Roxx Electrocafe, located near the UC campus, boasts three 42-inch televisions and a massive 73-inch-wide screen that display heated bouts of digital competition across the café's spacious interior. Fourteen powerful gaming computers ($4/hour) enable activities such as cooperative robotic testing in the depths of Portal 2 or competitive right-clicking contests on the battlefields of League of Legends or Heroes of Newerth. Late-night hours yield to marathon console-gaming sessions of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Halo 3, and Rock Band ($4/hour)—all fueled by iced coffees ($2.50) and smoothies ($4), which ensure proper hydration and appropriate glottal lubrication. As the café's four Xbox 360s, four Wiis, and PlayStation 3 enchant eyes and coordinate drill teams of button-pressing thumbs, comfortable chairs and modern décor invite board games or study sessions.
The creative culinarians at Aquarius Star’s Om Café transform organic, local ingredients into savory salads, sandwiches, and wraps that pair perfectly with fair-trade coffee and tea. The menu offers meat-free munchers a slew of vegetarian and vegan options, including the shareable organic hummus and veggie plate ($8.75), Om’s grilled blackened-tofu wrap ($8.75), and the Om salad, topped with raw nuts and homemade lemon-garlic dressing ($9.75). Om Café's Double Decker turkey sandwich ($9.25) delights eco-conscious carnivores with its blend of free-range turkey, locally sourced veggies, and organic mustard, mayonnaise, or aioli.
Tea N Bowl offers guests two menus: one filled with authentic Chinese dishes and the other with Chinese-American favorites. Chefs use cumin, lemongrass, tamarind, and turmeric to craft the very Chinese dishes they eat at home, and turn to sweet and sour sauce and sesame seeds to build the meals often seen at Chinese restaurants in the U.S. Of course, you can request both menus, and bedeck the table with dishes that range from spicy pork intestine hot pot and squid with spiced salt to popular pad thai and orange chicken.
Meals can be paired with bubble tea?a specialty that earned the eatery a ?Best Bubble Tea? award from Cincinnati Magazine?s Best of the City 2011. The magazine described the tea to have ?pearls?soft on the outside with a sweet, chewy inside, making for a drink that?s fun to eat,? and added that the tea comes in ?nearly endless flavors and combinations?everything from vanilla milk tea to passion fruit slush to ginger hot tea.?