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A post on Bubble tea got me thinking: Where is there GOOD bubble tea in Mpls/St. Paul area? Any tried and true?

cooknKate Jul 19, 2006 01:47 PM

There used to be a tiny little low budget place on Lexington, just off Larpentuer in St. Paul (across from Mavericks- the finest roast beef sandwich in the world) They had such good bubble tea and super cheap Asian style foods including Spring Rolls that blew my mind, but I predicted it would not last and of course, it closed leaving me wondering where really good bubble tea can be found.

Any suggestions, comments, ideas???

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  1. bob s RE: cooknKate Jul 19, 2006 03:03 PM

    The only bubble tea I've had is from The Tea Garden at the corner of 26th and Hennepin in Uptown. If I remember correctly, I usually get the mango latte bubble tea and it's delicious. But since it's the only bubble tea I've tried, I don't know if there's any better to be found in these parts.

    A person who claims to have a lot more experience than I in these matters says that The Tea Garden is the best that he or she has had in the Twin Cities. See below for ratings and other bubble tea outlets:


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      zataar RE: cooknKate Jul 19, 2006 07:08 PM

      We had great beverages at Penisula on Nicollet. The Malaysian Red Bean Freeze with small tapioca was very good. The food was enjoyable,too.

      1. AnneInMpls RE: cooknKate Jul 19, 2006 11:17 PM

        You can find bubble tea at most of the Asian restaurants on Eat Street (Nicollet) and on University Ave in St. Paul. There's even a place called, I think, Bubble Tea Cafe on Nicollet between 25th and 26th.

        I don't order bubble tea very often, because it's too sweet for me (unless I'm eating REALLY spicy food). But I remember liking the bubble tea from Quang and from Jasmine Deli.


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          AnneInMpls RE: AnneInMpls Jul 21, 2006 06:59 PM

          Correction - the place on Nicollet with "Bubble" in the name is Bubble Delite. With a name like that, how can you lose? It's just up the block from Pho 79.


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          St Paul Susie RE: cooknKate Jul 21, 2006 04:24 PM

          Too sweet for me - But a GREAT bubble tea place is on Grand in Saint Paul, near Wet Paint.

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            cooknKate RE: St Paul Susie Jul 24, 2006 01:10 AM

            Susie, how about a bit more information on where it is? I have no idea where Wet Paint is....

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            bugmenot3 RE: cooknKate Aug 29, 2006 04:34 PM

            There is also good bubble tea in the Midtown Global Market. The name of the place escapes me, but it is the large SE Asian/Chinese place. It is good, too. Best I've had this side of Chicago.

            Still not as good as the ones I got in Taiwan, but that may be nostalgia talkin'!

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              bugmenot3 RE: cooknKate Sep 1, 2006 05:43 PM

              Found one more place for those working downtown Minneapolis. It is a place called Freshens Frozen Treats. It is located on the skyway level of One Financial Plaza on fifth street and 2nd ave.

              It is next to the Starbucks and across from Turtle Bread Co.

              They are really sweet and not the best in town, but can help if you are craving a bubble tea during lunch.

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