November 19, 2014

Mary Ann's Tea Room serves up kitsch and eccentricity in the CWE

Mary Ann's Tea Room serves up kitsch and eccentricity for ladies who lunch -- the decor alone is a tipoff that this Central West End cafe doesn't take itself too seriously. Chef Ben Herbert's soups are alone worth the trip -- keep an eye out for the butternut squash when you come with Mom and crazy Aunt Myrtle. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg
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A half sandwich of roasted chicken with almonds, seedless grapes and tarragon crème fraîche alongside a butternut squash and pumpkin soup.
A half sandwich of roasted chicken with almonds, seedless grapes and tarragon crème fraîche alongside a butternut squash and pumpkin soup.
The entrance to the Central West End’s Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
The entrance to the Central West End’s Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
The Central West End’s Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
The Central West End’s Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
Mary Ann’s Tea Room, located on McPherson Avenue.
Mary Ann’s Tea Room, located on McPherson Avenue.
Outside Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
Outside Mary Ann’s Tea Room.
The tea room is located in the “greenhouse” behind (and through) Enchanted Embellishments.
The tea room is located in the “greenhouse” behind (and through) Enchanted Embellishments.
Cookies in the dessert case.
Cookies in the dessert case.
Dolls populate the interior.
Dolls populate the interior.
A nutcracker soldier.
A nutcracker soldier.
Mary Ann’s Tea Room is already dressed for the holidays.
Mary Ann’s Tea Room is already dressed for the holidays.