One of the great things about visiting the South is the amount of good will is extended to guests virtually anywhere! The note about Southern Hospitality is alive and well; even in these troubled times. Nowhere is this more evident than at Timeless Tea in Roanoke Rapids North Carolina. While some may balk at the idea of a “tea themed restaurant” in lieu of the go-go coffee culture America has turned into, the fact is that Timeless Tea is indeed a great place. Even this scribe who ascribes to the afore mentioned go-go lifestyle, couldn’t help but kick back and let the staff at Timeless Tea wash over me in a stunning display of the service of great food and tea! Owners Kim Simpson, her sister Carla and Carla’s daughter Megan all were front and center all evening and made for an unforgettable evening at Timeless Tea.
My wife and I entered the vacuous place and were immediately whisked away to our awaiting table by the young lady who would serve us, Megan. Megan was chatty and amenable right away and throughout the meal. When we finished eating, actually, we toured the whole place with Megan giving us her opinion on all things ranging from the Fairy Princesses who dote about the Fairy Princess room to our collective frustration with the deteriorating state of reality television (another article for another time).
Megan right away took our orders for drinks. While my observant wife ordered tea, I opted for coffee; it was then that I was scolded and reticently retracted my coffee order in lieu of some tea. Boy am I glad I’d done that! We both got different teas; she the Paris Tea which was a black tea with a hint of vanilla. I opted for the African Autumn; a very sweet tea which is the combination of raspberry, orange, and other herbs that I gobbled down with some zeal. My wife was thrilled that, not only was this a tea place, but they also had a jar with sugar cubes in it! White and brown sugar cubes to be more precise. This was the first of our many surprises about the fine detail work the folks over at Timeless Tea go through.
We began our meal at Timeless Tea with a small garden salad. We were given a few choices of dressing but both chose their house raspberry walnut vinaigrette which would make another appearance later as well. The salads were fresh and the lettuce was green. Two things which sound simple enough but are strangely vacant in so many restaurants we’ve been to before. I’ve actually sent “dead” salad back and I encourage others to do the same. However the salad at Timeless Tea was plentiful and fresh indeed.
Then it was on to our main course. We were given a “tasting menu” which consisted of boneless pork tenderloin, boneless pork chop with wild red pepper, stuffed chicken with asparagus, and a sausage roll, doled out with cranberry and stuffing. Both pork offerings were great and both lent themselves to a different taste; but both were great. The stuffed chicken looked daunting but was one I found myself returning to. However it was this sausage roll is where Megan brought back around the raspberry walnut vinaigrette and to which I consummately dived in. So much fun and so unexpected; I can’t say enough good about this first round of food offerings.
This was not all for this meal! Not by a long shot. We also were portioned out two of that evenings “specials;” lobster tail, served with an open faced, twice baked potato topped with grated cheese and scallions and peas. That was one. Then there was their crab & shrimp scampi; diced in a mild sauce. The lobster was pretty good though I must admit that my lobster experience begins and ends with the end of summer clam bake my uncle hosts every year in his Long Island back yard for about 500 people with fresh Atlantic lobster eaten after being cooked in a pit of hot rocks in his back yard. So I may have unrealistic expectations for what I’d like my lobster to be. That was not a problem though with the clam & shrimp scampi as both meats were delicious and the scampi noodles were diced, making for a truly interesting experience.
After all this food, you would think we were stuffed (and we were!) However leave it to Ms. Simpson and her Southern Charms to make sure we didn’t leave without dessert. My wife & I split a warm open apple pie thing which had vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. Trust me when I say it was good; I was just so stuffed beyond belief that it’s goodness couldn’t fully register.
Timeless Tea also has a number of fun rooms for parties, business meetings, private events, baby showers, and even romantic dinners for two! Check the “services” portion of their website to learn more about the particulars or just stop on down to Timeless Tea and have a chat with Ms Simpson herself! You’ll find yourself enthralled by her excellent demeanor and upbeat nature; you’ll be hooked when you taste her food and are treated to the experience of Timeless Tea!