In the days before baguettes were popularized as day-old jousting batons, the dignified breadform was utilized as a sandwich vessel. To preserve the antiquity of the baguette, the friendly bakers at Cocola fetch them straight from the oven on a daily basis and build graspable sandwiches of the highest quality, such as the albacore tuna nicoise (with a lemon vinaigrette, $9.90) and the hearty grilled eggplant (with fresh veggies, mozzarella, and an olive oil and balsamic blend, $9.90). A sandwich is an intelligent way to get the hunger ball rolling down the hill until it crashes into an array of sweet menu treats. Indulge in tri-colored mousse cups ($4.60) and whipped and stacked hazelnut cakes ($4.60), or nourish your petite palate with pear tarts ($2.80) or bite-sized tiramisu ($3.10).
Leland Tea Company offers custom-blended tea tins that guests can create themselves in store. First, choose a tea base. Add another tea or an herbal blend, then pick a canister size. Those three steps are all it takes. A loose leaf tea bar invites customers to explore and smell fragrant varieties, whether they want to craft their own blend or purchase one of
the shop's pre-blended favorites for afternoon cups or particularly decadent baths. The signature Tiffany's mix features black tea leaves from Sri Lanka and China, while offerings such as Blue Eyes unite flowers with sweet fruit. Still other teas promote
wellness; Argentinean Yerba mate, for instance, is renowned for its invigorating effects and healthful amino acids.
Should patrons wish to linger, they can relax over a steaming cup and a selection of handmade truffles, scones, and sandwiches in the tea room. The room also hosts regular special events
such as chocolate tastings and sets from live musicians.
At most drinking establishments, the interaction with the customer begins and ends at ordering, save for a question about adding a vague amount of milk or sugar. Not at Raging Boba—here, the drink makers ask guests to taste their bubble tea before being served and offer suggestions. This allows the shop to tweak each serving to a visitor's particular taste for sweetness, flavor, and straw thickness. This care extends to Raging Boba's snow ice, a Taiwanese fruit concoction topped with jellies and boba pearls.
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Be the best you can be to help others, and never stop improving." That's the philosophy at Just Juice It, which prides itself on quick service, healthy products, and an inviting atmosphere. In keeping with their commitment to well-being and high quality, the Just Juice It staff uses strictly all-natural, organic ingredients in each beverage.
Castro Street eatery Honeycreek serves up specialty desserts, traditional Taiwanese cuisine, cocktails, and tea in an elegant lounge setting. Seated in plush purple chairs, guests can savor specialties such as pork pot-stickers or Hainan-style noodle soup made with chilled, poached free-range chicken and aromatic spiced stock. There are more than 200 types of specialty drinks, including milk teas with bursting boba. Finish your meal with the house specialty, melt-in-your mouth shaved snow in flavors such as green tea or chocolate.
As its name would suggest, The Memory Tea has lounge areas designed to evoke a touch of nostalgia. On the pumpkin-colored walls, framed copies of comic books and shelves holding scale replicas of classic motorcycles tickle lovers of Americana. The cafe also has flat-screen television hooked up to a (modern) video game system. In cushy leather chairs, visitors can enjoy the cafe's milk tea, infused with boba pearls, or form fruit-flavored smoothies into a rainbow of existentially doomed snowmen.