British bite

Dandelion and Burdock, Touch of Britain

Illustration by TK

Out of curiosity or nostalgia, I’m sure you’ll end up at Touch of Britain for tea time or tasty, traditional chicken curry. Be sure to try Ben Shaws Dandelion and Burdock ($2.50), one of Britain’s most enduring century-old soda flavors. Once brewed as a light mead in the Middle Ages, thought to have health benefits and later delivered by Ben Shaw himself via horse and cart, today’s soda is slightly sweet and heavy on licorice flavor, like root beer but with a satisfyingly bitter bite. Try over crushed ice, with a squeeze of citrus for a truly authentic British trip down memory lane. 5712 Watt Ave.,