Friday, October 21, 2005

Tapioca House & Boba Tea

Bubble tea still hasn’t hit Dallas, but if you live 15 miles N, you're lookin at 2 new bubbleterias TK in Nov: 1. Boba Tea, next to (and from the owners of) new sushi spot Café Japon 2. Tapioca House, in the Asian shopp ctr on Greenville in richardson. Boba Tea focuses primarily on drinks. Tapioca House, a raved-about chain outa Houston w/ a branch in Austin, does more: smoothies + Taiwanese meals & snacks. Stating the obvious: Bubble drinks, which for at least 5 yrs have been called "the next Starbucks", originated in Taiwan 20 yrs ago and are made w/ tea, coffee, or fruit drink, ice, & chewy tapioca balls aka pearls aka bubbles. That strip of Greenville is bubble heaven, w/ Boba Latte @ Greenville & Main and some old-school places whose names I can't recall

Tapioca House 400 N. Greenville Ave. richardson 972-437-3065
Boba Tea 4933 Belt Line Rd. addison no # yet


15 Comments:

At October 21, 2005 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get Boba Tea in Dallas at Tempest Tea (lovers @ inwood).

 
At October 21, 2005 2:15 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

There's been a place called Fat Straws Bubble Tea in west Plano (on Park between Plano Pkwy and Midway) for about five years. My kids used to love it, but even they find the little tapioca "bobas" too sweet now.

To me, there's nothing quite like getting brain freeze while mushing hypersweet "fish eyes" around in my mouth to make me know I don't have to come back for more.

 
At October 21, 2005 2:24 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Check out that bottle action, man. I have some mad skills! I did all my own stunts for this one. This is when the bitches really started rolling in for me. Not just the little girls that I got in Top Gun, but the high-class bitches.

 
At October 21, 2005 2:57 PM, Anonymous tg said...

hey kirk, fat straws, right on. altho in plano, i might like java & cha (coit & park) better. there's a few bubble tea places up this way. but thanks to anonymous for mentioning tempest, i'd forgotten they were doing bubble tea.

kirk, yr description of bubble tea cracked me up. i'm not one for gender stereotypes, but i've noted that bubble tea has more of a chick following in the caucasian world. the fellas i've dragged to bubble tea places don't dig it too much.

 
At October 21, 2005 3:00 PM, Anonymous tg said...

p.s. i meant to include this amazing link!

 
At October 21, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Chicks dig sucking gooey stuff through straws.

 
At October 21, 2005 3:01 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Tom, don't forget about Kate. She's carrying your artificially-inseminated sperm!

 
At October 21, 2005 3:04 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Who?

 
At October 21, 2005 3:41 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Java & Cha is a very good place for tea -- one of the few that I've found in the area make tea the "right" (i.e., Chinese) way.

Although I've never tried one, I have it on good authority that J&C's green tea frappu-tea-no thing is very good, too

 
At October 21, 2005 11:21 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

T.G., despite the idiotic comments of "Tom Cruise," you make an interesting point about this kind of thing appealing to women rather than men. I think you might be right.

 
At October 22, 2005 11:06 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

Tom,
Don't you think "Boba Tea" would make a good name for your offspring?

 
At October 23, 2005 10:42 AM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

C'mere clairevoyant, you've just won a crazy straw.

 
At October 24, 2005 11:08 AM, Blogger Claire! said...

I don't get those "bobas". They make my tummy hurt and they are icky. Don't get me wrong - I love all things gummy (bears, worms, you name it), but those things are just gross.

 
At November 27, 2005 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kirk, I have to disagree with you. Java and Cha's bobas are way too hard. I went to tempest per your recommendation and I think that was the worst bubble tea I've ever had. The bobas were like over a day old. They weren't even black anymore..more like a pale brown color. They do have great tea though. I still think Fat Straws makes the best bubble tea around. I've had it in LA and this is the only place that does it like they do in LA. Fat Straws Rocks!!!

 
At January 09, 2006 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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