I went in the Old Navy entrance to M.M. this afternoon and was surprised to find a bubble tea stand.
It is called Tea Neck and not a chain. They offer a variety of different bubble tea drinks. You get to choose a base tea (black, green and Thai tea were some of the choices) and then a flavoring, which ranged from mango to coconut. Most choices were available hot or iced. There are two types of "bubbles", tapioca and another kind I cannot remember.
A small is $2.75 and I think a large is about a dollar more.
I went for a small iced green tea with mango and tapioca. They blend the tea and the fruit juice (the mango looked pretty thick so I am hoping that there was at least a bit of fruit in it) with ice, so it has an almost slushie like consistency. Then they add the bubbles. Instead of using lids they have this machine that presses on a plastice top. The straw is then punched into the lid.
Over all it was pretty good. Considering we pay that much for a cup of coffee these days, it is a nice alternative. From the service I got it is clear that most of their customers do not know what bubble tea is. I wonder if we have a new food fad on our hands?