Tapioca Express - Irvine
Tapioca Express, judging by this recent development and the longevity of other outlets, is still growing and remains strong--even as froyo shops continue to melt away into oblivion. And truth be told, I haven't actually been to a frozen yogurt shop in ages; but I haven't stopped going to Tapioca Express, at least the one on Jamboree and DuPont, next to the Daily Grill.
This store, I'm convinced, is the best one in the whole franchise. They have couches to sit on, magazines that aren't from the early nineties, and a staff that seems to be glad to be there.
But it isn't for the milk tea bobas that we come. We're there whenever we're jonesing for Taiwanese-style crispy chicken. Unlike the other Tapioca Expresses in town, they use big, generous cuts of white meat for theirs, each gossamer-battered chunk still juicy and fried fresh. And while other poorly managed Tapioca Expresses have given up on serving it with fried basil leaves, this branch still does--a sign that they still take pride in what they do.
We usually end up having it as a complete meal with fresh steamed rice and a salad coated in such an addictive, sweet-and-sour, Asian oil-and-vinegar dressing that I use more of it to douse my rice and dip my chicken.
So, long live Tapioca Express at Jamboree Promenade! May you outlast the frozen yogurt stores, the cupcake boutiques and the recently birthed snow ice shops.
2636 Dupont Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
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