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Last updated: Tue. May. 20, 2014 - 07:04 am EDT

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Restaurant review: Quiet Corner Tea & Coffee Room

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Quiet Corner Tea & Coffee Room

Where: 3242 East 500 South-57, Churubusco

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Quiet-Corner-Tea-and-Coffee-Room/191814687523169

Phone: 693-2202

Menu sampler

* Chai tea: $3.49 small pot; $4.49 large pot

* Coffee Freezers: $3.99

* Fruit tea blasts: $3.99

* Quiche of the Day: $6.49

* Chicken salad sandwich: $6.99

* Pies and Cakes: $2.99; A la mode $3.49

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I have an affinity for places that are off the beaten path. I don't know if it's the sense of adventure or wanting to be different, but the restaurant I'm reviewing today is exactly the type of place I seek out.

Quiet Corner is just a few miles northwest of Churubusco off U.S. 33. After turning off the highway, you'll follow the signs until you turn onto the long winding drive that leads to the restaurant.

The two dining rooms are cozy and inviting. The larger room is equipped with a piano and can serve large parties. Both rooms' large picture windows offer spectacular views of the woods, gardens and wildlife.

We chose to sit in the smaller dining room and were lucky enough to get a table right against the window.

The decor is simple - teapots. There wasn't a surface or shelf what wasn't lined with every imaginable kind of teapot and teacup. I love china and was as delighted by the decor as by the views of nature outside the window.

Chai tea is Quiet Corner's signature beverage and ordering it is a must - not only because of its flavor, but its authenticity. Owners Dick and Shirley Rinker served as medical missionaries in India and have the tea imported for their patrons.

We ordered a full pot. When it was delivered to our table, the teapot was cradled in a violet-patterned tea cozy (an extra treat, as violets are a particular favorite of mine). Our tea was piping hot throughout our entire meal. This sweet, creamy, milky liquid hit the spot. It was excellent and gave me high hopes for the rest of the meal.

Everything is homemade at Quiet Corner and, after glancing at the menu, I wanted to be sure to save room for dessert.

For my light lunch I chose the chicken salad on a croissant with the Soup of the Day - Pasta Meatball.

My friend chose the Quiche of the Day - spinach - and the soup of the day.

My croissant sandwich had bite-size chunks of tender chicken with an unexpectedly sweet tasting dressing. It reminded me of pickle juice.

My friend proclaimed that the thick slice of spinach quiche was “fabulous with lots of flavor, and nice flaky crust.” And that's a winning endorsement from my friend, who normally doesn't care for pie crust.

The pasta meatball soup was loaded with pasta, mini meatballs, peas, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes and beans. The soup was a bit peppery, but wasn't sharply seasoned.

For dessert, I chose the peach pie a la mode. Like the quiche, the crust was tender and flaky. I was glad I had the ice cream on the pie. It was very sweet, but delicious.

The bread pudding my friend ordered was wonderful, made with homemade white bread, raisins, caramel and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The mixture had a good consistency and bread-to-custard ratio was perfect.

We ate every crumb of our desserts.

After your meal, you may want to visit the Quiet Corner gift shop, where you can buy your own tea cozy from among many different patterns.

Just be sure to bring cash, since they do not accept credit or debit cards.

Quiet Corner proved to be peaceful and restorative - the perfect place to relax and recharge.

lweston@news-sentinel.com


This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Laura Weston-Elchert at lweston@news-sentinel.com, or call her at 461-8468.


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