St. Regis Hotel, Houston
Tea ends a Houston day here 3 to 5 p.m. with St. Regis butler service taking care of your tea with sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream, and petits fours. Reservations are strongly suggested. Visit www.starwoodhotels.com, or call (713) 403-2631.
Serenitea, Sugar Land
What a perfect town for those who sweeten their brew with one scoop or two. Archana Pyatt serves lunch and afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and scones. You may also take home loose tea, tea products, and a small selection of books "steeped in mystery and romance"--all with tea central to the plot. For reservations Monday through Saturday call (281) 491-4588. Visit www.sereniteatearoom.com.
Jenni's Noodle House, Houston
Don't worry about holding your pinkie out here while sipping tea. This hip place at 3111 South Shepherd at West Alabama is great for a mid-afternoon break. Try the chrysanthemum tea, layer cake, and Dream Rolls. Visit www.noodlesrule.com.
Café M. Bloomers, Navasota
Painted a yellow as cheerful as chrysanthemums, this cafe is at the heart of Martha's Bloomers, a home and garden store. It serves lunch and tea 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with freshly-made scones (they're great!) and other pastries. High tea, 2 to 4 p.m. daily, is by reservation only. Call (936) 870-3277. For special event teas, visit www.marthasbloomers.com.