It's sweater weather, at least at nighttime, and nothing goes better with double-knit cotton than a bowl of soup. One of the tastiest options to warm you up from the inside out is the roasted sugar pumpkin soup ($8.95) at Bankers Hill restaurant. A creamy broth of sweet smashed pumpkin is topped with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pea shoots, crème fraîche, savory croutons and dots of red curry oil, which help to balance the sweetness of the pumpkin and make the dish skew a bit to an Indian flavor profile. It's a nourishing bowl of warmth that's so thick and creamy, it's a bit like slurping pumpkin gravy.
The soup is part of the dinner menu, but go during happy hour, when you can sit outside under the heat lamps as the sun sets. A beer is a good partner to the soup, especially something hoppy, like a pint of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, a local brew that has a perfect 100 point rating on Ratebeer.com. All draught beer is $1 off during happy hour (4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mon-Fri).
If the soup and a brew isn't enough to satisfy your appetite, check out some of the happy hour items, like a bowl of truffle fries, the roasted red beet salad with almonds and goat cheese, or a cheeseburger slider -- a mini-sized version of Troy Johnson's top pick for SD's best burger.
Bankers Hill restaurant is located at 2202 4th Ave in (you guessed it) Bankers Hill.