Travel To Go | Been There, Do This: Russian Tea Time in Chicago

Been There, Do This: Russian Tea Time in Chicago

By: Emma Weissmann


When it comes to culinary delights, Chicago has no shortage for hungry foodies. Perhaps most famously, the Windy City spawned America’s love for gooey deep-dish pizza and piled-high “Chicago Way” hot dogs that drip with electric-green relish and tangy yellow mustard (best enjoyed during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field).

Restaurants serving these staples are ubiquitous in the city, but tourists and locals looking for a break from the deep-dish pizza and hot dogs — and an excuse to raise their pinkies — should head to another one of Chicago’s most famous culinary landmarks: Russian Tea Time.

Offering both afternoon high tea and full meal service, Russian Tea Time invites guests to immerse themselves in an era long gone. Serving traditional dishes from the former Republics of the Soviet Union, this family-owned establishment believes that dishes are meant to be shared. Groups can choose from an assortment of teas (tip: try the house blend) as well as bite-size savory and sweet treats. Traditional Russian delicacies include pozharski (breaded cutlet), croquettes with honey mustard, potato piroshki (stuffed buns), rugelach and more.

Afternoon tea service costs about $30 per guest and is offered daily from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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