Best Tea House - 2010
Tranquil Tea Lounge
Tea snobs, this is your Mecca, and its owners are your kin. Michellee Phelps and her brother, Jonathan Munsayac, have stocked their tea store and café with so many tea varietals you could conceivably visit for a hundred consecutive days and never repeat the same drink. Black, green, oolong, white, pu-erh, rooibos, maté, herbal and tisane constitute the base types of brewing leaves, but then there are blends with dried fruit, chocolate, even chiles. And what's tea without something to nibble? Sandwiches, appetizers good enough for the Top Chef judges, and the occasional dainty desserts are offered. They are like catnip to the ladies because, above all, Tranquil is a proudly feminine refuge for mom groups, as well as the site of bridal showers and other rites of passage for the prototypical adult female who still likes tea parties. You'll catch the occasional human with a Y chromosome, but it's likely to be a homesick Brit out for spot of tea.