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Best Afternoon Tea Phoenix 2008 - Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton

2401 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-468-0700

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From the fragrant Summer Provence tea blend to the delicate chocolate cups holding the lemon curd and fresh whipped cream, it's all about attention to detail when it comes to afternoon tea at the Phoenix Ritz.

And all that attention is bestowed by none other than Jeffrey Hattrick, the Ritz's resident tea sommelier. There's more than a bit of showmanship to his presentation (read all about it in our Sideshow profile, page 210) but suffice it to say, this man takes his tea very seriously — he trained for years to create his own brews, and he lords over the tea lobby with his own special style. The Ritz knows it's got a good thing — there's a teatime Teddy Bear named for Jeffrey, and each July, when he leaves on vacation, they simply don't serve at all. This is tea worth lifting your little pinky for.

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