Tea in Chicago?
Alright guys, I’m in Chicago for a week and I need your help. What tea places should I hit up while I am here? I’d like to go to places that are original, perhaps places where they blend their own teas or where I can find a great selection of things that you can’t find just anywhere.
well http://www.argotea.com/ only has 3 locations and Chicago is one of them!
http://www.russianteatime.com/ is a restaurant, not a shop, but looks nice for a fancy afternoon tea service if you’re into that, plus it’s near the art institute
and this has nothing to do with tea (well they probably serve some hot tea) but Orange is a great place for brunch, really funky, fun attitude, good fresh and creative food, etc. apparently they have lots of locations. I have no idea which I went to when I was there, but it was awesome! http://orangerestaurantchicago.com/orange/html/
ps – actually they do have chai tea french toast!
Chicago Tea Garden perhaps?
Argo tea is only ok, like a starbucks of tea.
I have had the chai french toast at Orange! I wish they didn’t serve it in a chai tea soup, but made a cream anglaise sauce for the french toast.
I really recommend Todd & Holland, in Forest Park. http://www.todd-holland.com/
Everything from them is online, but it’s always nice to check the place in person. They only have 2 teas out for sample everyday.
If you never been to a Teagschwendner, there’s one in the Gold Coast, http://www.teagschwendner.com/US/en/Locations.TG
For Afternoon tea, my friend said the Drake Hotel has a nice one.
Phoneix Restaurant, amazing Chinese food, and excellent oolong and jasmine tea they serve http://www.yelp.com/biz/phoenix-restaurant-chicago#query:phoneix
TenRen is nearby, south of there. That store is insane, I recommend going elsewhere to buy tea, since the service is rushed and rude, though there’s only one lady there that is kind.
Japonais is always a great place to eat, and their iced green tea is super good (with free refills) Expensive though!
If you like bubble tea, http://www.yelp.com/biz/joy-yees-noodle-shop-chicago#query:a%20place%20for%20tea I guess they are more like shakes, but their avocado drink is so delish!
There is always the Adagio that just opened up in Naperville which isn’t far from downtown Chicago. You can do Argo Teas which are located in several places, Tea Gschwendner same thing.