Sisters Tea Parlor is a sweet, frilly haven from the cares of the world. If you ever feel the need to put on a big frou frou hat, wear a pretty dress and sip peach melba tea from a teensy teacup, this establishment is the perfect place for such a droll distraction. Located in Buckner, about twenty minutes from downtown Louisville, this Tea Parlor has a great deal to offer in the realm of the glamorous, the girly, and the gastronomical.
I was privileged to attend a "Gone with the Breeze" tea party at Sisters on Thursday evening, a Southern Belle Whodunit, complete with costumed characters and a themed menu (they are running this again tonight, Friday the 23rd, call for reservations!). We were offered the opportunity to dress up in big hats and fur stoles, then led past the tea bar into a meticulously decorated dining room.
Sisters offers bottomless pots of tea, and you can switch flavors at any time. We began the night with a delicate almond cookie tea, and peach melba iced tea. After the first courses (really excellent wilted greens, and super creamy corn chowder) we switched to Paris in a Teacup, a brew that tasted heavily of creme brulee, and Moonlight Sonata, a chocolate cherry confection. We drank so much tea we about popped.
Patrons and staff were given parts to read in a cute little drama, a more relaxed version of dinner theater. Then the tea trays came just crammed with goodies. We had chicken and waffle skewers with maple cream; the savory chicken and sweet waffles always a winning combination. The fried green tomatoes were somewhat less of a success, but the Creole remoulade they came with was lovely. The scones (garlic and peach with dill butter) were pillows of flavor. The best part of the meal came with the mint julep cupcakes: vanilla cupcakes topped with mint chocolate and whipped bourbon flavored icing, and the spiced pecans that came alongside the Mississippi Mud brownie.
Sisters is just packed with charm and hospitality. It's the perfect place for a night with the girls, or a baby shower, or even a little girl's tea party! Sisters does several special events, including "An American Girl Tea Party" For little girls and their dolls, and "Mother's Day High Tea". It's hard to beat a bottomless pot of tea and giant pink hats, I will certainly be giving Sisters Tea Parlor a return visit.
photos: Elizabeth Orrick and Lauren O'Neil
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