Gary Clark, Meg McKinney

Relax in style at one of these unique Texas tearooms.

Tea is the new coffee. What, you didn't know? Nowadays, teashops are bubbling up all across the South, enticing with a cup ofcivilized warmth. We've uncovered three spots scattered across theLone Star State that will give you the jolt you're longing for in anew way.

Dallas: Tempest Tea
In the ultrahip Inwood Village neighborhood, this casualcafe caters to the young and on the go. You'll discover more than75 teas, including two hot and two iced versions for dailytake-out. In addition, owners Jody and Brian Rudman feature funkyAsian bubble teas--a cold version with chewy tapioca balls asanchors. They'll startle you at first but will become addictiveafter a few gulps. If you choose to linger and enjoy your beveragein-house, you'll find lots of Southern Methodist Universitystudents that keep this trendy place fun and youthful. www.tempesttea.com or [214]351-4832.

Austin: Tea Embassy
Less funky and more refined, Tea Embassy tops tables withexquisite china teapots. Classical and jazz music plays in thischarming 1872 house. Choose from more than 200 loose-leafvarieties, ranging from the Margarita Tea that tastes just like thelime drink to White Antlers, an unusual white tea from Malawi. Somewant black tea, others want oolong, and if you don't know, residentexpert Carol Sims, who owns the tea boutique with son Jonathan,will help you out. www.teaembassy.com or [512]330-9991.

Bracken: Bawdsey Manor British Tearoom
You'll want to don white gloves and something delicatelyfloral when you enjoy tea at Bawdsey Manor British Tearoom. As youwalk in the door of this traditional tearoom in Bracken, justnortheast of San Antonio, you'll hear china and silver clatteringand see portraits of Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royalfamily. You'll get the most authentic British experience in theSouth. Partake of lunch, afternoon tea, or high tea complete withscones made by the two British sisters who own the place. Pass theclotted cream, please. www.bawdseymanor.com or[210] 651-7500.
"One Sip at a Time" is from the December 2007 issue of SouthernLiving. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject tochange, please check all information to make sure it's stillcurrent before making your travel plans.

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