This is following up on the thread about Imperial Tea Court, and several recent conversations about the lack of places that serve high-quality loose leaf teas. Restaurants that would never consider serving a packet of Nescafe or Sanka think nothing of offering Stash or Bigelow tea bags.
Please add any favorites of yours.
A few places I like:
-Tea-Time on Ramona near University in Palo Alto serves traditional teas on china, with cookies and tea sandwiches available. Inexpensive and serene, with teas for purchase and classes at night; extensive variety of Darjeelings. They handle the brewing time in the kitchen.
- Frjtz, home of Belgian french fries and trance, on Hayes at Laguna in SF, serves a wide variety of Mighty Leaf teas. Mighty Leaf is the new name for Tea & Company. If you ever went to their store on Fillmore, you'll remember Vanilla Bean and Pear Caramel. Many of the herbal blends are wonderful especially the rooibos and celebration. (Fritz's mango iced tea comes from their coffee supplier.) A "cup" with giant pot is a bargain at $1.50, although the straining is up to you.
-Peet's has great teas, but often the servers only know about coffee and ruin them by overbrewing and scorching. Paper cups don't help. Laurel Village has the best selection of rare teas aside from the original store at Walnut and Vine in Berkeley.
-Many of the Lebanese owned cafes in the city like Cafe ? in Glen Park. Nothing fancy, just a little metal pot with Earl Gray and messy do it yourself sugar supplies. Ditto for cafes like Java Supreme on Guerrero.
I'm not averse to afternoon tea destinations like Lovejoy's, but particularly interested in cafes that cost <$5 and offer seating.