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Miss Rosemarie's Special Teas

5299 Valleydale Road, Inverness Corners
European-style tea salon and lunch restaurant. Antique tables, fresh flowers, custom-blended tea, homemade sandwiches, quiches and desserts. A 2006 City Scene review said, "Miss Rosemarie and her special teas are just delightful," and gave high marks to roasted garlic soup, apple and blue cheese quiche, lemon bars, chicken salad, egg alad, tuna salad with capers, pear and cream cheese tea sandwiches, espresso brownie, with the only complaint being that some of the portions could have been larger. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which says, "European elegance gets a dose of Southern charm in this quaint tearoom ... don't leave without trying the chicken salad on wheat." Now serving dinner on Thursday and Friday nights from 6-8 p.m., with items such as shrimp and grits, crab cakes, spinach-stuffed chicken breasts, chicken or crab crepes, Island chicken salad, and a steak special each week.

Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 10:03PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

Rosemaries is a wonderful place with a fine dining atmosphere. The tea is the best I've had anywhere and the custom blends they make are as good as they are imaginative. Their crab cakes are good enough to be served in a five star restaurant and the price is more than reasonable. The service is phenomenal with attention to your satisfaction being evident with each visit.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon

A most delightful surprise. The food and service were excellent. The staff was so friendly, it was like they had known you years but still polite and respectful of your needs and privacy. The dining room was like going to grandmother's. I had the daily special. The pork was fork tender, the breading was lightly herbed and delicious, and the sauce was excellent without detracting from the meat. The couscous was fluffy and well flavored. The occasion was a birthday lunch for my wife and she was so pleased. My wife had the Amy's Choice of the Day. She loved it. We shall definitely go back.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Smith

Don't WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME - mediocre food, blase' presentation, and one heck of a snooty "headmistress"!

We've been blessed to enjoy tea rooms all over the world, so we were excited when we discovered Miss Rosemarie's so close to home. After three attempts to dine here, however, our disappointment has turned to disgust.

On our first visit, we were served by an uninformed, open-toe sandal wearing waitress who forgot a course and overcharged us by $15. The atmosphere was very pretty but ruined by the snotty attitude of Miss Rosemarie, who apparently claims herself as the official tea expert to all Birmingham heathen. Sorry to inform you, Miss R, but B'ham isn't filled with hillbillies who need a degree in French-pressed raspberry tea.

The second visit was at the request of my grandmother for her birthday. The toe-baring waitress (isn't this against health code?) attended our table again, even more forgetful (and completely unapologetic) including serving my poor Grammy fully caffinated tea despite our pleas to ensure decaf for her heart condition. :( Miss Rosemarie was too busy educating customers at her tea bar to bother with us despite obvious issues at our table.

The last and final attempt to give Miss Rosemarie's our business was when I found myself in the area at lunchtime with both my mother and my five year old daughter. The menu looked inviting, the dining room was fairly sparse, and we decided the generational experience might be enough to create a positive impression at last.

Primed from the beauty salon, we entered in our ladylike finery with eager smiles. We were "greeted" by Miss Rosemarie, who haughtily looked down her nose at my silent little girl and informed us that they were not accepting children in the dining room. I had seen mother-daughter pairs on my previous visit and asked if this was a new policy. We were then informed that they were now closing for lunch.

We left, enjoyed a fantastic (and friendly) meal at Ginza down the road, and noticed Miss Rosemarie's was still quite open for business when we drove past on our way home.

Birmingham needs a lovely tea room, we really do. But not one with a snooty owner who believes her life mission is to educate country-folk about tea. Firstly, it's just tea. And honey, you are obviously forgetting that you're in the sweet tea capitol of the world - we can out-tea you any day of the week, not to mention we are sincere people of great intelligence and compassion, but with little patience for those who disdain us and especially our children. Thanks but no thanks, I will take my business and my family elsewhere.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli Scripps

I have been going to Miss Rosemarie's since it opened and it is my favorite restaurant. The service is excellant, being both friendly and professial. The food is delicious and the chef is creative. This restaurant is special and everyone in my family loves it whether old or young, male or female.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

We were not impressed at all. I have to wonder if some of the reviews here are legit. What married man describes couscous as fluffy? Anyway, Food was bland, overpriced and very small portions for the money. Service was decent and the bathroom was very pretty, but overall not worth the $$$$

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Wheaton

Very disappointing. Wish we'd read reviews before going. Poor service, small portions, big prices, bland food. Go to Chocolate Biscuit in T'ville instead, not perfect but better than this.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherri P.

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