Destination Tea: ZenTea Tea Room

Where:  Chamblee, GA
Style:  Asian/Modern
Tea Selection:  150+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Monday-Saturday 11:30-3:30; Sunday 11:30-3;
(Private Parties – Saturday 12-2, 3-5 and Sunday 12-2)

Reservations:  24-hour notice; Advance reservation for large parties with deposit
Contact:  678-547-0877
Cost:  $29 Gluten-Free High Tea; $24 High Tea; – sample menu
Destination Tea Tip:  ZenTea posts a calendar for upcoming tea tastings

ZenTea ExteriorDestination Tea Notes:  Hostess Connie Miller began sourcing and bagging her own line of teas more than ten years ago and her dedication to offering quality, naturally-flavored and organic teas shines at her tea room. ZenTea’s extensive tea selection is the true star of afternoon tea here, and your hosts are gracious and so well versed in the tea choices that finding a tea you’ll love is a snap. Happily, we were each treated to two pots of tea, sampling each other’s choice and receiving our second pots right before dessert was served. Outside of afternoon tea, there are many ways to explore the wonders of ZenTea’s tea menu, including tea spritzers, sample teas of the day, taking your tea hot or iced, matcha lattes (yum) or sidling up to the bar for a reserved tea tasting. While the front cafe with its free Wi-Fi becomes the “remote office” for some regulars and a bright spot for friends to gather, the peaceful loveliness of the meditation room at back provides a soothing backdrop for your afternoon tea conversation or private party.

Our high tea table in the back meditation room
Our high tea table in the back meditation room
Meditation Room ZenTea
Pretty window seat

Tea Service

Cups are contemporary and pots range from traditional to Japanese cast iron
Cups are contemporary and pots range from traditional to Japanese cast iron

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Scones of blueberry and cranberry are served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves
Scones of blueberry and cranberry are served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves
Sandwiches are pimiento cheese on wheat and chicken salad croissant
Sandwiches are pimiento cheese on wheat and chicken salad croissant
Made just down the street by Maison Robert, the spinach quiche was buttery and perfectly portioned
Made just down the street by Maison Robert, the spinach quiche was buttery and perfectly portioned
Though we were full, the dessert plate was too tempting: our favorite was the homemade coconut cake, nestled amongst a homemade lemon cookie, caramel cake, raspberry sorbet with florentine and chocolate petit four.
Though we were full, the dessert plate was too tempting: our favorite was the homemade coconut cake, nestled amongst a homemade lemon cookie, caramel cake, raspberry sorbet with florentine and chocolate petit four.
A tea wonderland, including all varieties, organic choices, loose leaf and bagged
A tea wonderland, including all varieties, organic choices, loose leaf and bagged, as well as pots, cups and steeping tools for your next tea at home

Destination Tea: Mittie’s Cafe on Main

Where:  Alpharetta, GA
Style:  Southern
Tea Selection:  2 dozen bagged teas
Teatimes:  Monday-Sunday 8-3; After hours for large private parties
Reservations:  48-hour notice; 7-day notice for large parties
Contact:  770-772-0850
Cost:  $23 – $20 High Tea; $16 Light Tea; $15 Breakfast Tea; $10 Children’s High Tea – peruse menus here
Destination Tea Tip:  Follow Destination Tea on Facebook to learn about Mittie’s upcoming special discounts.

Mittie's on Main Cafe Exterior

Destination Tea Notes:  Mittie’s is a local café that serves a variety of tea menus alongside its breakfast and lunch menus. In the Southern style, their homemade foods are rich and generously portioned. High Tea here differs slightly from a traditional afternoon tea in that the meal service follows the tempo of a luncheon and that the boxed tea selection is served DIY-style with a hot pot of water. While we were at tea, Mittie’s relaxed atmosphere set the stage for many groups of friends, co-workers and new moms with infants in tow to chat over lunch.

