Sweet on Tea – Part II


If you read “Sweet on Tea – Part I,” I hope you’ve found sweet success in creating your own perfect batch at home. I know I learned a lot from some of you and the tips you passed along – thanks!


Now we all know how to attempt to make it at home but what if you’re out and about, and get a hankerin’ for some of that divine “wine of the south?” (Can you name that movie?) Sometimes you may find yourself out of luck on the other side of town from your favorite sweet tea spot. What’s a gal to do?

After searching high and low, I now know the best places to find the good stuff, and have my local sources mapped out. I’ve certainly been known to migrate to particular restaurants for the quality of their tea. Some places might surprise you. For some reason, many of my favorites are ethnic restaurants (mexican, asian…) while many local “southern” eateries can offer grossly under par versions. How can it be? It’s a mystery…

Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to attempt to compile a resource for iced tea lovers everywhere to be able find the best spots to get a fix. So here we go. Please only recommendations, no restaurant bashing here – thanks!

Here are just a few of my favorites (there are many around here):

McAllisters – Greenville and other SC locations

Cantinflas – Main Street, downtown Greenville, SC

Atami Hibachi Grill – Easley, SC

Where are your favorite sweet iced tea joints?
(Share the establishment, city and state.)

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    Linda says

    McDonalds! It’s on the dollar menu and a small fry to go with it is a cheap treat for a long day. I also like McAllisters too. I believe I spelled it wrong on FB. oops! ; )

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    Angie says

    I am a fan of Mickey D’s sweet tea-LOVE the enormous cup! (any location)
    and I usually drink several glasses at Cracker Barrell (Easley, SC)

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    Cindy says

    Remember talking about worshipping at that ever sweet altar? Several years back we lived in St.Louis for awhile and always looked at the waiters in profound disbelief when they answered our “Do you have sweet tea?” with “sure we do…the sugars on the table!” Well I’ve been visiting my sweet family in St.Louis this week and you can imagine my need for that good ol’ Southern Wine! (Not because I’m visiting family but because I’m thirsty!) Thank goodness the McDonalds near my son’s house started serving it last year and to my delight I noticed a new McAllister’s close by too! Now how perfect is that? My trips to St.Louis will be even sweeter now!

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    Denise says

    I like Mickey D’s, Chic-fil-A, McAlisters…always 1/2 sweet 1/2 unsweet w/lemon. When in Charleston, SC…Jestine’s Kitchen on Wentworth St….they call it “Table Wine”…heavenly!!!

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    Amy says

    I am not a huge SWEET TEA fan unless I make it. I loved my grandmother’s and have very fond memories of her tea. The only place I order sweet tea when I go out to eat is at Happy China on Augusta Rd. SWEEEEEEEEEET TEA!! That is the way I like it.

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    Jennifer says

    I am confessing to being one of the “Tea Addicts” Amy has mentioned. I don’t drink coffee and must have my half and half tea or unsweetened tea daily. It keeps me happy. I also live close to town and frequently get a tea when out and about. Some of my favorite places are: Atami in Easley SC, McAlisters any where, mostPaneras, Chic-fil-a on Haywood Rd. in Greenille, SC and in Commerce, GA. This summer I have been frequently going to McDonalds in Easley because they have dollar drinks. The tea has been very good too. Love me some tea!

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    Cindy says

    Picked up some sushi from our favorite Joy of Tokyo on Augusta Road in Greenville,SC and had some tea while there. It definitely makes the list of best spots to get a fix!

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    Mickie McGee says

    Zaxby’s has it over all other chains as far as sweet tea goes! And with their fine crushed ice, it is positively de-lish!!

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    Where ever you get it it must have lots of lemon! I don’t particularly like the restaurant food at Silver Bay in Greenville but LOVE their sweet tea with lotsa’ lemon. Can’t beat it.

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    Lauren says

    McAllisters Deli Sweet tea is my favorite by far! Have you ever been to Justine’s in downtown Charleston? Second best. along with some amazing food!

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