Proprietor Carine Bourgeois sets up shop inside a cozy 1920s house, where nearly 100 varieties of tea fill thirsty mugs, and freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, and soups help to prevent the lunch tradition from going extinct. Chilled mitts can wrap around a ceramic warmed with tea, first steeped in a traditional Japanese cast-iron pot ($4.50–$5.50). The Blue Eyes fruit tea features a delicate mix of orange, apple, hibiscus, and cornflower petals, and the organic allergy-relief house blend enlists the help of elderberry, ginger root, and spearmint to soothe respiratory tracts tickled by seasonal reindeer dander. Comestibles include a chicken-curry-salad sandwich ($9.95), available on gluten-free bread, tomato basil soup ($3.95 for cup; $5.95 for bowl), and a beauty-booster salad with veggies, berries, and choice of wild salmon, Thai shrimp, or organic chicken strips ($12.95).
At first glance, it’s hard to believe that The Roswell Tap’s building is more than 100 years old. Pals and business partners Sean McDonough, Michael Rozmajzl, and Ron Harvey have worked hard to restore the two-story home, enhancing its original wood beams and hardwoods and adding modern touches such as a second-floor lounge and an expansive deck out back. Today, refurbished red stairs lead to the front door, where the Tap's skilled kitchen staff prepares comfort food from neighborhoods across the states. Smoked salmon board, fish-n-chips, Tap Pittsburgh salad, and southern sliders topped with collard greens and friend green tomatoes grace the vast dinner menu. At lunch, an express service simplifies things with sandwich-and-salad combos as well as half a dozen wings dressed eight ways.
The Roswell Tap encourages patrons to stick around after dinner with plenty of late-night snacks and weekly events, including a singer-songwriter series. Held every Tuesday, the series welcomes crooners to take the stage and compete for cash prizes or the chance to receive a firm, satisfying handshake and a gig for a Friday or Saturday night at the Tap. As others perform, customers can kick back with a signature tap tea drink, infused with tequila or vodka or an irish coffee.
Crafted from health-conscious ingredients and prepared with fresh toppings, Orange Leaf's low-calorie frozen yogurt satisfies sweet teeth while providing bodies with calcium and protein. Aspiring after-dinner architects can construct sweet creations, choosing from up to 30 flavors of yogurts and up to 35 types of self-serve toppings, such as Oreos, honey, fresh fruits, atmosphere-flavored oxygen, and more. Upon completing a tasty tour de force, customers submit flavorful mouth art to be weighed, paying 46 cents per delicious ounce.
Cloud 9 Frozen Yogurt and Cupcakes tantalizes palates with a menu of gourmet cupcakes handcrafted with an artisan's care ($2.75 each) as well as a rotating array of frozen yogurts ($0.44/oz.). Miniature cake masterpieces embellish bellies in styles such as peanut-butter cup topped with Reese's cream cheese and chocolate drizzle, spiced carrot cake, and the triple-rich Choc, Choc, Choc. Meanwhile, a self-serve fro-yo selection keeps taste buds guessing in a Choose Your Own Adventure with plot outcomes such as Georgia peach, creme caramel, pomegranate, cake batter, and "you get eaten by a yogurt monster." Frosty artisans complete their creations with a choice of more than 50 toppings, including cereals, seasonal fruits, nuts, and Oreos, as well as delectables straight from Cloud 9 Frozen Yogurt and Cupcakes' bakery.
Every 36 hours, the dairy mavens at Rita’s Italian Ice scrap their inventory of frozen custard and italian ice and begin churning batches of frozen treats anew. Because freshness is paramount at Rita’s, customers may find only a few of the menu’s full cast of 40 flavors each day. But servers can merge those flavors into countless combinations: the misto, for instance, blends italian ice and custard in equal proportions, and the gelati layers strata of italian ice and frozen custard. Additionally, servers scoop up fat-free Slenderita and sugar-free italian ice for desserts that prove as wholesome and frozen as an ice sculpture of Mr. Rogers.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) prepares a menu of low-fat and fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Fro-yo parlors tout silky probiotic-packed soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($2.99 for a small cup or $3.59 for a waffle cone) that customers can sprinkle with strawberries, gummy bears, granola, diced peaches, or a host of other toppings. Celebrate successfully evading a baby rain cloud with one of TCBY's smoothies, which contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit in potent configurations such as strawberry bananza and berrilicious. Prices and selection vary from store to store.