Bubble tea has steadily been getting more and more widespread in the US, thanks in part to Asian take-0ut joints adding it to their drink menu. I’ve been to standalone joints, cafés, restaurants, and even bakeries that offered beverages with boba–tapioca pearls. The addictive nature of these soft squishy balls cannot be denied. CANNOT. BE. DENIED.
The best bubble tea I’ve had doesn’t actually come from a place known for its Asian population–sorry, Seattle/NYC/Northern Virginia, but Richmond wins with the TT Lounge.
This little joint offers both boba and non-boba varieties of milk tea, hot tea, and slush in flavors ranging from typical American (strawberry banana) to the kind found at Asian restaurants (taro, red bean). Some people may scoff at my claim of ‘best boba tea’ since the fruit flavors aren’t made with the actual fruit (like in a smoothie), but after having tried a bubble tea made with actual taro root, I stand by the TT Lounge. It helps that their boba has been perfectly soft and squishy with just enough give each and every time I’ve visited.
And hey, it lives up to the ‘lounge’ part of its namesake, since it offers enough sitting space to hang out.
Kat: I don’t know any other place to get bubble tea that combines quality, consistency, and ambiance. The bubbles are never grainy and always have just the right texture. And the location is a pleasant hang out spot. The person at the counter is welcoming and there is room to wait or sip your tea at tables by the large windows. TT Lounge, I wish you were in DC.