Afternoon tea originated in Britain as a way to provide a mini-meal to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. It typically consists of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. Houston's hot spots for tea have menus that vary from traditional to Indian and Italian influenced. So whether you want to feel like royalty or are just feeling a little peckish, these five fabulous tea experiences won't disappoint.
Hotel Granduca Houston serves afternoon tea daily from 2 to 4 p.m. in Ristorante Cavour or in nooks throughout the hotel. Granduca adds an Italian flair to the traditional English tea service with three menu levels ranging in price from $52 to $85. Bubbles, scones, pastries and finger sandwiches are included. A special Bunny tea menu is available for children for $23. Reservations are required.
Radio Milano's High Tea is available in the lobby of Hotel Sorella daily from Noon to 4 p.m. Three tiers of canapes and sweets are available with price ranging from $25 to $45. Each menu includes your choice of 12 different French Dammann Freres teas. Specially selected wines and and six botanically inspired craft cocktails can be purchased a la carte. Reservations are required with a minimum 24 hour notice.
Indulge in an afternoon tea like no other at Kiran. A three course service is $40 and comes with gluten-free and vegetarian options. The traditional menu includes Kiran's special Chai blend with samosas, finger sandwiches with Darjeeling, and scones with Earl Grey. A special menu for young adults is available for $20. Tea service is every Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Reservations are required.
The St. Regis Houston Hotel offers a tranquil and luxurious tea experience including butler service and a harpist. Guests can choose from over 25 artisan blends from around the world. Afternoon tea includes signature sandwiches, scones, pastries and macarons. The Traditional menu is available for $49 per person or you can upgrade to the Traditional and Beyond which includes Tea Room Bubbles for $59. Children under 12 are $27. Friday - Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required.
Afternoon tea service at Bistro Menil is a relaxing and casual affair available Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For $45 a person, guests get a glass of bubbly followed by an assortment of sweet and savory bites. Tea options include a selection of black and herbal teas. Advance reservations and a two person minimum is required.
I have been a huge 8th Wonder fan for quite some time, but for some reason I had never actually visited the brewery. Located at 2202 Dallas, 8th Wonder Brewery is open seven days a week. The brewery consists of an indoor taproom and a huge outdoor beer garden and fun zone. Their own food truck, Eatsie Boys is there 7 days a week, but outside food is allowed as well.
Being a UH alum, Cougar Paw is one of my favorite 8th Wonder brews, along with Rocket Fuel. Brewmaster and Co-Founder, Aaron Corsi is not only a fellow UH Cougar, but he currently teaches several courses at the University of Houston on the science of brewing. Now that's a course I wish was offered when I attended!
8th Wonder is only blocks away from Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium. It's the perfect place to pre-game or hang out and watch sports on TV with some of Houston's best brews on draft. Beers are $5 for one token or $15 for 3 tokens and a souvenir glass.
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