Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Nice Spot Of...

Today, Michele and I went to tea at relatively new spot called Crown & Crumpet. It's located in Ghiradelli Square, but don't let that scare you off. Once you step inside you'll totally forget you're in a touristy part of town.

I LOVED it. I'm not afraid of the color pink, which is a plus because the place is quite girly. Really. Just take a look at their photo gallery. We had the tea for two, which came with two pots of tea (I had one called the Paris blend, which was vanilla flavored and absolutely the best pot of tea I have ever had) as well as tea sandwiches (two egg salad, two cucumber, one smoked salmon, one pesto chicken salad, one blue cheese and pear, and one roast beef), three scones (probably some of the best scones I've ever had; not those huge, dry, suck-the-moisture-out-of-your-mouth things that pass for scones around here), two toasted crumpets (I love a good crumpet), and assorted sweets, including tiny madelines, cupcakes, and tarts. All for 42 bucks. Total. Not bad for such a feast! The only complaint I would have is there wasn't enough of the spreads--the clotted cream, butter, jam, and lemon curd--to satisfy this whore-for-cream. (That sounded a lot dirtier than I mean it to.)

The couple who run it are super friendly and not at all stuffy. You can tell they have a good sense of humor about the place, but still take their tea very seriously. I chatted a bit with Amy, (she owns and runs the place with her husband Christopher), who is from San Francisco, and she had some great stories about the guy my high school was named after (J. Eugene McAteer) as she used to live next door to him and his family. Four years at that high school and I never really had any idea who the dude was, until now.

I'll definitely be back, perhaps to try some of the later dinner-like fare, which includes sausage rolls. Mmmmmm.....sausage rolls. Next time you've got a hankering for tea and tiny sandwiches, definitely give this spot a try!


Babe Scanlon said...

That tea was GOOD and I'm a total tea snob.

When can we go get sausage rolls?

Babe Scanlon said...

Those are some good pictures!

Rain said...

Oh man. Sausage rolls! I wonder if could get the full tea AND sausage rolls??