Best of Columbus 2009

Best Tea

From the 02/25/2009 edition

Zen Cha Tea Salon

982 N. High St., Short North



ZenCha's website says that the tea salon is located on the banks of High Street. Referring to a street with banks might seem odd, but once inside Alive readers' favorite place for tea, even a busy urban thoroughfare seems like a meandering brook running through a verdant hillside.

Such is the calming power of good tea served by good people.

ZenCha owner I-Cheng Huang and his expert staff hope you'll come in, turn off your cell phone and enjoy a steamy pot or two. They serve 100 varieties of hot tea daily, as well as bubble teas and brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Much of the tea is sold in loose-leaf bulk to enjoy at home in one of the gourmet serving sets available for purchase. But drinking tea at ZenCha is about the experience - slowly preparing each cup with friends and enjoying the zesty aromas that fill the sparse yet intimate interior.

Coffee fuels our busiest days; tea helps us value peace over pace.

For a soothing, earthy blend, try one of the green teas imported from the East and brought to table with delicate porcelain cups for capturing rich tastes and smells. Also delicious on a cold February afternoon are the Fresh Fruit Blends, black or green teas brewed with fresh fruit.

Runners up: Starbucks, Stauf's Coffee Roasters