Our high tea table awaits us
Our high tea table awaits us

Tea Service

A selection of bagged teas is brought to the table with a pot of hot water.
A selection of bagged teas is brought to the table with a pot of hot water

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

For $3, you may add a soup to your High Tea. The lobster bisque is popular with guests.
For $3, you may add a soup to your High Tea. The lobster bisque is popular with guests.
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The afternoon tea menu is served in courses. After the soup follows the fresh fruit cup nestled into a generous helping of savories, including: Quiche du Jour, Cherry Bleu Chicken Phyllo, Cucumber Canapé, Carrot Tea Muffin (we enjoyed that it wasn’t overly sweet), Dave’s Pinwheel Slice and Ms. Emily’s Chicken Salad Croissant.
In keeping with the definition of "high tea," Mittie's offers an ample menu so filling you may have to save some for later!
In keeping with the definition of “high tea,” Mittie’s offers an ample menu so filling you may have to save some for later!
The scone is served with a sweet whipped cream, as well as your choice of two desserts from a platter of assorted macarons, mini cheesecakes and brownies.
The scone is served with a sweet whipped cream, as well as your choice of two desserts from a platter of assorted macarons, mini cheesecakes and brownies.
Scones, cookies and donuts for sale
Homemade scones, cookies and donuts for sale
A back patio offers a breezy atmosphere for tea
A back patio offers a breezy atmosphere for tea

 

Destination Tea: Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary

Where:  Virginia-Highland, Atlanta, GA
Style:  Vintage Apothecary
Tea Selection:  100+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday-Saturday 11-4:30; Sunday 12-4
Reservations:  24-hour notice, 48-hour notice for parties of 5 or more
Contact:  Doria Roberts, 678-705-7995 or tippleandrose@gmail.com
Cost:  $37.50 Special Celebration High Tea; $30 Vegan/Gluten-free High Tea; $30 Southern High Tea; $25 High Tea; $10 for children 12 and under – peruse menus here
Destination Tea Tip:  Follow Destination Tea on Facebook to learn about upcoming seasonal teas and special events.

Tipple + Rose Storefront

Destination Tea Notes:  Hostess Doria Roberts takes afternoon tea seriously and consequently she expects you to be on time and read your menu. Just do it, knowing that the payoff is a completely spot-on, sumptuous afternoon tea. Doria may have given me a “Hello? It’s clearly printed on your menu” look when I was surprised to find out we had another course coming (the Digestiv), but I would gladly forego a super-solicitous host for one with Doria’s culinary prowess. This is the real deal.

Luxuriating in a soft, vintage armchair, awaiting our high tea
Luxuriating in a soft, vintage armchair, awaiting our high tea

Tea Service

High Tea at Tipple + Rose
So many delicious teas in the offing
Tea is served and pots sit on warmers
Tea is served and pots sit on warmers

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Lemon curd is housemade, and fig and pomegranate jam is locally made by Emily G's
Lemon curd is housemade, and fig and pomegranate jam is locally made by Emily G’s
We couldn't decide which housemade scone was more wonderful: the cornbread brown sugar or the sundried cherry almond vanilla. Doria is a scone master. We would have preferred the sandwich bread a bit thinner, but the three sandwich flavors were delicious: smoked salmon with boursin and arugula, deviled egg salad, and cucumber with boursin and arugula. (Boursin is like an herbed spreadable cream cheese.)
We couldn’t decide which housemade scone was more wonderful: the cornbread brown sugar or the sundried cherry almond vanilla. Doria is a scone master. We would have preferred the sandwich bread a bit thinner, but the three sandwich flavors were delicious: smoked salmon with boursin and arugula, deviled egg salad, and cucumber with boursin and arugula. (Boursin is like an herbed spreadable cream cheese). Dessert was a pistachio and a chocolate macaron and homemade pastry cream tartlets with raspberries.
Just when you think you cannot eat or drink another thing, the refreshing digestive course arrives: locally made lavender lemonade golda kombucha (a fermented beverage) and raspberry sorbet locally made by Honeysuckle Gelato Co.
Just when you think you cannot eat or drink another thing, the refreshing digestiv course arrives: locally made lavender lemonade golda kombucha (a fermented beverage) and raspberry sorbet locally made by Honeysuckle Gelato Co.
Tipple + Rose items for sale
So many goodies for sale at this apothecary, from bath salts to spices, of course teas and locally made specialties
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We will definitely be back! Beautiful tea parlor.