Top 10 Tearooms in Texas
Tea in Texas? It's served British-, Asian-, and Texas-style, from luxury hotels to courthouse squares.
Okay, I confess. I'm a guy, I drink tea, but I won't hold my pinkie out. Guess who else sips tea, too? Read on about these 10 great places (in no particular order) with three-tiered trays, petits fours, finger sandwiches, scones, and other sweets.
Bawdsey Manor, San Antonio
See the story about this little corner of England in "Texas Living: People & Places" in our May issue of Southern Living. British sisters Vicki Seder and Christine Thomas serve PG tips tea, Devonshire split scones, entrées such as shepherd's pie and a grocery of British goods, even down to HP Sauce. High tea is by reservation Monday through Saturday. Visit www.bawdseymanor.com, or call (210) 651-7500.
The Steeping Room, Austin
I prefer morning tea here, with sunshine slanting through windows at this tearoom at the new Domain shopping complex, near Braker Lane and MoPac. Emily Morrison from Eastside Café and Amy March, former tea expert at Central Market, offer meals, teas, and a shop of loose tea and other items. Visit www.thesteepingroom.com.
The Adolphus, Dallas
The pastry chef whips up opera cakes, petits fours and other delights for Afternoon Tea, served from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Lobby Living Room of the downtown landmark. A pianist entertains on the 1893 Steinway. Tea is served September through June. Reservations are required. Visit www.hoteladolphus.com, or call (214) 742-8200.
Merry Heart Tearoom, Granbury
It's the best little tearoom on a courthouse square. You can choose to be served sandwiches and savories, scones or confections with tea, served daily 3 to 5 p.m. Lunch is served too. Try the Merry Heart Chicken Salad Plate. For reservations (suggested), call (817) 573-3800. Visit www.merryhearttearoom.com.