“Delicacies off Campus” critiques meals close to Stanford’s campus. We think about what issues to varsity college students: How shut is the restaurant? How costly is the meals? And, most significantly, how tasty is it? We hope that will help you discover your subsequent favourite spot!
As longtime boba lovers, we all know what number of choices there are round Palo Alto/the Bay Space. Thus, we set out on a mission to create our magnum opus — a listing rating each boba store close to Stanford campus. We tried 13 boba locations and have ranked all of them into distinct tiers. Learn under to seek out out what our best choice was!
7. Coupa Cafe and Wild Berry Yogurt
Whereas Coupa Cafe actually beats every other boba cease in comfort of location, its restricted boba choices put it on the backside of our record. The menu, which presents three completely different choices for boba, makes it clear that espresso is their main product. The Chai Boba, whereas actually satisfactory, tastes extra like sugar than anything. Nonetheless, the comparatively low cost costs of a number of the objects on the menu — such because the medium Coupa Boba Tea ($4.90) — makes Coupa a good choice for satisfying a boba craving between courses.
Wild Berry Yogurt joins Coupa within the backside slot with a equally barebones boba menu. The Thai iced tea was nothing particular; it tasted prefer it was coming from a reasonably customary combine. The boba pearls themselves had been simply little bits of flavorless gummy within the tea.
Maybe going to a devoted boba store is well worth the journey to make sure prime tier high quality and selection in boba choices.
Coupa Cafe has a number of places on campus, and Wild Berry Yogurt is 2.1 miles away.
6. Kung Fu Tea and ChaChaGo
Kung Fu Tea and ChaChaGo have a number of redeeming qualities, however nonetheless in the end ship subpar boba just like the earlier tier. At Kung Fu Tea, we had been let down by the shortage of taste within the drinks. The Cocoa Cream Wow didn’t style particularly like cocoa or wow, and as an alternative felt like consuming a glass of milk. Then again, we had been very impressed with Kung Fu Tea’s scrumptious mochi donuts, although we’d not suggest their boba to anybody.
ChaChaGo is a tent which you could typically discover at campus occasions or in White Plaza, typically free of charge. That form of comfort is tough to beat. Nonetheless, a drink at ChaChaGo is usually heavy on the ice, with little or no tea. Their flavors are good, however their tapioca boba lacks texture. A few of their fruit teas are higher, although they are often on the sweeter facet. ChaChaGo is okay, however you get so little of only-alright tea, in the end making it a disappointment.
Kung Fu Tea is 2.7 miles away from Stanford, whereas ChaChaGo units up its tents on campus.
5. Tea it Up and Ume Tea
Good boba wants substance — not simply presentation. Sadly, ordering the boba at Tea it Up might be one thing like consuming the desserts on “Cake Boss”: they give the impression of being spectacular, however haven’t any taste. The drinks we tried — honeydew milk tea and the Lavender Love — had been stunning, however tasted like plain sugar water. The drinks at Ume Tea had been stricken by an identical lack of taste, in addition to troubling textural points with their boba pearls, which tasted nearly gritty. These drinks equally got here with nice presentation — cute cartoons and good colours adorning the cups — however alas, tasted like easy syrup.
Tea It Up is 3.4 miles away from campus whereas Ume Tea is simply 2.8 miles away.
4. Gong Cha and Teaspoon
A boba place with such a variety in high quality is likely to be high-quality if you happen to get the identical factor each time, however it’s particularly robust in case you are attempting to coordinate a bunch order or like shaking up your boba selections. Each Gong Cha and Teaspoon can ship prime tier boba, however they wrestle with consistency. Gong Cha has some good choices, although this really will depend on what you select to order. The taro boba was candy and flavorful, making it one of many higher taro teas we sampled for this record. Their Thai tea, then again, tasted watery. It wasn’t candy sufficient, and it didn’t have a powerful tea taste. Their teas additionally didn’t have sufficient boba pearls.
