Tea Anyone – Eating Lunch at a Tea House in Heritage Village of Crystal River

Crystal River is known for being one of the best places in the world to swim with Manatee. Which can make it enough for many people to fall in love with. Yet, when I discovered its famous Heritage Village I felt that I can just stay on this one tiny street for days.

Heritage Village

Entrance to Heritage Village

Heritage Village, Citrus Avenue, is a several of blocks long comprised of tiny shops and restaurants. It still holds the same charm as it did years ago when the village was predominantly all about fishing and little tourism impact.

Citrus Avenue, Heritage Village, Crystal River, Florida

The architecture is from the good ole days of general stores and mom and pop hardwares and delicious home cooked meals at restaurants.

General Store in Heritage Village, Crystal River, Florida

Once again, my quest for finding the most unique and quaint restaurant was divulged to me by Hernando County Tourism Board. And I am forever grateful to Honey and Tara, who work with the tourism board, to tell me about Tea House 650.

Teahouse 650, Heritage Village

Teahouse 650 has truly been the best restaurant finds of our entire trip.

Besides the fact that I am a self-proclaimed tea addict and the idea of drinking good teas was appealing to me. That was until we arrived and I realized that the restaurant itself had so much character. The actual eating area is mainly on an outdoor porch in the back. It is quite small with three tables outside and also two tables inside.

restaurants in crystal river florida

Our waitress came out and of course the first question to ask is which teas should we taste. With a huge menu only for teas, it was a really difficult choice.

tea menu at teahouse

With kids we decided to stick to ice teas, and even that proved to be a challenge.

ice tea menu, teahouse 650, heritage village

So we had a taste test.

ice tea taste test

Ironically though, the best choice of the day for tea was an organic strawberry smoothie with berry tea and strawberry yogurt.

organic strawberry smoothie with berry tea

Now that the tea is chosen, the food is what truly impressed us the most.  The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team, Gail and Norm. Gail is the meet and greet lady, showing everyone around in the store and helping with knowledgeable info about teas. Norm, was the chef – the magic man.

Reading the menu it was hard to gather the tastiness of the food until it was sitting in front of you and you wished that you ordered two of everything.

I stuck to what I felt more comfortable with: Chicken pot pie. It has been years since I had one, and this one has made me crave more.

chicken pot pie

For my oldest I ordered a roast beef sandwich

roast beef sandwich

And for my youngest the panini and soup platter. He’s not a big sandwich eater, but he does like soup so it was a great combo since I got a chance to try both.

panini and tomato roasted soup

My husband went out on a limb and got the Tabouli, feta and bean dish. And this was the one that was beyond words. I’ve never had good Tabouli and after too many failed attempts gave up on the whole Tabouli thing. But I don’t know what they do to this salad, it was out of this world.

tabouli salad with feta cheese

With a full belly and happy kids playing in the backyard I decided to venture in and check out the store.

teahouse 650 store

There is a reason Gail is there to help out. As much as I love tea, I have never heard of 90% of the ones she had.

tea blends from around the world

Video Fun

The Teahouse mainly serves lunch since they open at 10 am and close at 5 pm.  So when you are visiting Crystal River, make sure to get yourself over for some good food, tasty tea and a walk around Heritage Village.

 

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

2 Responses to Tea Anyone – Eating Lunch at a Tea House in Heritage Village of Crystal River

  1. What a great find! It looks like there were a ton of tea options! The food looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Jennifer says:

    I love this! I too am a tea addict and this looks like a great place to enjoy some tea. The shop looks like it has quite the selection of teas to purchase too.
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