I started writing the draft for this post five months ago. Got lazy and completely forgot about it. There’s just so many snack houses/bakeries/bubble tea places these days it’s difficult to play favorites. But Lattea is among top on my list.
Open til 3AM on weekends, Lattea provides hungry, bored night owls a place to hang out. And eat. Or drink. What sets this place apart from the rest is one thing: taro bubble tea made from FRESH taro. For those who aren’t familiar, taro is similar to a (purple) potato except a lot starchier. Used in dishes, it makes sauces very thick. I’ve loved taro, oh I don’t know, since I was born maybe? It explains why I’ve visited a popular bubble tea place for taro drinks 44 times in the past 6 months. And that’s not the only bubble tea place I visit on a regular basis! Here at Lattea, fresh taro is boiled for 3-4 hours, mashed, strained, then blended. The taro bubble tea, while ultra thick, starchy, and gritty is so good. So good. You can really taste fresh taro in the drink. I usually call ahead to make sure they process fresh taro before I come in. Like I said, it takes 4 hours.
All the smoothies here are also made with nothing but fresh fruits. Avocado, Watermelon, Kiwi, Mango, Strawberry, Peach are just some of the flavors they come in. Of course, availability depends on what’s in season. They have plenty of avocados and strawberries right now.
There’s another thing you must get here. The Mango Dessert. It’s a syrupy concoction with fresh mangoes, tapioca, and shaved ice. So refreshing and so very good.
There are snacks and hot pots if you need food with your fun drinks. Hot pots include meats of your choice and veggies and noodles in a soothing broth. Snacks include typical Taiwanese snacks: chicken nuggets, fish balls, wings, sausages.
I suggest pairing your drinks with the nuggets and some fries plus the mango dessert. You’ll come out full and refreshed.
Located in the Mall Corners Plaza. Next to Ming’s BBQ 2.
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096