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Where to find Southern sweet tea - Maggies & Chick-fil-A

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I was in El Cerrito at Maggies gushing to one of the owners who is from Georgia about how much I loved his Southern sweet tea.

He says to me "Do you know where to get good sweet tea in the Bay Area?"

I reply glumly "Other than here, nowhere" ... When will I learn to shut up.

He says that a Southern chain in Fairfield has the real deal. I thought he said Bayfair Mall, but the only Chick-fil-A locations I'm turning up are in Fairfield and Sacramento.

I asked the question on the chain boards about the tea.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

A post on the Los Angeles board says the tea is the real deal too.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

The poster writes:

"My boyfriend moved here from ATL 2 years ago, and after trying all sorts of "sweet teas" from many different suggested places, he finally decided that the only place that made him feel like he was back home was good ole' Chick-fil-a."

There's a possibility that the biscuits and gravy might be good too. He and Maggie were going on about the biscuits and gravy at Dwarf House, Chick-fil-A's full-service sit-down restaurants in Atlanta. He hasn't tried the food at Chick-fil-A here, only the sweet tea.

BTW, 'fil-A' is pronounced 'filet'

Westfield Solano
1350 Travis Blvd.
Fairfield, CA 94533
707/427-3317

Updates on Maggies:

They will be spicing up their excellent boiled peanuts. If you never tried boiled peanuts (I never had before) these will make you a fan.

Maggies sells Lola's baked goods and Lola's has been on vacation for the last month. That turned out to be a good thing. Maggies was downgrading their baked goods slowly with half from Costco and the othe half from Lola's.

It turns out custmers kept asking "Where's the Lola's?"

So they are looking foward to the return of Lola's baked goods this week and ramping up to bring in some extra items.

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  1. Hmmm, I wonder if they use Luzianne (that was the tea brand that was everywhere in Atlanta when I was there for a month and a half many moons ago) and if they brew it the "Southern" way (i.e. take a few gallons of boiling water, add a huge package of sugar and the Luzianne tea, then stir it up and serve over ice)? The one time I saw sweet tea being made, my teeth hurt seeing the enormous amount of sugar that was added to it. But it tasted great!

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    1. re: Eugene Park

      Chick-fil-A or Maggies? I can always ask at Maggies.

      1. re: rworange

        Either. If I'm ever around a mall with a Chick-Fil-A, I'll inquire.

    2. Memphis Minnie's serves sweet tea.

      1. Can you tell me where in El Cerrito Maggies is, please? I can't find it in the phone book or yellow.com.

        Re sweet tea: when I lived in the South, those
        (Yankees)who couldn't step up to sweet tea often
        asked for "half and half." Many restaurants had two pitchers going, sweet and non-sweet, and would
        make up a glass with half of each in it.

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        1. re: mmontgo

          It's located on San Pablo Ave just north of Cutting Blvd -- across from El Cerrito Honda.

        2. Ahh, sweet tea! When I went to Lois the Pie Queen (Emeryville), a long while ago, I was surprised to find they had sweet tea.

          Someday I'd like to map the extent of the sweet tea zone. I know where the southern border is...