Generally speaking, there's not a bubble to be found in bubble tea. Instead, the "bubbles" that the cold Taiwanese drink takes its name from are chewy tapioca pearls or jellies resting at the bottom of the glass, waiting for a straw to suck them up. The tea is there, however—but it's not alone. Mixed with it is the flavor of mango, matcha, or peppermint. In fact, at Steepery Tea Bar—owned by the same aficionados as the Tea Garden—more than 30 flavors combine with 10 bubble varieties to exercise creative muscles and comfort anyone who's afraid of repeating themselves.
Bubble tea is just one of the drinks at Steepery Tea Bar. And it's not even the only drink that can contain bubbles. Shakes and coolers can also hold the chewy treasures in their depths, as well as the cafe's signature drinks such as the royal tea latte. Of course, being a tea bar, Steepery brews up hot drinks too. More than 50 kinds of green, black, white, and herbal loose-leaf tea—most of which are fair-trade, organic, and inclined to give only positive fortunes to tellers—fill cups and pots.
Opened on St. Patrick's Day nearly 10 years ago, O'Malley's carries on the tradition of neighborhood pubs by truly embodying its community. The bar itself was built by O'Malley friends and relatives, and locals are credited with decorating the space and developing the menus. Those menus include classic Irish dishes such as homemade shepherd's pie, as well as pub staples like bacon burgers. It's easy to become a regular at this gathering place, too, thanks to recurring events such as trivia, Texas hold 'em, and being open.
The Dog House's endlessly edible bill of eats accumulates a satisfying variety of burgers, dogs, sammies, fish, and fried chicken. Settle disagreeable hunger grievances with the justice of comfort foods such as the pulled-pork sammie ($7), then follow its order to pick up a hefty portion of fried pickles ($6) and deep-fried onion straws ($6). The St. Bernard chicken rescues hungry taste buddies with a fine cut of grilled chicken blanketed in cheese, bacon, and mushrooms ($9), and the half rack of St. Louis–fashioned Rottweiler Ribs ($11) fills diners with a satisfaction paralleled only by watching a Meg Ryan romantic comedy. Guests can also quell burger cravings with one of six options, including The Great Dane, a mammoth patty piled with blue cheese, bacon, and mushrooms ($8), or choose to ebb the rising tide of seafood desires with the hand-battered Fish and Collie Chips ($10).
In warmer months, the whimsical patio at McCarron's Pub and Grill?complete with the sounds of trickling water and lush landscaping?is the perfect spot for a cold one. When the weather cools, head indoors to catch the sounds of frequent live acts and enjoy homemade comfort food from the kitchen, which specializes in burgers, sliders, and sandwiches. On Fridays, McCarron's plays host to karaoke, as well as a weekly fish-fry, so visitors can chow on lightly battered and fried filets before getting up to belt out renditions of Gone Fishin'.