When I found out that June was National Ice Tea month I saw an opportunity to expand on a passion of mine. I eat out for lunch often and anyone who’s ever eaten with me knows I’m an ice tea freak. Especially in the summer. I love tea…beautiful, non-flavored southern tea. I was raised with a pitcher of ice tea in the refrigerator that gave me an endless supply as a child. I worked at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for 12 years and that was the first time I worked at a place that operated a restaurant. I think it’s there that I discovered my ice tea habits that are at times, somewhat annoying to the waiter and lunch mates.
I like sweetners, but just the yellow and blue packets, dark-golden color, tea spoons, great ice, lovely actual glasses, and something I dubbed “tea-dar.” I absolutely cannot eat my meal unless I have tea. If my tea glass isn’t filled then I start this panic look like I’m suffering. I look to see where the tea pitchers are stored and plot to just get one and pour myself but alas, that would not be classy. Tea-dar is when the wait staff recognizes that my tea glass is near empty and fills it up. My lunch mates accuse me of being a bit dramatic.
So I set out on Leslie’s National Ice Tea Tour but with Oklahoma City restaurants. There are 30 days in June. I’m not sure if I can do a tea a day but I’ll do my best. Thought I would go ahead and blog about these tea reviews so far. I’ve been posting on my Facebook page and have found a secret tea society it seams! The captions have the reviews with a 1 out-of 4 tea bag review. More to come as June comes and goes!
PERFECT! Republic Gastropub. Everything went sooo well with this tea stop. Sat down, waiter asked almost immediately – would you like tea? His tea-dar was perfect. Correct sweetners. Even brought a glass of extra ice when the ice melted away. 4 tea bags out of 4! 6/4/2012
Paseo Grill The lemon is not necessary for me but still a nice thought. Great coloring. Good tea-dar behind “curtains” even. Paired with those fried green beans? Southern Win! Kind of a wine glass glass. 2 tea bags out of 4. 6/1/2012
Pachinko Parlor. Beautiful color. No pink in the sweetner jar (yay!). Tea-dar good. Pachinko is a cousin to Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler so makes you wonder if they have the same supplier. On a side bar note – it sounded like either whales singing in the music or it was the Flaming Lips music. Would make sense since we were by the Womb/Vagina gallery. 2 tea bags out of 4. June 7, 2012
Cloudy day…cloudy tea at … Moma rojas. Very meh. Served with a lemon. The plastic glass is pink so the color is not worth reviewing. I did figure out, the better the tea, the better the appetite. I left and a big to-go box. $2.50 too…my goodness. 2 bags out of 4. 6/12/2012
Louie’s Grill & Bar – Midtown. The glass is a hard plastic, with Louie’s logo on the front, Coca-Cola logo on the back. Clever cooperative marketing. The tea was golden. Came with a teaspoon in it which I like and think is thoughtful for those using sweetners. Ice was perfect. Tea dar there but they were extremely swamped. Don’t need lemons. I’m thinking that should be a special request. 3 tea bags out of 4! June 5, 2012
Yes! My own tea. Perfect color. Two Splenda packets and an antique tea stirrer that I acquired from my great aunt Doty proving how far back ice tea goes with the Spears family. I was born with a tea pitcher always available in the refrigerator to pour from. I brew it through an old coffee maker. I tried the ice tea makers and it’s just not the same. Two bags of Cain’s decaf. I give myself 3 out of 4 tea bags because I just wish it were easier to make! June 8
Ahhhh yes Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler off Britton & May. Perfection! The only thing I must say is their variety of sweetners is not as good so I have to go half sweet/half unsweet. Please get Splenda in! That pink package stuff is kills my brain! 6/4/2012
This was another wonderful tea experience from A Good Egg Dining Group restaurant. This time it was Cheever’s Cafe. I was asked immediately upon sitting what I want to drink. First place I’ve received a straw. Color is beautiful. I guess we just need to request no lemon if we don’t want it. Tea-dar was shared – a waiter pours for one table, sees the other waiter’s table needs a fill and goes right to it. After we were tabbed out, the waiter asked “would you like me to prepare a tea to go?’ 4 tea bags out of 4! 6/15/12
Café NOVA OKC: A bit discolored but still flavored. Their tea-dar was excellent. Never an empty glass. The glass was a beer glass. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 1 tea bag out of 4 6/1/2012