(CBS SF) — Tapioca, that gooey, chewy, yummy, starchy, happy-feeling food has its own national holiday, June 28th, and there’s no better way to celebrate National Tapioca Day than with Boba Tea, Bubble Tea, or maybe you call it Pearl Milk Tea.
Cassava or manioc root is ground and processed to create the chewy starch, that is then pressed into tapioca balls, or boba, and dropped into your tea. The flavors, sizes, and textures are endless, and so are the fans of the Asian-infused drink.READ MORE: Oakland A's Silent on Negotiations With City Over New Stadium
Here are your top picks as chosen by readers from KPIX, KCBS, Alice @ 97.3, Live 105, and 99.7 [NOW!]:
1 Padre Parkway, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, Suite E
By far the top choice of our Facebook friends. It helps that they mentioned we were doing this story on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/tearexme
Traditional flavors, in addition to Mango, Lychee, and jellies like Green Apple and Kiwi, are just teh start. They’re open every day, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and by the looks of their Facebook and Instagram pages, this is worth the recommendations! Lots of variety, and great vibe!
As their site says, “Drink. Chew. Rawr.”
2250 Irving St, San Francisco, California CA 94122
Try their new honey strawberry boba!
Quickly Asian Fusion Cafe
1431-A Park Street, Cross street is Santa Clara Ave., Alameda:
Everyone on Facebook raved about these guys, citing the Alameda location, but they actually have shops all over the Bay Area.
Verde Tea Cafe:
• 19620 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, CA 95014
• 852 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
• 47954 Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539
With a description like this, it’s no surprise our Facebook crowd raved about a place.
VerdeTeaCafe.net: “Imagine a place that transports you beyond the pressures of the everyday hustle…where these cravings for unique and sometimes even exotic beverages are satisfied on a nearly personal basis… where the concept of a “coffee shop” has evolved to represent something far more meaningful and significant.”
Sounds like a great South Bay option!