, pumpkin cheese, pecan chocolate or pecan cheese. Rick’s even offers sweet potato and sweet potato pecan pies.


Vanilla Bean Gourmet
1809 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 498-9566

Fall flavors and cupcakes make the perfect combination. Vanilla Bean Gourmet doesn’t just offer some autumn flavors, it steps things up a notch by making some of the best holiday and seasonally designed cupcakes. Halloween brings out the real creativity with haunted mansions, skulls, ghosts and more. Also be sure to try Vanilla Bean Gourmet’s regular pumpkin pie cupcake — pumpkin pie cake with freshly ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger, all topped with cream cheese frosting.


Apple Hill Growers
Camino, CA
(530) 644-7692

No mention of autumn desserts would be complete without a trip to the Apple Hill region. Fall is the busy season when farmers and shops offer everything and anything you can imagine made with apples. Look for pies, pastries, cakes and more featuring some of the region’s best apples. And be sure to save room for some apple cider to compliment your dessert. You won’t want to miss out on the holiday pie preview taking place November 10th at Apple Pantry Farm. Click here for a full list of events in the area.

Related: Best Eats and Drinks at Apple Hill

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The Popcorn Store
9679 E. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 686-0333

Formerly known as Vic’s Corn Popper, The Popcorn Store is an unexpected place to find a sweet bit of fall. Flavored popcorns are quite popular and here you can sample a few flavors that capture the essence of autumn. Try the caramel apple that combines the tartness of apples with the sweetness of buttery caramel, mixed with the sweet crunch of cashews. The Popcorn Store also offers flavors like toffee nut which combines butter-sweet toffee heaped with nuts or buttery caramel with cashews, featuring the same buttery caramel mixed with the sweet crunch of cashews.


Gunther’s Ice Cream
2801 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 457-6646

Gunther’s Ice Cream is a Sacramento institution dating back to 1940 when it was opened by Herman “Pop” Gunther and his wife, Iva. They owned the shop until 1968 when it was sold to Carl Buchell. The current owner, Rick Klopp, was employed at Gunther’s by Buchell, became manager and bought the business from him in 1974. The store retains much of the initial charm from its earlier days and still offers the same old-fashioned ice cream the Gunthers first started. Gunther’s provides a number of awesome flavors on a daily basis but look for seasonal options like pumpkin, egg nog, black licorice, spumoni and more.

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Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at