Friday Feature: Tea Bar
Taro boba. It’s one of my all time favorite drinks. Honestly, I shouldn’t like it. I’m not traditionally a sweet drink type of person. Sweetened ice tea? Ewww. Lemonade? I’ll pass. Gatorade? No thank you! But offer me a taro boba or bubble tea as it’s often called, and I’m silly putty in your hands.
While I’ve sampled many bobas in Salt Lake City and West Valley, I have consistently come back to Tea Bar. Yes, the bobas are sweet. Some may think overly sweet. But Tea Bar has managed to balance the sweetness with other standout flavorings, including taro, almond, Thai tea, matcha, coffee, and many more. Just remember, you’ve been warned: Your boba will be sweet. It’s the name of the boba game.
I also like their actual boba -the tapioca, black gooey pearls that float around your tea. They’re soft but still have a bit of chew. And even though they don’t add much flavor, they’re a novelty that I strangely enjoy. If floating, black boba pearls aren’t your thing, you can order your bubble tea without them. Ian, my husband, usually opts to have his tea boba free.
What Ian always, I repeat always, gets is an order of the boiled wontons. Imagine really tasty potstickers (but not as doughy) topped with a slightly spicy chili sauce and a sprinkling of scallions. Even though Ian is usually very good at sharing his food, these boiled wontons are off limits. Don’t get me wrong, he will share, but very begrudgingly. I’ve learned if I’m hungry for a wonton or two, I need to get my own order.
I haven’t sampled much of their menu because the wontons are so good, but the popcorn chicken (small fried chicken bites) are quite tasty. They’re on the verge of being too salty, but still tasty. They offer a lot of other options including Hainan chicken, Taiwanese sausage, sponge cake, and green onion pancakes, all of which I want to try one day.
As long as you don’t go when they’re slammed, the service is usually pretty quick. You order at the counter, so you don’t have to wait for a server, which can be nice for a fast, casual meal. It’s also very clean, which is obviously a huge bonus in my book.
If you have yet to jump on the boba train or want to sample some killer wontons, stop by Tea Bar and give it a try yourself. Most likely you’ll be going back for more later.
1201 Wilmington Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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