High Tea

You don't have to jump the pond to find tea fit for a queen. We found delicious handmade blends right in downtown DC.

Tea takes a back seat at many restaurants, and considering the way most places regard tea service, it’s little wonder. Who wants a cup of bagged Constant Comment you can have at home? But Ris, chef Ris Lacoste’s new West End restaurant, has made tea a point of pride by investing in handmade blends from Laurie Bell and her excellent Great Falls Tea Garden.

The result? Teas so good you’d do well to forgo coffee and sip one of Bell’s exceptionally complex, aromatic concoctions. You can enjoy them without dining at Ris, too, by calling 703-757-6209 or e-mailing They’re also sold at Cathy’s Corner Gift Shop.

This article appeared in the April, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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