Family owned and devoutly kid-friendly, Curbside Cafe pleases patrons with an eclectically colorful interior, a welcoming and attentive staff, and high quality eats. Strut up to the counter to place an order, then find a seat inside or out on the book-laden patio. A varied menu of country classics and contemporary fare greets hungry guests with flavorful favorites such as the roasted turkey panini, a warm embrace of turkey breast, applewood bacon, and veggies ($7.99), and the tropically spiced chipotle mango salmon ($11.99), which swims upstream toward watering mouths. Leafy green fanatics will dig the avocado goat-cheese garden salad ($10.99), and culinary enthusiasts 12 and younger can pick from smaller portioned gourmet plates, including chicken alfredo ($4.99), which comes joined at the hip with a small drink and ice cream.
Stationed in an old house of the city's historic district, Roswell Teahouse looks and feels like a relict from the 1920s. But it's not just the appearance that takes guests back in time. For inside, the spirit of high tea lives on. Elegant trays support homemade desserts, scones, and lemon curd, all enjoyed by diners dressed in their afternoon best as they chat and politely arm-wrestle over cups of tea. The 100 different types of leaves hail from across the globe, steeping slowly in a cast-iron tea pot to maximize flavor.
For lunch, Roswell serves a variety of homemade and organic meals, including a Belgian chicken pot pie and green-apple tuna melt. Many of its offerings are designed to improve wellness, such as the beauty booster salad, which comes with omega-3 oils and vitamins.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice (around $1.89–$2.89) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice). Along with creamy ice, Rita's also sells icy cream. Case in point: Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard (around $2.49–$3.59), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg to yolk ratio, for a creamy texture that makes regular ice cream feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds. Rita's most popular frozen treat, gelati (around $3.45–$4.39), takes its cue from brunch, twilight, and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.49–$3.99), fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49), and frozen-coffee Ritaccinos ($4.25), all of which make for a tasty treat as well as a deliciously soothing topical treatment for chicken pox.