When I asked my San Francisco beau where the best place was for afternoon tea in the city, they took me to Lovejoy’s.
We met another friend of theirs at 3:00 pm on a Wednesday, when no reservations were needed, and were promptly seated at a small table facing the window.
Instead of offered a pre-decided afternoon tea set, Lovejoy’s lets you build your own. You get to decide how many sandwiches, scones, cakes, fruit, and salads you get. You even get to pick your sandwich flavors! I ordered one daily special sandwich, which was ham-arugula-brie, and another chutney-cheddar sandwich. The scones were absolutely enormous, and I could only finish half of one. I also enjoyed the two different kinds of salads that came with my high tea set, but the star of the show was their Chocolate Truffle tea. With mil and sugar added, this tea tastes and smells like a hot chocolate.
Because of the Chocolate Truffle Tea, or perhaps because of the good company, we ended up staying nearly three hours. It is worth mentioning that I was among interesting company. All three of us were queer, my beaux is trans, and their friend is a professional dominatrix. Not the most typical tea crowd, but then again, we were in San Francisco….