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Tea Barrel Replaces Gingko House in Alhambra

Chandavkl Oct 22, 2012 02:27 PM

Boba, drinks, snacks, etc. Perhaps most notable for the fact that they're scraping the bottom of the barrel for names of these tea and drink places. 405 W. Main St.

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    jasongg06 Nov 16, 2012 09:20 AM

    I actually came here awhile back, saw it after leaving kosuke and had to try.

    I really liked the theme, but it's a bit too small and the tea was just ok.

    That location housed numerous tea houses/snack shops/etc that all eventually failed. I wonder how they will do being just another ok tasting tea house in an area where there is something just like them (or better) on the next block.

    Tea station is just a block away and they're always packed like sardines.

    Of course, I don't mind another tea house.. the problem is.. each teahouse that opens doesn't seem to offer anything significant over the other tea houses (not in taste, flavor, choices, etc) other than decor. (see muse).

    I'm actually begging for a new trend from asia, I wonder what that will be.

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      ilysla Nov 15, 2012 06:30 PM

      Talking about scraping the bottom.... Isn't there a tea place (literally) called "Whatever" (corner of Main/Valley and San Marino Valley/New near Mission 261).

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        Chandavkl Nov 15, 2012 09:22 PM

        My favorite was Leave Me Alone which used to be in Torrance.

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          Johnny L Nov 16, 2012 02:23 AM

          Yup pretty terrible name, not even funny to me.

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            jasongg06 Nov 16, 2012 09:22 AM

            Yup that's the name. It's on mission/main/las tunas.

            In the past, anything that was mediocre-average, would be labled as "whatever". So when I see the name, I automatically think it is just another tea house.. yawn

            Will report back when i do try it though.

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            dreamcast18 Oct 25, 2012 01:04 PM

            lol...love the pun.

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              Chandavkl Nov 15, 2012 06:02 PM

              Actually this is a theme restaurant. All of the tables are made from barrels sliced in half, some horizontally, some vertically.

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              Johnny L Oct 23, 2012 12:57 AM

              Another boba shop opens up, another day in the SGV.

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                Tripeler Oct 26, 2012 02:00 AM

                I'm waiting for a place named Hey Boba Rebab.

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