Kung Fu Cowboy, ABQ: funky little tea house in the heights
I recently happened to stumble on this little tea house at Candelaria and Eubank, in the same shopping center as Duke City Donuts. Seems to be an oddly well-kept secret: despite having been open for five years I asked a few friends who work two minutes away and they'd never heard of it.
Regardless of its low profile, Kung Fu Cowboy is a nifty spot. Digs are nothing fancy, just a strip mall setting with counter service, two small rooms of tables, and a whole bunch of board games to play during your visit. I didn't try the food, but it all looked perfectly decent, a nice array of relatively basic sandwiches, salads, and the like, some with slight twists (Oolong tea roasted chicken in the chicken salad).
But the real draw here is the large and interesting assortment of teas from around the world. Nice selection of about 50 teas, not too pricy for the apparent quality. I had a fantastic made-to-order jasmine iced tea, served in a one liter mason jar, for about 4 bucks. Of course they have hot tea, and they also do boba teas, tea smoothies, etc.
The board games seemed to attract a slightly odd collection of people. They were perfectly friendly, but some tended a little toward the "adults obsessed with RPGs" set. That said it didn't get in the way of my sitting off to one side and reading a book. They also have free Wi-Fi, so not a bad place to bring a laptop or tablet.
Cool little spot with great tea, I'm excited to have found a new place to hang out when I'm in ABQ.