Teaspoon, too, suffers with inconsistent high quality. The strawberry matcha milk tea was nice, with tasty strawberry chunks. The taro tea and Thai tea, whereas actually not as flavorless as lots of the decrease choices on this record, each tasted watered down. In addition to this, ordering on Doordash doesn’t enable patrons the choice to pick their sugar ranges, which limits one’s management over the flavour. Much more disappointing are the Teaspoon boba pearls, that are too small and shouldn’t have sufficient taste on their very own.
Gong Cha is 2.8 miles from Stanford, and Teaspoon is 4.5 miles.
3. Boba Bliss, Mr. Solar Tea and Blissful Lemon
Boba retailers at this tier are strong selections, just under the true blowout locales. Boba Bliss is fairly removed from campus -— nearly a full 5 miles — however its teas are glorious. They really feel hearty with actual depth of taste. Their menu could also be a bit restricted, however their specialty drinks are artistic, and their boba pearls are completely chewy.
Mr. Solar Tea presents fantastic boba, although the menu itself is complicated to navigate and presents a really restricted variety of non-caffeinated choices, making it a lower than very best alternative for late evening boba runs. That stated, the drinks themselves are nice. The boba pearls have good consistency, although they’re unusually small, and are available a beneficiant amount per drink. The caramel milk tea had a powerful and flavorful caramel taste, although the bitterness of the tea nonetheless got here via. Their strawberry milk tea was equally satisfying, with a beautiful fruity style.
The tea at Blissful Lemon is scrumptious as nicely. The drinks provided an incredible ratio of boba pearls to tea, leaving simply sufficient pearls left on the finish. The taro ube tea was each flavorful and candy, and the feel from the taro and ube gave the drink an ideal quantity of grit. Their mango drink was an identical hit, with a pleasant fruity taste and attractive mango chunks. Going to any of those boba retailers is bound to go away you glad along with your order.
Boba Bliss and Blissful Lemon are each a few of our farthest places, at 6.6 miles and seven.8 miles away respectively. Mr. Solar Tea is just 2.8 miles away.
2. Boba Guys
Boba Guys doesn’t ship good boba; it delivers superior boba. The strawberry matcha latte is Boba Guys’ signature drink for a motive. With a satisfying stability of candy and savory, the drink is flavorful and dynamic. The standard of elements is obvious, with little bits of strawberry making their means up the straw for a yummy deal with.
The ube latte is astoundingly scrumptious. The cream mixes completely into the drink, which is abounding with taste and satisfyingly candy. The boba pearls themselves are glorious, agency sufficient to provide a satisfying chew.
It’s not the standard of the tea that places Boba Guys behind our first place alternative. Boba Guys is a tad on the costly facet of issues, and whereas the menu does supply loads of choices, their menu was nonetheless much less intensive than our first place decide. Nonetheless, in case you are prepared to spend the cash, boba guys is not going to disappoint you.
Boba Guys is near Stanford, at simply 2.8 miles away.
Throughout our freshman 12 months, 4 years in the past, T4 was the butt of many jokes — in our minds, T4 was by far one of many worst choices for boba round. So think about our shock, after we ordered T4 for the primary time in a number of years, solely to find that our orders had been scrumptious! Going to do T4 for this column, we absolutely anticipated to be disenchanted. Now, it’s our go to identify.
The drinks have been persistently satisfying. For instance, although we normally gravitate in the direction of milk-based bobas, the mango royal tea at T4 is a fruity winner. Its robust mango taste is additional emphasised by scrumptious fruity popping boba. We had been barely much less impressed by the taro tea — it was an enormous one-note in its sweetness — nevertheless it was nonetheless tasty. The boba pearls, then again, had been the proper texture: agency, but simply chewy sufficient.
However the true triumph of T4 is its costs. Cheaper than many of the different choices on this record, whereas nonetheless providing scrumptious boba for the worth, T4 is the place to go to fulfill your common boba craving. Its expansive menu and late hours of operation (open till 10:30 p.m., later than many different choices round), make T4 our primary boba cease.
T4 is 2.5 miles from campus.
Editor’s Be aware: This text is a assessment and contains subjective ideas, opinions and critiques.