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Here's where to find fall flavors beyond the pumpkin spice latte

Northeast Ohio is full of fall flavors beyond the Starbucks drive-thru.
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The pumpkin spice latte frenzy returned to Starbucks stores Tuesday.

Most might argue that it's too early for pumpkin spice season, but ask around and you'll find some folks who are ready for all things fall.

If pumpkin spice isn't your thing, or if you're just over the standard pumpkin spice latte, there are plenty of Northeast Ohio spots offering their own spin on fall flavors. Check out our list of Northeast Ohio eateries offering their own autumn options.


Lakewood's Addicted coffee and ice cream shop is launching its fall menu the Tuesday after Labor Day. The indulgent lineup includes some more standard fall options like the pumpkin spice latte and salted caramel mocha, but don't skip the other specialties, including a maple bacon latte and caramel butterscotch latte. Best of all, any drink can be made hot, iced or frozen. 

Where: 13743 Madison Ave., Lakewood 

Dairy Grove

Karen's Dairy Grove in North Ridgeville is fully embracing pumpkin season, even if it's just for two weeks. The shop started serving pumpkin ice cream Monday, and says the flavor will remain on the menu until Dairy Grove closes for the season Sept. 7. 

Where: 35455 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville 

Dairy Queen

DQ is keeping some of its fall favorites in addition to two new treats. Pumpkin Pie Blizzards are returning in addition to fan-favorite Snickerdoodle and Snickers Blizzards. New this fall are the Harvest Berry Pie and Heath Caramel Brownie Blizzards.

Where: All DQ locations

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Duck Donuts

Pinecrest's Duck Donuts has just launched its fall lineup, featuring flavors inspired by pie. You can try a variety of fall-inspired flavors on your donut, including apple pie filling, pumpkin icing and apple streusel. Duck Donuts is also offering fall beverages, such as pumpkin spice lattes, salted caramel mochas and a cookie butter white mocha.

Where: 200 Park Ave., Suite 140, Orange Village

Honey Hut

Ice cream may be the ultimate summer treat, but that doesn't mean the flavors have to remain the same. Honey Hut will soon switch to some fall flavors on its September menu, which includes pumpkin caramel gingersnap and honey chai. Honey Hut will amp up the pumpkin come October, when it adds pumpkin pie and pumpkin pecan ice creams to its lineup.

Where: Find your nearest location here.

Ice Cream Joy

Lakewood's Ice Cream Joy is offering some unique flavors for those who dare to be a little different this fall. The shop says its vegan cayenne sweet potato ice cream is its most popular fall flavor, while pumpkin coffee sorbet is also a favorite. Despite its name, Ice Cream Joy also has options for non-dairy diners, including a white chocolate cinnamon biscuit.

Where: 15210 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Jack Frost

Fall will soon find its way into Jack Frost's donut lineup, which never lacks in variety and creativity. Jack Frost says its fall options will include maple cinnamon crunch, s'mores and caramel apple cinnamon donuts. Cinnamon rolls with maple icing and pecans will also be available. 

Where: 4960 Pearl Road, Cleveland 

Mason's Creamery

This Ohio City hot spot will soon shift to serving bowls of savory ramen once the weather turns too cool for ice cream. Until then, Mason's will embrace fall with some autumn-inspired offerings starting in mid-September. The shop says its pumpkin roll ice cream, a blend of cream cheese and pumpkin spice flavors, is one of its most popular, while the apple cider sorbet was endorsed by Food Network's Alton Brown. He even said it was the best thing he ate during his visit to Cleveland. 

Where: 4401 Bridge Ave., Cleveland 

Noble Beast Brewing Co.

Many Northeast Ohio beer drinkers have their sights set on Christmas Ale, but don't forget that Cleveland breweries are hard at work on brews to bridge the gap until Christmas season. Noble Beast says it'll be tapping a fall saison next week, an ale brewed with orange peel and rye from Cleveland's Haus Malts. Saison season will continue later with another ale made from local sweet potatoes, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Where: 1470 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland 

Phoenix Coffee Co.

Phoenix's fall spice latte doesn't officially launch on menus for another two weeks, but the brand said via Twitter that it's already available for those who ask. As winter approaches, coffee lovers can look forward to more specialties, such as peppermint mochas and gingersnap lattes.

Where: Find a Phoenix location here.

Platform Beer Co.

Ohio City's Platform brewery is known for fun, experimental brews. Starting Wednesday, beer drinkers can try a s'mores spin on the brand's Yammy Yammy ale. They've added marshmallow, graham cracker, chocolate and lactose to Yammy Yammy for a sweet, spiced sweet potato flavor. Find it Wednesday on draft and in six-pack cans at Platform's Cleveland, Columbus and LOCOBA Cincinnati locations.

Where: 4125 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

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Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Southern Tier's Pumking Imperial Ale is a fan favorite for fall. The brand's Cleveland taproom will begin serving Pumking on Tuesday, as well as relatives Warlock, a cold-pressed coffee variation of Pumking, and a rum barrel aged Pumking. Celebrate at the Cleveland taproom's Pumking Family Reunion event Tuesday.

Where: 811 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 

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