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Where to go when you got it bad for boba.
By Amanda Rock

Bubble tea, boba tea, boba—whatever you call it, we like it. This tea-based beverage comes in a plethora of flavors and styles. Every variation has two things in common—yummy, chewy balls of tapioca called "boba," and they're all tasty. Stab the oversized straw through the plastic top and slurp it up, baby. Need some fun in a cup? Check out these popular bubble-tea destinations.

Gossip Tapioca opened in 2003 with an extensive menu. Keep it simple with a Jasmine milk tea, make it complicated with multiple fruit jellies and flavors or choose one of the favorites, like Tropical Fruit Mix ($3.75) made with mango and coconut pudding, diced fruit, boba and coconut milk. One of the most popular drinks is Da Bomb ($4.25), an orange, mango and banana smoothie with boba. They also offer funky flavors like red bean and avocado.
1629 W. 3500 South, West Valley City, 801-886-2868, gossiptapioca.weebly.com

If you like it a little nerdy, check out Watchtower Café. Salt Lake City's only café dedicated to gaming and comic books also offers boba. You can be a basic bitch year-round with the Mary Jane—a delicious combination of red bean, vanilla, pumpkin spice and boba. The BB-8 is a blended beverage made with Thai iced tea, caramel and boba, topped with whipped cream—just as sweet as the cute little robot himself.
1588 S. State, 801-477-7671, watchtower-cafe.com

Lua-O is an unexpected gem in Fashion Place Mall's food court. They serve pho, bahn mi and other Vietnamese eats, but let's talk about their drinks. Choose from mango, strawberry, taro or piña colada smoothies studded with chewy boba for $4.50. It's a perfect treat while you're indulging in some retail therapy.
6191 S. State, 801-265-9034, lua-o.com

Tea Factory in Chinatown is a fine destination to get your boba fix. This little shop located outside Salt Lake City's largest Asian grocery store offers a wide selection of beverages including tea (with or without milk), yogurt-based drinks and slushes. You can add pudding or fruit jelly to your drink, as well as boba. Be sure to try the Original Milk Tea ($3.99) and pick up one of the freshly made, red-bean-filled buns to snack on. Hit up the Tea Factory before browsing the supermarket and you've got the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon.
3390 S. State, Ste. 19, 801-809-3229


Gourmet Grazing
Our food critic picks his ultimate meal, one dish at a time.
By Ted Scheffler


Alluring Appetites
Here are 7 SLC restaurants with design as sexy as the sustenance.
By Darby Doyle


A Cheapskate's Guide to SLC
Think good grub means breaking the bank? Think again.
By Amanda Rock


Try the Grilled Cheese
A vegetarian reviews local hotel food.
Story and photos by Ryan Cunningham


Hot for Tots
7 places that elevate the humble tater tot to art.
By Amanda Rock


Confirmed Classics
We tip our hats to longstanding, bona fide Utah eateries.
By Carolyn Campbell


The Meatmen Cometh
Inside the lost art of meat-cutting.
By Alex Springer


Where to go when you got it bad for boba.
By Amanda Rock


Make it pop
Where to go for fine food with a side of spontaneity.
By Darby Doyle


Breaking Bread
10 superlative sandwiches spots.
By Ted Scheffler


Humble Crumble
Here's where to get your cookie fix.
By Amanda Rock


Brain Freeze
Utah: Home to a bevy of frozen treats.
By Carolyn Campbell

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