Teaway vs Wonderful Foods - Bubble tea in the Sunset [SF]
This evening I found myself in the Inner Sunset, and instead of going to my regular Wonderful Foods, I gave Teaway a try. I ordered a small green milk tea for $2.50, and got an empty cup. The boba/jellies/etc. are all self-service, sort of like at many frozen yogurt places. I chose large tapioca balls, and some passion fruit jelly - most of the self service items were fruit-flavored jellies (they had maybe 8 or so). Then they added ice and the green milk tea.
An advantage here is that you can choose how much tapioca you want...but the disadvantage is that the tapioca wasn't that great—I found it a bit too hard (probably not super fresh). The tea wasn't that great either, and I found myself wishing I had just stuck to Wonderful Foods, which I will probably do in the future. Wonderful Foods also uses real milk in their milk tea, and they mix the milk and the tea together when you order....at Teaway, the milk tea was pre-mixed, and I don't know if it was real milk or powdered.
I'm glad I gave this place a try, since the novelty was nice...and I think if you are someone who likes lots of different jellies in your drinks, it could be a good deal....but for regular bubble tea, I will be sticking with Wonderful Foods. Still my favorite bubble tea in the United States.