Illustration by Sam Orihuela
Cha for Tea
Review by Karrie Comfort Staff Writer
Although I already loved boba, Cha for Tea, definitely goes above and beyond the typical milk tea. With a variety of herbal, green and black teas, Cha adds more choices to a traditional Asian drink. Employees tend to be younger, around the 20’s age range, which goes right along with the modern, smart vibe. Decorated with bright spring colors, pop music plays lightly in the background, as construction workers, doctors, and college students filter in.
If you want to avoid the rush, avoid the lunch hour, however, lines are never longer than five people or so. This chain restaurant not only makes regular tea with boba, but serves dumplings, soups, and various dishes.
In the interest of fairness there are other boba places, like Tebo Tebo Lounge that may serve more specialized drinks, which Cha for Tea doesn’t offer. Prices do tend to run on the more expensive side with drinks running a little under five dollars with boba, but in comparison to Starbucks that’s fairly reasonable. As far as quick, close and fun places, Cha is an ideal hang out for college students looking to wind down after a long day of work and school.
5720 E. 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Review by Elliott Gatica Music Editor
It may look like just a little pink, wooden house just sitting along the sidewalk of a busy main street, but it’s a food place that can literally turn frowns upside down and can satisfy the stomachs of any hungry customer. The food served at this join is a fusion between signature Mexican and Korean recipes. Odd, right? Perhaps, but it works!
The area inside where you can eat can feel a bit stuffy, but that is legitimately my only complaint. Every other aspect leaves me a really happy customer every time I visit.
Honestly, go here. I’m a huge fan of Korean barbecue and anything edible inside a tortilla. They have entrees like tortas, different types of meat and vegetable combinations with rice, tacos, and my personal favorite – burritos. Their burritos have a special place in my heart and arteries! They mix different kinds of meats like bulgogi into the burritos with Kimchi and other Korean delicacies which are—in my opinion—some the best cultural food fusions yet!
4712 E. 7th. St, Long Beach, CA 90803