A Taste of Fall in Mercer County

Last updated: July 15, 2024

Pumpkin, apple, pecan, maple — you’ll find these and other seasonal flavors featured in a number of dishes and drinks served at restaurants and cafes across the county this season. And don’t forget about hearty soups and old-fashioned comfort food to keep you warm as the weather cools down. Here is just a small sample of spots where you can get a taste of fall: 

Buffalo Trail Restaurant 

Nothing says fall more than homemade pumpkin pie, and lucky for us, Buffalo Trail Restaurant has been serving up slices for the last few weeks. Have a piece for dessert along with one of their signature entrees. For seasonal sipping, order a caramel apple martini. Insider tip: Buffalo Trail has New York cheesecake on the regular menu that you can top with pecans, another autumnal ingredient. 

David’s Downtown 

Pumpkin praline bread pudding, pumpkin rolls and apple and mixed berry cobblers are just a few of the dessert specials David’s Downtown has had on their menu as of late. While their offerings do change weekly, there’s a high chance you’ll be able to catch one — or more — of these available to order for your final course. Add one of their soups, sandwiches or homestyle dishes for a satisfying lunch.  

Dolly’s Diner 

Hearty chili, soups, and stick-to-your-ribs daily specials like meatloaf, open faced sandwiches, spaghetti and hamburger steak, Dolly’s Diner is a good place for old-fashioned comfort food. The restaurant’s all-day breakfast is also a local favorite, and for a limited time, they’re serving up Pumpkin Spice Waffles in addition to their regular menu (we also suggest the Pecan Waffles that can be ordered by itself or with Strawberries & Cream). 

Lynn’s Drive-In

For the people that enjoy ice cream at any time of the year, Lynn’s Drive-In is there for you. Pull in for a Pumpkin Pie Shake while they’ve still got it or try one of their other 40+ flavors of ice cream. For something delicious yet more on the savory side, you can’t go wrong with a hotdog with chili, red pepper steak hoagie, burger and fries or the corn nuggets.  

For more information on Mercer County eateries, visit our dining page.