If Noodles @ Boba Tea House’s dining room strikes visitors as welcoming and familial, the reason may be that the Vietnamese restaurant’s owners share more than a dedication to fine boba teas—all three of them are sisters. Since opening in 2007, Holly, Nga, and Kim Vu have merged steamy Vietnamese dishes with milky teas in a casual, laid-back setting.
Bowls of the restaurant’s signature pho—a Vietnamese noodle soup with French and Chinese roots—line tables alongside goi chun spring rolls filled with charbroiled chicken, imitation crab sticks, and fragrant cherry blossoms. Piles of rice share plates with marinated pork chops, beef, and cornish hen, and chopsticks spar for sushi rolls that reflect the restaurant’s pan-Asian influences. Straws fish for treasure in boba teas, whose watermelon-, papaya-, and green-jasmine-flavored waters brim with chewy pearls of tapioca.