Tea Bar Cafe’s menu is stuffed with Asian-style cuisine and a large selection of boba teas, slushies, shaved ice, and other delicious treats. Fend off a malicious appetite with stinky tofu ($4.75)—the popular and odoriferous dish of fermented tofu—or a serving of fried squid balls ($4.25). Plenty of entrees are available to silence a belly button that won’t stop yapping, such as teppan pork ($6.99) or a fried chicken filet rice set served with black pepper and mushrooms ($6.99).
Though you can browse through the selection of cream puffs at the counter of Puffilicious, you can't pick the exact one you'll eat. That's because the rows of cream puffs are only for show. Instead of prebaking a supply in the morning, the chefs here make each puff fresh to order so that the flaky exterior is still warm?and the interior cool?when customers take their first bite. Chefs pipe cream puffs with a choice of flavorful custards, including vanilla, chocolate, green tea, yogurt, and taro, before decorating the tops with a smear of cream cheese, strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, almond, and nuts. These fillings and toppings can be mixed and matched for flavor combinations as unique as a fingerprint with a mohawk.
The produce smashers of Blend it Healthy specialize in juices and smoothies free of artificial sugars, processed ingredients, and canvas-painted still lifes of fruit. Patrons can devise custom blends, but many opt for the chef-designed concoctions. These are categorized into three types: light ice-blended drinks, such as the kiwi-orange Kiwige; natural smoothies, including the Pahple made of papaya, honeydew, and apple; and filling meal replacers, which feature a whole day's worth of fruits and vegetables.
Lollicup sates thirsts with a variety of tea, juice, and fruit drinks. Milk drinks include coconut, coffee, and honey milk teas, alongside caramel lattes; fruit teas include passion fruit, mango, or sour plum alongside slushes and smoothies. Customers can also enhance their drinks with fun add-ons such as boba, pudding, mango jelly, and aloe vera.
Bathed in sunlight pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, Boba Link Tea House's colorful interior is home to a menu of blended bubble tea smoothies, flavored ice milk, and tea-house style dim sum snacks. Sip on lychee green tea while testing chopstick dexterity on bowls of the Shanghai onion noodles, taking advantage of Boba Link's free WiFi to research the businesses' relation to the Boba Fett family tree.
Nearly 15 years ago, Lollicup Coffee & Tea founder Alan Yu helped introduce America to a drink popular in his native Taiwan: boba milk tea (a.k.a. bubble tea), named for the chewy tapioca balls known as boba that hang suspended in the beverage. These gummy treats make the drink something of a snack, too?people slurp them up using oversize straws, chewing them between sips or collecting them in their cheek pouches.
Lollicup's specialty is milk tea flavored with almond, jasmine, coconut, or other infusions, but boba can also be added to most of Lollicup's other colorful drinks, from grapefruit green tea to watermelon juice and signature soy pudding. There's food, too: shareable morsels of fried meats and veggies, or rice plates if a well-rounded meal is in order. Thanks to word of mouth and a spot on the Food Network's Unwrapped, Lollicup has expanded to dozens of locations across the country and has outposts opening soon in Europe and the Middle East.