Welcome back to another Wanderlust Wednesday post! If you’re new to my blog, this is a feature that I created to help with my wanderlust caused by my parents’ talk of going to Hawaii for their wedding anniversary. So far we’ve traveled to Paris to spend a night at Shakespeare & Co., cranked up the tunes on a playlist inspired by Emily Henry’s The Love that Split the World, traveled the world with Emily, and stayed the night in the Gryffindor Dormitory. Phew, we’ve been busy!
I had to take some time to recoup from my last trip (aka the blogging slump hit), so it’s been a little while since I wrote a Wanderlust Wednesday post. This week’s post is about literary-themed restaurants in the US. These all look and sound like a lot of fun, so I hope you’re hungry!
**Restaurant Names are linked to their website**
Alice’s Tea Cup | New York, NY
I want to call this a ‘little tea room’ but in reality it is so much more than that. There are three locations in Manhattan that bring Lewis Carroll’s whimsicality to life through mismatched china and colorful decorations. They offer breakfast an
d lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends, but if you’re in the mood for something lighter, scones with clotted cream are the house specialty. Each location is differentiated by chapter: Chapter I is the original location and has the largest store for you to buy things (scones and tea to-go, t-shirts, etc.), Chapter II is the largest and features tea-infused cocktails, and Chapter III is the ‘neighborhood’ location that’s great for events, custom cakes, and catering. Sounds like a very happy un-birthday indeed!
The Bard’s Town | Louisville, KY
Ok, so the story of how this guy came to be is pretty cool. Long story short, co-owner David Schutte wanted to marry his love for booze, food, theatre, and did I mentioned booze together in one big, bright idea. After a fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, he and two of his closest friends opened The Bard’s Town in 2009. The space houses both a theater and restaurant with a menu chock full of playwright puns such as Much Ado About Empanadas and Two Noble Crab Cakes. “Prologues” (or appetizers) include true-to-theme versions of your typical pub food, and all sandwiches are served with Merry Fries of Windsor. You can test your knowledge on trivia nights, or see what’s playing on stage since it’s home to a handful of local theater companies.
BookBar | Denver, CO
This is a bookstore, bar, and cafe all wrapped up into one space. The owner, Nicole Sullivan, wanted to create a space that encouraged people to read or meet and discuss literature while enjoying food and drink. She also believes that independent bookstores are important for authors, readers, and communities, so she wanted to come up with a self-sustaining model for an independent bookstore. Thus, the BookBar was born. The menu features tea, coffee, appetizers, wine, and much more (including a kids’ menu), all aptly named with literary allusions.
Pittypat’s Porch | Atlanta, GA
When Scarlett O’Hara arrives in Atlanta, Aunt Pittypat was one of the few people to show her any hospitality in Gone With The Wind. Pittypat’s Porch, in Atlanta, was inspired by that sense of hospitality, but the theme stretches further with menus printed on fans and Scarlett’s Peach Lemonade (“Scarlett’s favorite cocktail made from her secret recipe”). Modeled after antebellum architecture that evokes an atmosphere similar to an old plantation, a rocking chair lounge overlooks the dining room, in case you’d like to sip a julep while contemplating the restaurant’s selection of taxidermy.
Wilde Bar & Restaurant | Chicago, IL
The bar offers guests a variety of experiences through two Brunswick bars, comfortable leather booths where you can dine with friends and family, or a spot in their grand library where an over-sized portrait of Oscar Wilde is hung over the fireplace. Some of Wilde’s witty quips adorn the walls of a small library, where you can enjoy selections from the extensive beer list (although I’d recommend the champagne to stay true to Wilde 😉 ). The menu offers a variety of food ranging from burgers to lobster mac & cheese, with vegetarian and gluten-free menus available. On weekends, they serve brunch with a Wilde Mimosa (champagne and strawberry-infused vodka) with your standard brunch foods. (I’m probably going to be heading down there for brunch soon. That mimosa sounds amazing.)