A second location of the popular Kennesaw-based Queen Tea has now opened at The Avenue in West Cobb.
Featuring a wide variety of popular bubble milk tea, brown sugar tea, milk foam tea and more, all customizable with (or without!) flavored tapioca surprises. We counted 44 standard tea drinks on the expansive Queen Tea menu, not including customizations with 15 stir-in edibles, five ice levels, five sugar levels, two sizes and the choice of hot or cold. Add to that yogurt drinks, milk foam slushies and coffee options, and that's way too variations to calculate for a journalism major. Let's just describe it as a "virtually endless" variety of tea options.
My first experience with bubble tea was in Hong Kong. A smiling colleague handed me what I thought was a cold coffee on a hot morning. . . . . get the rest of the story in this video.
The food menu features Taiwanese street foods including salt and pepper "chickninis" with varying spice levels, pork dumplings, vegetable curry samosas and more. Among the highlights on the dim sum menu are steamed porks buns and shrimp dumpling.
A menu expansion already is planned, with oden -- assorted boiled skewers served in a cup of soup -- and edamame.
Proprietor Joleen Dai is a native of South China, with lots of family still there. She's also lived in Japan and has been in the US for more than 10 years. Her family and heritage are reflected in the food and beverage, and also in the restaurant design elements.
On a recent visit, we tried the cold brown sugar tea. At the bottom of the cup, tapioca bubbles hovered in the tea, and were easily pulled up with a sip on the straw. The tea was refreshing and sweet on an 80-degree day. We ordered a side of salt and pepper chickninis, opting for the extra spicy version. Each bite was coated in a tasty batter coating moist chicken. And Asian flavors resonated in the batter, a tasty and not-hot combination of spices.
Queen Tea offers excellent, authentic foods and satisfying flavorful teas. Mix and stir with a huge serving of friendly, helpful service. We'll be back -- often!
For more on our visit, see this video on Newsbreak.
Queen Tea is located in The Avenue at West Cobb, 3625 Dallas Hwy #770, Marietta, GA 30064.
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