The owners of Tea Rex have a serious obsession with boba. Before they opened up shop, they used to drive an hour each way?or crabwalk 18 hours each way?to satisfy their craving for a drink laden with the chewy tapioca pearls. But the fruit of their long journeys was often inconsistent. Thus, Tea Rex was born. Today, the shop offers seven different types of beverages, such as milk tea, smoothies, and Vietnamese-style iced coffee packed with regular or popping boba.
June Bug Skin Care’s skilled aesthetican Heidi Schulte soothes countenances with deep-clensing facials administered in a recently remodeled spa space. During each 60-minute session, Heidi whisks away dirt with exfoliating Image Skincare products. After hands massage away tension and stress from the neck and shoulders, June Bug’s revitalizing mask and nutrient-packed moisturzier lock in hydration and improve skin tone. Post-treatment, skin glows with an even texture, leaving a youthful exterior that's as smooth and moist as Mount Rushmore on a rainy day.
Encorecake's bakers turn dessert into an art form. In a kitchen filled with the smells of fresh baked treats, they craft colorful cakes and cupcakes covered in fluffy frosting, in unusual flavors ranging from green tea and s'mores to jellybean and German chocolate. Ovens churn out French macaroons and warm cookies each morning, perfect for pairing with their freshly grounded coffee or Thai tea with boba. Customers can also request made-to-order 8-inch cakes layered with buttercream or chocolate, commission a customized multi-tier cake for a wedding, or project a hologram request for a 3D cake for a birthday celebration.
The Village Cafe takes ?the most important meal of the day? seriously: inside the welcoming restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast fare such as pepper-jack and chorizo omelets, croissant breakfast sandwiches, and hand-battered French toast with an optional garnish of seasonal berries. But it takes lunch just as seriously?try their BLT, build your own giant one-pound cheeseburger, or enjoy their take on the Monte Cristo sandwich, which comes with battered bread, ham, cheese, and a swordfight. Feel free to kick up your feet and stay a while?there?s free WiFi here and a TV.
The owners of Honeyberry derive a sense of pride from their local-mindedness; it's why they plaster their café's walls with illustrations of Berkeley life, and infuse each of their creations with locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also supply the community with tried-and-true local favorites, from frozen yogurt topped with chopped fruits and candies to crispy golden waffles. Despite all of the boosterism, the café's menu also has its international corners; gelato, bubble tea, and freshly baked roti buns all draw upon culinary traditions from far-flung cultures. These elements combine to create an experience that's both familiar and novel, like returning to your childhood home to find that it's been converted into a paintball arena.
The biggest secret at Sushi Secrets is no secret at all: The chefs have transformed all of the sushi rolls into sushi burritos?called sushirittos. Oversized rice-lined seaweed sheets serve as the wrap, and ingredients range from typical tuna, salmon, and cream cheese combinations to more diverse choices such as house-marinated purple Peruvian potatoes, sweetcorn, lotus chips, and shaved cabbage. Guests can order a preselected ingredient combination from the chefs, or walk along the buffet area and build their own sushiritto. A corner of the eatery provides patrons with comfy couches and a table to play such games as Jenga and touch football.