On a recent trip to Denton, TX, I stopped by The Chestnut Tree Tea Room for lunch. They had a variety of iced and hot teas. Since it was August in Texas, I opted for the sweet tea. I had a hard time deciding between passion fruit, strawberry hibiscus or black currant sweet tea. I opted for the black currant tea and was not disappointed. It had a light currant flavor that I found very refreshing.
A variety of muffins were delivered to the table with regular and strawberry butter. One muffin was chocolate chip, which was great with the strawberry butter. The strawberry butter had actual bits of strawberries and wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. The other muffins were some sort of fruit. I couldn’t exactly figure out what they were, but my best guess would be either apple or pear.
Everything on the menu looked delicious, so I ordered the “pick three” with a choice of a soup, salad and sandwich. The waitress suggested the fruit salad. I was a bit hesitant because I imagined frozen fruit that had been thawed. The beautiful salad on my plate could not have been farther from that image. The salad contained fresh bananas, apples, honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple. The fruit had no trace of lemon juice, which is a pet peeve of mine. When I eat fruit, I want it to taste like the fruit not lemon juice. The salad was complemented perfectly with an almond yogurt dressing.
The chicken salad was served on beer wheat bread. The beer wheat bread was phenomenal. It was soft with a crunchy crust and a slight sweet taste. The chicken salad had chunks of chicken with almonds and celery.
The soup was a chilled avocado with tomatoes and tortilla chips. I enjoyed dipping the chips into the soup. Once the chips were gone, I lost interest in eating the pure soup, partially because I was full.
I couldn’t resist the strawberry pretzel salad for dessert. The crust is a delightful mix of pretzels, butter and sugar. The layers are sweet cream cheese and strawberry jello with fresh strawberries. After my large lunch, I could only manage a few bites, but it was divine.
Chestnut Tree Tea Room 107 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201