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Country Dove Tea Room

610 W. 3rd St., Elk City, OK - (580) 225-7028
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 11/4/2010 1:43:00 PM
When tea was first brewed some 5,000 years ago, chances are that it didn’t take long for hungry folks to munch on finger food with it, thus establishing the tea room. It’s a concept that has virtually been forgotten to present generations in America — or been replaced with the corporate coffee-centric model — but one need look no further than Historic Route 66 to uncover the slower things in life. Despite the number of retro eateries along the Mother Road, there are still plenty of old-timey establishments to be discovered. On our must-eat list while in Elk City was the French silk pie from the Country Dove Tea Room, and after perusing the specials, we decided to stay for lunch. Tea rooms are traditionally female-dominated, and the Country Dove was no different: the dining room was filled with mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, and lunching ladies. Chris was the only male in the place, but no one seemed to notice, especially during and after our customary food photo-snapping frenzy when the food arrived at our table.

Wanting the truest tea room experience, we ordered the creamy vegetable soup with a scoop of chicken salad. Heart-shaped toast came alongside, and the ultra-tender chicken was nearly pulverized and mixed with ample mayo. The chicken-avocado salad on a croissant was also quite tasty: the avocado was mixed in with the chicken instead of sliced and stacked on top. However, the most curious—and delicious—item was a thin square of lemon jello, blended with pears and cream cheese and perched on a bed of lettuce. The French silk pie was divine, of course: a light chocolate cream filling with real whipped cream and chocolate shavings, tucked into a homemade crust that seemed to have been molded out of crumbled pecan sandies. Real lemonade with a maraschino cherry and lemon slice capped a wonderful, sophisticated lunch.

The Country Dove is also a Christian gift shop, and we poked around afterward and spoke to the cashier about our meal. We told her that we especially loved the pie, so she went to the kitchen and brought out Glenna Hollis, owner and pie baker, who promised us that we could make her signature pie at home. “The recipe’s right here in our cookbook,” she said, picking up a copy to sell. We assured her that we could never duplicate such a delightful dessert and that we’d simply return for more. Sweetly, she took out a business card and signed the back for us: “Thanks for stopping by the Country Dove! Blessings, Glenna.” The Tea Room is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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French Silk Pie
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Luxurious, lascivious, and wickedly delicious, French silk pie is the best-known specialty of the house.
"Luxurious, lascivious, and wickedly delicious, French silk pie is the best-known specialty of the house."
Michael Stern





A 'Delite Plate' includes a sandwich, a cup nof soup, a muffin with honey butter, and Jell-O.
"A 'Delite Plate' includes a sandwich, a cup nof soup, a muffin with honey butter, and Jell-O."
Michael Stern


Chicken-avocado salad dates back to the beginning of the Country Dove Tea Room.
"Chicken-avocado salad dates back to the beginning of the Country Dove Tea Room."
Michael Stern


Jell-O salad is available as a side dish with the meal or, for 85 cents, as dessert.
"Jell-O salad is available as a side dish with the meal or, for 85 cents, as dessert."
Michael Stern


No need for fancy Wolf or Viking range here. Cooking at the Country Dove is done on this simple four-burner stove.
"No need for fancy Wolf or Viking range here. Cooking at the Country Dove is done on this simple four-burner stove."
Michael Stern


Of course, tea at the Country Dove Tea Room is served with style.
"Of course, tea at the Country Dove Tea Room is served with style."
Michael Stern


Co-owner Kay Farmer shows off everybody's favorite dessert: French Silk Pie.
"Co-owner Kay Farmer shows off everybody's favorite dessert: French Silk Pie."
Michael Stern


Just a short drive from the National Route 66 Museum, this charming little eatery serves lunch Monday through Saturday and is open for tea later in the afternoon.
"Just a short drive from the National Route 66 Museum, this charming little eatery serves lunch Monday through Saturday and is open for tea later in the afternoon."
Michael Stern


Water is presented in a pretty glass with a Flexi-Straw.
"Water is presented in a pretty glass with a Flexi-Straw."
Michael Stern


With a dab of honey butter, this muffin is quintessential ladies lunch fare.
"With a dab of honey butter, this muffin is quintessential ladies lunch fare."
Michael Stern


A cup of creamy vegetable soup is accompanied by these tea room delights: freshly made chicken salad, heart-shaped toast, and a square of tangy lemon jello.
"A cup of creamy vegetable soup is accompanied by these tea room delights: freshly made chicken salad, heart-shaped toast, and a square of tangy lemon jello."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This smooth chicken salad, spread on a flaky croissant, is made uniquely green by the addition of creamy avocados.
"This smooth chicken salad, spread on a flaky croissant, is made uniquely green by the addition of creamy avocados. "
Chris & Amy Ayers


This French silk pie is very light and creamy, poured into a crust that resembles crushed pecan sandies cookies.
"This French silk pie is very light and creamy, poured into a crust that resembles crushed pecan sandies cookies."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Fresh lemonade, complete with lemon slice, cherry, and bendy straw, caps the Country Dove experience.
"Fresh lemonade, complete with lemon slice, cherry, and bendy straw, caps the Country Dove experience."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The Country Dove is actually an old house, so you'll feel like you're eating in a friend's dining room.
"The Country Dove is actually an old house, so you'll feel like you're eating in a friend's dining room."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The Country Dove Gift Shop is open 9:00-5:30, but the Tea Room is only open for lunch from 11:00-2:00.
"The Country Dove Gift Shop is open 9:00-5:30, but the Tea Room is only open for lunch from 11:00-2:00."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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