A Rita' Ices just opened here...
........what do Chowhounds think of this place?
We have quite a few Rita's in the area. I love Melon Twist (i think that's the name?) misto shakes. Chocolate cherry misto shakes are pretty delicious too. Ooohh, now i can't wait for opening day!
I love it. It's a great alternative to ice cream on a hot summer day. My favorites are the tangerine and passion fruit ices. On the first day of spring (or when they open for the season) they offer free regular size ices.
Hopefully they will become a larger presence in NoVa.
I'm not a fan of water ice but my husband loves Rita's. Favorite flavors include black cherry and banana. He gets the cherry with some chocolate soft serve and is in heaven.
I've had their soft serve a few times - I get the chocolate/vanilla twist and it's pretty good. Since I'm not big on the sweets I get the kid-sized cone (which is more than enough!) but have them put the soft serve in a cup so I can make my own cone and give the rest to my husband.
I live just two or three miles away from the first original Rita;s in Andalucia, PA (just outside Philly). Around here, there are two seasons: Rita's and No Rita's. Rght now, we're stuck in No Rita's and counting the days until they open in the spring.
There's nothing like walking to the Rita's stand on a warm summer night and queuing up with the local little league team, the neighborhood grandmas and grandpas, and the young couples alike for your treats. I'm not a fan of water ice in general but I am told that theirs are top notch: real fruit and lots of it. I'm a fan of the custard myself. Vanilla in a cup, nothing fancy but very tasty. It's really rich so a little goes a long way.
FYI, Rita's was started by a Philly firefighter using a family recipe for water ice. We've got our fingers crossed here in Philly that the new owners maintain the quality we know as the company expands beyond the the Delaware Valley.
Don't have a Rita's here in Arlington, VA, but make a point of going every time I visit my parents in NJ. Great stuff.