Best Of 2012: Spot for a Spot of Tea
While copious and well-executed tea options snagged Montague's another win, it's impossible to ignore its numerous, and all-homemade, food selections. Take, for instance, one of its top sellers, the baked oatmeal. According to owner David McIntosh, the recipe basically comes out of his childhood. "I went to a two-room schoolhouse back in Kansas," he recalls, "and we had a local woman who was our cook. ... In the summertime, she worked for a camp and had to serve breakfast to 300 kids," he recalls. To feed them all, she'd cook this oatmeal remix, which would come out of the oven in loaves. McIntosh's cozy and eclectic parlor feels far from a cafeteria, adding to the homey vibe that, especially with a steaming pot of Earl Grey, makes Montague's a veteran Best Of winner. — Edie Adelstein
Yes, it's got comfy chairs, high-back antiques with the kind of charm that lends well to the cozy space, with people chatting over cute pots holding an array of fine teas. Enjoy them with stuffed French toast, turkey pot pie and/or large-enough-to-share pieces of cake.