Tea Time at Asterisk

I was born in the mid-80s and growing up, I collected mini-tea sets like these ones. Was that a thing for you? I feel like they were really popular, right? While I don’t love tea, I do love a good tea party (mostly for the mini-sandwiches). Lucky for me, I live just blocks away from a spot who has a tea party every afternoon, giving my sister and I the opportunity to re-live our childhood.

Asterisk, located in Uptown Westerville, has easily become one of my favorite spots to visit. Whether its for a quick drink (ball and chain is my favorite), group dinner (they have a long table running down the center) or my new favorite – tea time – they have yet to disappoint.

Throughout the years of prohibition, Westerville, Ohio was known for being the "Dry Capitol of the World."  In 1859, Westerville became one of the first American cities to prohibit the sale of alcohol.  In 1913, the Anti-Saloon League of America, headquartered in Westerville, held a convention in Columbus, Ohio to campaign against the consumption of alcohol.  With the support of John D. Rockefeller, and others like him, the League succeeded in drafting and implementing the 18th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, establishing prohibition.

Even though the 21st Amendment ended prohibition in 1933, Westerville remained dry until voters chose to end the dry spell in 2006.

Asterisk's owner, Megan Ada, wanted to pay tribute to this rich history when she was coming up with the concept for the restaurant.  What resulted was a throwback to when times were slower, and when friends and neighbors would gather around the supper table and enjoy a meal together.

From the floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with books to the antique chandeliers that run down the middle of the dinning room, when you first step foot in this place you immediately feel as though you are stepping back in time.  One of the first things you will notice as you walk through the front door is the beautiful, hand-carved Brunswick 1890 bar.  This bar is truly the heart of the restaurant, and a vital part of the throwback atmosphere.

Together with the atmosphere, the comfort food menu, and the classic cocktails, Asterisk has sought to leave it's "footnote" in the history that is Westerville, Ohio.

Their style is perfect. Warm. Welcoming. Vintage. Comfortable.

Don’t worry. Cobwebs are just for halloween! How gorgeous is their space!?

Obsessed with the chandeliers.

Love the vintage glassware and books.

Blurry pic, was trying not to bother the table close by! This table runs down the middle and while you can bring a large group, it’s also fun to sit with “strangers” who become friends!

We’ve been numerous times, but, most recently my sister and I went for afternoon tea. As I mentioned before, I am not a fan of tea, but, I am a huge fan of mini-sandwiches. Actually, anything mini will always catch my eye! Afternoon tea is available everyday from 12pm – 4pm. There are a few ways to go about it. You can choose petite tea, full tea or À la carte.

It’s actually a pretty great deal, especially if you’re splitting it between two people.

Once again, how gorgeous? I love the simple, yet elegant details on everything.

Now. Here comes my favorite part – the sandwiches.

You should probably do what we did and order all of the sandwiches!

blt – bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and cucumber – cucumber, cream cheese, dill

egg salad sandwich: pepper, radish sprout

strawberry: honey, cream cheese, raisin bread

their kitchen creates a wonderful selection of sweets daily.

brown sugar and cinnamon scone served with real clotted cream

lemon blueberry scone

We had such a lovely (and delicious) afternoon at Asterisk. If you’re looking for an afternoon out of the ordinary, I suggest checking out tea time! Plus, Uptown Westerville is quite beautiful and home to many hidden gems. The perfect area to explore after tea.

14 North State Street

Westerville, OH 43081


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