1085 Canton St., Roswell
Hours: Mon., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed on Sundays
Located in Historic Roswell, the Fickle Pickle sits in a charming Victorian home built in the late 1800s. This cute restaurant offers a good – and delicious – array of options. And kids eat free every Tuesday night!
What’s on the menu: In keeping with its name, the restaurant serves up fried Cajun pickles with a delicious rémoulade dipping sauce as a yummy appetizer (a half order is plenty). I loved them! Then you’ll want to indulge in some traditional classics with a twist. The dinner sandwiches come with a rating system based on how many napkins it takes to clean up after each one. (The Creole grouper is rated a whopping five napkins. The scrumptious shrimp burger is rated three, though I thought it really merited at least four.) The mac-n-cheese bowl options range from pimiento cheese and bacon to the “Rajun Cajun,” which comes with your choice of blackened chicken, sausage or shrimp. The lunch menu, served all day, offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches as well as salads.
Why kids will like it: From the giant pickle sitting on the front porch to the artwork hanging throughout the house, the Fickle Pickle does not lack for kid-friendly character. The “Little Gherkins” kids’ menu features the staples, all for around $5: chicken fingers, burgers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mac-n-cheese. All come with chips, a drink and a cookie. The food is prepared quickly, which is good, considering my 9-year-old cousin and I were starving!
Why parents will like it: The transformed house offers plenty of options for indoor or outdoor dining. The back patio is big enough for kids to roam around, and the various rooms inside provide a relief from outdoor heat. There are even tables on the front porch for smaller crowds or couples who want a more private dining experience. The entrees are all priced under $10. Bottled beer and wine are also served.
– Mary Kate Hoban