The service at Stomping Grounds is notoriously slow, and the place smells a little like the college kids who seem to spend days at a time there, but they’ve done away with their wall outlets which is a minus for students but a plus for the dining crowd since it means fewer people camping out. Susie’s review is spot on; their loose-leaf teas are lovely and watching them steep in glass pots enhances the experience. I love the mugs and the indie music that wafts through the place reliably. Ah, college memories.
Gong Fu is where my husband and i had our first date, so i may be a little biased. It’s just such a great place to go and have a quiet conversation. I love the atmosphere, the wall of teas in jars that you can smell, the pretty little tea cups and pots for sale. I like the low tables in the back, but sometimes my legs or hips won’t allow for sitting on the floor.
The teas are abundant and lovely. I can never resist picking one out to take home with me. I only wish Gong Fu were closer to my house so that i could stop by more often.