UPDATE: Mittie’s Cafe on Main closed in 2018.
Where: Alpharetta, GA
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
Cost: $23 – $20 High Tea; $16 Light Tea; $15 Breakfast Tea; $10 Children’s High Tea – peruse menus here
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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.
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
My visit to Mittie’s was very enjoyable, yet not typical of the other ‘high tea’ encounters I have had. I would refer to Mittie’s lovingly as a “hybrid”, that combines the tea experience with the café luncheonette atmosphere. Our waitress was upbeat, engaged, prompt and willing to make recommendations at our request. The food was plentiful and tasty. The pacing was more like that of a lunch date than the two-plus hours generally spent in an establishment dedicated only to tea service. There were other guests at tables around us, who were ordering typical mid-day fare from the menu, likely on their lunch break from work. I commend Mitties’ for balancing the differing clienteles and being able to offer both options. The teas were bagged and do-it-yourself at the table, as you would in a restaurant; rather than the ‘leaf-tea, steeped by the hostess custom’ you find at the more traditional tea-houses. I can see why Mittie’s does it that way … it makes it possible to offer high-tea side by side with regular menu-driven ordering, while still keeping the timing for both relatively similar. If you are looking for an afternoon of trying on hats with your lady friends and suspending time for a few hours; there are establishments that are more suited to that than Mittie’s. But if you want to enjoy high-tea cuisine within your daily schedule, Mittie’s will meet that craving very nicely for you!
I would never step foot in this building again. My mom and I went to have lunch. This was a special treat for us as we don’t often get to see each other. There was no line so we stood at the door to be seated. There was no one working there in site. We waited about 5 minutes and so a worker pass by. She did not even speak and went across the room. My mother who is in her 70’s went over and politely told her we would like to be seated. There were many seats available. She said she would seat us but first she had to clean off tables. After she had cleaned off 4 tables and not come back to seat us we left. Rude, rude, Rude.