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Casual Cozy Tea in Five Points has intimate charm

For a post-meal treat, try a freshly baked apricot scone with a side of whipped cream and jam.  
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With homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, Cozy Tea can satisfy most lunch cravings.
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The moist vanilla cake served atop creamy English custard is covered with a light, mixed-berry compote.
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Truffle varieties run the gamut – from Key lime to cappuccino. These bite-sized desserts make great gifts or small post-meal treats.
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Cozy Tea's quiet, roomy and relaxed dining room creates a peaceful lunch setting.
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A pot of tea is less than $4, and there are enough varieties and flavors to keep you coming back for more.
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Cozy Tea's dessert case of truffles in every variety imaginable will tempt you take some to go or share a few with your tablemates.
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The warm lemon-glazed cookie, with warm chocolate and almond pieces, and drizzled with lemon glaze, is a nice ending to a light lunch.
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Cozy Tea has plenty of seating, and larger parties can call ahead to reserve certain areas or the bigger tables.
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Peruse the dessert case first. Prices are quite reasonable, and portions aren't overly large, so order a few to share.
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The curry chicken salad, mixed with golden raisins and almond slivers, can be ordered on soft white or wheat bread.
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The vegetarian tea sandwich is neatly piled with housemade cheese spread, organic mixed greens, tomato, carrots and seedless English cucumber. Pair it with a side salad, soup, potato salad, chips or fresh fruit for an additional fee.
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Select from Cozy Tea's dozens of loose-leaf varieties for a personalized pot of your favorite type of tea — like jasmine green tea.
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1023 Park St., Five Points

329-3964

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Sometimes a casual lunch calls for fine china, dainty doilies, gold-rimmed teacups and floral-print linens.

Located across the street from historic Sun-Ray Cinema, Cozy Tea's family-owned-and-operated tea room feels like it could be your grandmother's parlor: charming, familiar and cozy.

They serve several varieties of tea sandwiches including shrimp salad, smoked turkey, egg salad, cheese spread and cucumber; I enjoy the curried chicken salad on wheat with golden raisins and almonds and the vegetarian sandwich of cheese spread, organic mixed greens, English seedless cucumber, tomato and carrots. Side items are available for an additional charge.

Other lunch offerings include warm quiches, a savory lentil and vegetable pie, vegetable samosas (an Indian pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas), salads and an assortment of soups — tomato herb, roasted corn with butternut squash, sour cream baked potato and spring vegetable with fresh ginger. A hot cup of soup pairs nicely with a salad or sandwich.

Portions are relatively small yet satisfying and reasonably priced. Everything is made in-house, down to the handmade gourmet truffles. Peruse the case dedicated solely to truffles, scones and dessert offerings like fluffy vanilla cake over a creamy English custard with berry compote, bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream, carrot cake with caramelized pineapple and white chocolate frosting — and several other drool-worthy choices.

The warm lemon-glazed cookie, with pieces of white chocolate and almonds, drizzled with the most perfectly citrusy lemon sauce, is sure to please. Craving something more? Try sour cream blueberry butter cake studded with blueberries throughout and dusted with powdered sugar.

Scone varieties include blueberry, pineapple lemon, cherry coconut, apricot cream, vanilla sugar and cranberry orange. Heighten your experience by asking for sides of freshly whipped cream and jam.

If you're into tea, study the bookshelf with seemingly infinite flavors and varieties. I usually order a pot of the aromatic jasmine green tea but occasionally try one of the chai choices. (If you don't finish your pot of tea, ask for a to-go cup for 50 cents.)

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch, Cozy Tea is large enough for a big group outing and fast enough for a quick, healthful lunch or tea with co-workers.

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