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.
Tin Cup quiets vociferous stomachs with a multifaceted menu of regional pub favorites and classic ale absorbers. Embark on a masticatory celebration with an appetizer such as Tin Cup wings ($6.95), or jump straight to a burger-esque Juicy Lucy—the Minnesota specialty whose core of dripping cheese and other ingredients is enveloped in flame-licked beef and partnered with toppings such as caramelized onions, a fried egg, and hot sauce ($8.99). Other hunger-halting hand-helds include margherita flatbread pizza ($4.95) and the stately Governor sandwich, which takes a break from signing meaty bills into law to quell appetites with a combination of USDA choice steak, american cheese, onions, a fried egg, and Texas Pete's hot sauce ($8.99). A breakfast menu dispels early-morning mouth boredom on weekends.
The bustle of patrons and the action of vintage video games fill Chatterbox Pub, echoing against walls checkered with old paintings. Customers nestled atop overstuffed couches train their eyes on flickering screens filled with Atari, Nintendo, and Sega Genesis video game characters or board game pieces from Yahtzee or Connect Four.
Based on this casual, laid-back atmosphere, it might surprise guests to open the menu, which lists neither standard greasy pub fare nor a detailed treasure map to a VHS copy of The Road to El Dorado. Instead, its pages boast a wide range of artisanal pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and steaks, along with a lengthy list of homemade desserts. Meals pair with pints of the pub?s own microbrewed draft beers, wines, and a wide range of specialty cocktails that wet whistles during sporting events, karaoke, open mics, and bingo competitions held throughout the week. It's no wonder that readers of City Pages voted Chatterbox Pub the Best Restaurant for a First Date.
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Chorizo, chihuahua cheese, lemongrass, and bamboo shoots are equally at home in Se?or Wong?s kitchen, where the executive chef fills the menu with Asian Mexican fusion plates. Tacos topped with barbacoa or smoky black beans join entrees such as szechwan steak stir-fry served with jasmine rice. Se?or Wong also pairs more traditional bar bites, such as what the Star Tribune thinks ?might be the best sweet potato fries in town,? with 18 draft craft beers from breweries such as Surly Brewing Co. and Summit Brewing Company. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Weekly special events such as trivia and karaoke further foster the laid-back pub vibe, as patrons can sample sakes or sing lullabies to the Paloma En Fuego cocktail, which mixes Hornitos Reposado tequila, serrano pepper, grapefruit soda, hopped grapefruit bitters, limeade, and smoked salt rim. Friday and Saturday nights also feature live music from various local musicians.