Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $11, you get one Higher Tea service (a $21.95 value) at the Empress Tea Room & Bistro. Tea is served Tuesday through Saturday.
Based on the British tradition of afternoon tea, the Empress Tea Room & Bistro's Higher Tea pleasures palates with an array of dainty tea sandwiches, a choice of soup or garden salad, and decadent tea breads, scones, and assorted pastries. Slurpable selections include the soup du jour and the Empress's signature king-crab soup. Of course, the experience includes a single-flavor pot of tea, so you can polish your whist skills over many cups of steaming-hot steeps. Take your tea in the Victoria room, where formal linens, crystal, and bone china serve as perfect complements to the Empress's refined brews and delicate chews, or the comfortable Garden Room, which provides an outdoor setting without the distraction of intemperate trade winds. For sippers whose tea breaks usually consist of pounding a hot can of Fresca with clotted cream in it, the Empress offers an elegant alternative.
Empress Tea Room & Bistro
Soft lights tumble from the crystal chandeliers of Empress Tea Room & Bistro, landing on white table linens and glinting off delicate bone-china sets as diners soak up the sights and smells. The restaurant hosts visitors for lunch throughout the week as well as during Saturday high-tea sessions and Sunday brunch hours. In addition to the elegant main dining room, Empress welcomes guests into an interior garden room, which surrounds them with murals of vines. After perusing the lunch menu, visitors can enjoy specialties such as the Anna Cordelia sandwich with smoked turkey, cranberry, and melted brie, or the vegetable quiche with seasonal vegetables and cheeses. WiFi access and board games are also available to provide entertainment for diners.