Nothing makes you feel more like royalty than sipping your afternoon tea in fine china and nibbling on your crust-less finger sandwiches. It’s less like an old-school European tradition and more like a modern necessity, especially if you head to the right places in Dallas for high tea. So if you are looking for a still, peaceful afternoon with a few friends or planning an upscale luncheon for a few dozen, look no further than these top 5 tea parlors in the metroplex.
1 The Adolphus Hotel
Known as the priciest tea room in town, the historic Adolphus Hotel downtown offers a luxurious tea time for locals and visitors alike. Every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4:45, guests gather for the four-course event, seated in the lavish surroundings of the French Room, enjoying tunes from the classical pianist seated at the 1893 Steinway grand piano. Choices of tea are the Rain Forest Mate, a blend of star anise, rose petals, apples and cloves, Orange Jasmine and Pear Caramel. Get into the English mood with their variety of small dishes, including English Cucumber sandwiches with Boursin Cream Cheese, scones and chocolate truffles.
1321 Commerce St, 214.742.8200, www.hoteladolphus.com
Maudee's quaint little tea room on Lovers Lane boasts a relatively affordable high tea, around $20 for a wonderful three-course event, including a sorbet, an assorted collection of tea sandwiches and finished off with a freshly baked seasonal scones, popovers with double-clotted cream and jams & curds. The Cream Tea option runs at the same time but for a mere $12.95, and includes your choice of tea with scones, tea breads, lemon curds and jams. Your range of tea choices are respectable loose-leaf items from Globex America, from classic Earl Grey varieties to some more adventuress options such as Green Sencha Boysenberry Apricot or Vanilla Mint Rooiboos. Place settings include Churchill China and original Franciscan Desert Rose dishes.
4333 Lovers Lane, 214.526.9750, www.maudees.com
3 Chocolate Angel Cafe & Tea Room
Walking into The Chocolate Angel's tea room is like exploring the inside of an elaborate wedding cake. Everything is ornamental and sophisticated, yet the vibe is cozy and warm. Their daily tea time comes with the regular variety of teas and pastries (along with a rare and delicious puff pastry filled with ham and Gruyere cheese), and if you have a craving for their Chicken Salad Tartlets or Blue Cheese and Walnut Torte but can't break for lunch let alone a luxurious tea time, get them to go.
635 W Campbell Rd, 214.234.8099, www.chocolateangel.com
This North Dallas French bistro may be a hot lunch and dinner spot, but it's also a great place for high tea, served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The delicate dishes, doilies and French-country decor make you feel like you should have worn your hat and white gloves, and the decadent pastries--from the stuffed eclairs to the strawberry tarts--alone are worth the drive. However, you'll also enjoy the traditional finger sandwiches and tea varieties, which includes Tamarine and Nectarine Black Tea and Hibiscus Aux Framboises. However, if you opt for the Darjeeling or Oolong, be prepared to pay an extra fee.
19009 Preston Rd, Ste 200, 972.248.1911, www.lavendou.com
5 Dallas Arboretum
It's the perfect time of year for the Dallas Arboretum's Holiday Tea parties. Offered seven days a week at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the seasonal tea menu runs through December 31st and includes an elaborate three-course meal which includes Tomato Basil Soup, Cinnamon Apple Bread and Turkey with Orange Butter on Cranberry Bread, and Christmas Sugar Cookies along side your Chocolate Espresso. It's the best place to enjoy your tea time while you gaze out at the gorgeous sprawling lawns and myriad of flora the Arboretum possesses.
8528 Garland Road, 214.515.6500, www.dallasarboretum.org