Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of café fare at Lederach Tea Room in Lederach.
Lederach Tea Room comforts diners with a café-style menu replete with hearty sandwiches, soups, breakfast eats, and cozy pots of tea. Lunch dishes revolve around bread-bound fare, including an open-faced baked-ham-and-pineapple melt ($7.50), a california wrap stuffed with roasted peppers, eggplant, feta, and yogurt dressing ($9), and chef Matt's specialty crab-cake sandwich ($9.25), made from a recipe stolen from the poshest undersea birthday parties. Early-hour noshables showcase daily deliveries of farm-fresh eggs in plates such as the Rustica frittata, a tasty union of spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, and imported swiss ($7.50). Or, stray from yolk-based meals by diving mouth-first into french toast with syrup and raspberry jam ($6) or irish oatmeal ($4), served with brown sugar and a copy of Ulysses printed on a napkin. Lederach's assortment of specially blended teas ($3.50/pot) make ideal sippable companions for both pre- and postnoon repasts, and the friendly servers are happy to advise which brews pair best with which meals.