The friendly treatsmiths at blueberryfrog swirl and serve frozen creations made exclusively from organic ingredients free from artificial sweeteners. The small plain yogurt ($2.50) offers 106 calories of healthy sweet-seeking, but a luxuriously large flavored cup ($5.50) draws out desserts to decadent lengths. Patrons can add up to three toppings ($1.45), burying taste buds under an edible avalanche of fresh kiwi, blueberries, chocolate chips, granola, and other tasty accessories. Often locally grown, the fresh-fruit trimmings eschew flash-freezing and pasteurization processes to preserve their ability to dance the tarantella across tongues. In addition to being a rich and nutritious treat, the live probiotic cultures in yogurt can help aid digestion and simultaneously protect against lactose-intolerant-cephalopod bullying.
The culinary crew at Crave It Bakery & Cafe mixes up sweet baked goods and savory café fare ranging from pies to turkey club wraps while catering to allergies of all varieties. Comestibles from the bakery sate sweet cravings with bags of cookies in a variety of saccharine persuasions ($1.50 each). Visitors browse cases stocked with scratch-made sweets such as fried apple hand pies ($1 each), pumpkin rolls ($2.50/slice or $14 for a whole roll), 8-inch sweet-potato cakes ($28), and a variety of gluten-free and vegan options for breaking pinky-promises to the tooth fairy.
Head chef Valerie Rebellato combines her Brazilian origins with her love for its food in Cafe Paulista Grille’s made-from-scratch menu and its amenable atmosphere. Several meaty entrees encourage sharing, with large portions and a surfeit of sides such as fried banana, feijoada, and rice. Mix up beef and poultry with the Espetinho Caipira for Two, a vision of skewered sirloin and chicken breast ($27.99), among other skewered entree delights. Indecisive or surprise-loving diners can take a gustatory leap and leave their fate in Val’s deft hands, which will cook up whatever’s on her mind (except anything personally allergenic) ($8.99). Wash a meal down with a surfeit of exotic juice combinations ($3.69) featuring aliments such as cashew fruit, acai, and mango, or sip the strong house coffee ($1.99) with a rich, caramel fried banana ($2.99) or brazilian tiramisu ($4.99). Vegetarians and the righteously gluten-averse can find scrumptious delights on the menu. Hearty vegetarian plates ($6.99–$7.99) amalgamate beans, rice, and vegetables with spicy Brazilian flair. All dinners and salads are gluten-free, as are the paradoxical round cheese breads ($2.99 for four). Val will also inventively eschew gluten from other menu items upon request.
At Rita’s Ice, a variety of frozen treats refresh customers and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Their signature Italian ice blends ice and fresh fruit in flavors such as banana, cherry, piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Meanwhile, custard arrives in cups or cones, coated with hot fudge or caramel, as the mysterious gelati blends both Italian ice and custard into one delectable creation. Also available are milkshakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and Philadelphia-style hot pretzels.
Whether stopping in for fresh-baked scones and bread, ordering organic coffee, or perusing the fresh produce, guests at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, which is located along the Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail, are assured that the majority of the food is locally grown and produced. The staff prepares espresso drinks with local dairy and assembles boxes of seasonal produce for its grocery-store patrons. The grocery also carries raw cow and goat milk, local honey, and locally crafted chocolate. Swamp Rabbit continues its eco-friendly mission by hosting seasonal art markets, as well as an outdoor music series where donations go to community gardens.