16: Creamy pumpkin soup at BierBeisl.
It's true: autumn brings with it way too many pumpkin-flavored things. And, yet not enough pumpkin soup. Butternut squash seems to have become the fall soup of choice for many chefs, leaving the pumpkin to its fate in latte land.
But not at BierBeisl, Beverly Hills' Austrian den of sausage and schnitzel. This modest restaurant from chef-owner Bernhard Mairinger is home to some seriously cool food, including the best soup of the fall thus far.
On a recent blustery afternoon, the small bowl of bright orange pumpkin soup was like a balm for the soul — warm, sweet and deeply rich. The soup comes with counterpoints of flavor to keep your interest piqued: swirls of nutty pumpkin-seed pesto and dollops of bright white tomato foam. Perfect as a pre-game for one of the fantastic sausages, or on its own as a light lunch on these almost chilly days.
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