Jacksonville // Cozy Tea
UPDATE: Cozy Tea has closed.
While in Jacksonville, Florida visiting my friend Georgia, we had afternoon tea (well, of course), at Cozy Tea.
It’s a quaint restaurant with a touch of whimsy from the mismatched furniture, linens, and dinnerware.
Very friendly and courteous. All questions we had about the menu were answered patiently and great suggestions were given.
A thorough list ranging from black teas to tisanes, broken down in easy-to-read sections. I really liked how well the tea menu was curated so it’s not overwhelming but had a great variety. I especially liked that they had four different types of Indian Chai, which you usually don’t see.
I had the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, an Earl Grey with Jasmine notes. It was very good.
I ordered the Full Afternoon Tea where you get a pot of tea, a freshly baked scone, fruit, whipped cream and jam, a slice of quiche, soup, salad, tea sandwiches, and dessert. Whew, that’s a lot more than what’s offered in a regular afternoon tea.
Interestingly, scones were served first, with whipped cream and jam and a side of fruit. These scones were unlike any other scones I’ve had before. They were more like the tops of muffins, slightly crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside. I could have done without the powdered sugar, but they were very good. (We liked it so much we ordered another scone to share.) Seven different varieties of scones were offered, and we got the pineapple lemon and then later, the blueberry.
Next up, the savories which was a plate jammed packed with three different tea sandwiches, a small salad, soup (we got the spiced corn with butternut squash), and a small slice of quiche. It’s more of a lunch plate rather than an afternoon tea savory course plating. Everything is made in-house and the soup was OMG delicious. The only thing I didn’t love, but just liked, were the tea sandwiches. I wished they had as much flavor as the soup. OMG, can I tell you how good that soup was?
The sweets course was a giant cookie, which looked exactly like the scone served earlier. Dusted with powdered sugar the lemon glazed cookie with almonds and white chocolate had a nice chew (different from the scone), and we ate it up in just a couple of bites. Would I have loved it even more if the cookies were miniature in size? Why yes, of course I would have.
Not a traditional afternoon tea service, but the tasty homemade food makes we want to go back for more.
INFO: Cozy Tea | 1023 Park Street (in Five Points) | Jacksonville, Florida 32204 | 904.329.3964
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Available after 2:30PM
COST: Full Afternoon Tea, $22.95