With its aristocratic origins?it was a custom started by an English duchess?afternoon tea has a bit of a reputation for being stuffy. Tea with Tracy hopes to change that notion.
Though it's located in the historic antique district of Seymour, Tea with Tracy is not quite like some of its neighbors. Instead, it welcomes patrons to plop down on its comfy furniture and sip a hot cuppa while inhaling the aromas of fresh scones. The Connecticut Post said, "it is so comfortable, it feels like home."
Plus, a tea menu with more than 180 options includes such unconventional sips as blueberry-crumb-cake black tea and bubblegum herbal tea, as well as classic teas, including sencha, one of the most popular green teas in Japan. Patrons sip these brews and nibble on finger foods, such as scones slathered with jam and savory tea sandwiches.
Tea with Tracy also hosts bridal showers and parties, in addition to afternoon teas, and it equips guests with everything they need for at-home tea brewing, even tea-pot jewelry.
The soaring tunes of weekly live musicians and the enticing scents of café fare mingle midair before drifting across the comfy couches and photography speckling Doug's Hideaway Café. The menu offers a who's who of italian meats tucked below a blanket of veggies, oil, and vinegar with the hoagie-roll-wrapped Italian Stallion ($6.99), and the healthful Hideaway wrap's mix of turkey, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts packs fewer calories and more taste than an astronaut’s entire freeze-dried Thanksgiving dinner. Daily rotating soups ($2.79 for a small, $3.59 for a large) accompany made-to-order sandwiches ($5.99) and leafy salads ($3.59–$6.99) with steamy, aromatic draughts.
For nearly half a century, Eddy's Bake Shop's bakers have kept pantries stocked with savory breads and sweet pastries, donuts, and cupcakes, and wedding banquet tables laden with multi-tiered cakes. Expert bakers whip up loaves of their well-loved rye bread fresh each day, and craft cookies from traditional Old-World recipes.
At HSC, the bread-hugged, gourmet menu items earned the 2010 Best Sandwich vote from the Fairfield County Weekly —a victory achieved through a blend of fresh ingredients and fill-up portions. Positioned front and center on the café menu, the aged Vermont cheddar cheeseburger scores savory points by featuring all-natural patties made from unfussed-with beef. The rest of the menu reads like a musical playlist for diverse tastes. The China Girl jazzes up a chicken wrap with Asian elements such as the ginger-pineapple glaze ($7.95), and the Magnificent Seven tops tomato and mozzarella with pesto and red peppers ($8.50). The smear of Cajun mayo adds spice to the turkey- and ham-stuffed Fire on the Bayou, which is served warm ($7.95). The rest of the options include salads, breakfast food, and an extensive specialty café drink menu packed with sips that sound more like desserts; the Snickers or candy-cane lattes should satisfy a snappy sweet tooth.
Although Queen Zuri New Orleans Delicacies stands more than 1,000 miles from the Big Easy, the shop manages to capture the sweetness of New Orleans life with an assortment of southern-inspired desserts. Red velvet cake,?banana pudding, and pralines are a few specialties, along with exquisite?wedding cakes tailored to individual tastes. There's a savory side to the shop, too: customers can slurp?New Orleans?style gumbo and crab chowder. And according to?one?Shelton Herald contributor,?owner Kim Soto?"has tried to re-create New Orleans with the interior design as well.?Photos of Crescent City scenes hang on the wall and New Orleans music plays on the sound system."