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Where to find the best Bubble Tea

sox_foodie Oct 2, 2008 01:56 PM

Maybe a better question is where can you get bubble tea?

Unlike L.A. and NY, we don't have bubble tea at every street corner. Where can you get bubble tea and where's the best?

I'm especially looking for the BEST bubble tea in Chinatown proper and any good bubble tea out in the 'burbs. I like the Tea Stop in Harvard Square and am usually happy with Lollicup in Allston. I've yet to find a great place in Chinatown proper. I'm looking to try Bubblicious (sp?) in Newton soon. Any hope for good bubble tea farther north and west?

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    hargau Oct 2, 2008 02:59 PM

    For northwest i get them at Pho88 in Lowell.
    In Chinatown i like the cafe under china pearl on tyler st.

    1. SaraASR Oct 2, 2008 07:41 PM

      The place that was in the foodcourt was the best... I like the Rainbow Cafe and the place next to the Maxim Bakery (it's a little Vietnamese place). Make sure they use fresh fruit! HATE powders.

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        taterjane Oct 2, 2008 08:00 PM

        I loved the food and the owners at Bobalicious...but NOT the bubble tea. It was very slushy and I think I saw them putting ice cream in it also, which didn't seem to be something I'd had in a bubble tea before. Maybe they have different kinds and I somehow ordered the wrong one? It just seemed very different in taste and texture from Lollicup, and Bobalicious didn't have red bean, either. :( They said they couldn't get enough people ordering it to make it worthwhile.

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          fragolino Oct 2, 2008 09:57 PM

          Try Infusions in Allston. To be honest, I liked the place more when it was run by its previous owner, but the current incarnation is still pretty good.

          Infusions Tea Spa
          110 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 2, 2008 10:50 PM

            Yeah, I'll take a bubble tea at Infusions over the bubble tea at Lollicup anyday: actually tastes like tea, for one thing.

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            oneeyejack Oct 2, 2008 10:54 PM

            the best place in chinatown is called dong khang. it's a vietnamese place right next to hong kong eatery and they use FRESH fruit!

            address is 81 harrison ave boston, ma

            1. pamalamb Oct 3, 2008 06:06 AM

              I like Tapicha in the Porter Exchange. It's just a little stand near the back of the building.

              1. kobuta Oct 3, 2008 06:15 AM

                I'm a bubble tea purist, in that I like it to be tea, and not the new fangled flavors they have now. I'm not a fan of Lollicup - usually way too sweet and fake tasting and is passable only when you have a craving. I agree with a lot of the recommendations on this board. For classic milk tea, I think Dong Khang, what used to be Best Cafe, and BaoBao bakery do good versions. If you want an authentic tea taste with more unusual flavors, I like Infusions (with an excellent milk tea flavor as well) too. Infusions offered one of the best lychee tea flavored bubble teas I've had.

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