Something different is brewing at the corner of Palm and Bullard avenues in Fresno.
The 1920 Tea Station that opened over the holidays serves tea, obviously, and coffee. But it also serves some desserts you most likely have never heard of, along with fried appetizers you most definitely have, like popcorn chicken.
The owner tells me these types of Chinese-inspired tea houses are all over Los Angeles and they wanted to bring one to Fresno. At 732 W. Bullard Ave., the tea house has the hangout feel of a coffee shop and is open late.
It’s got familiar lattes and macchiato drinks and pots of tea on the menu for those who want to play it safe. You can even ease into something different with a taro latte (taro is a root vegetable) or maybe a matcha latte (there’s a term that’s fun to say). Matcha is green tea powder that is said to have all kinds of health benefits.
When I visited, the staff was eager to introduce me to the milk teas. This isn’t just tea with a little milk in it. It’s tea brewed in water with a lot of milk added to it, along with other flavors, and served with ice in a small carafe with a straw. I tried the taro milk tea and it was tasty, but you can also get hazelnut, toffee and chocolate flavors and more.
Now onto the food. If you want to try something new, how about toast for dessert? Not the kind of toast you spread butter on. This is “marshmallow toast” — a thick slab of warm, chewy bread with a layer of toasted marshmallow on top, drizzled with strawberry syrup and served with a knife and fork. There’s a mound of ice cream, whipped cream and fresh strawberries on the plate, too.
There’s more familiar food on the menu, including popcorn chicken and mozzarella sticks.
The 1920 Tea Station has free Wi-Fi and a little patio out front with heaters. Its late night hours make a good hangout for people who want to avoid the bar scene.
The Deli Delicious at the Fashion Fair food court has closed. The owner of the franchise isn’t ruling out future express-style restaurants, however.
The popular, Fresno-based sandwich chain has several more restaurants opening in the Valley this year. A Deli Delicious opened at 855 N. Lemoore Ave. in Lemoore last month.
More locations are headed for 1587 Hillman St. in Tulare, 570 W. Olive Ave. in Merced, a yet-to-be determined spot in Hanford, along with Bakersfield, Modesto, Merced and Turlock. It’s next goal is franchisees looking to open restaurants in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Deli Delicious has added lettuce wraps and any of its sandwiches can be made as wraps without the bread for people looking to cut carbohydrates.
The restaurant has had the rating since 1996, one of seven restaurants in Northern California to earn the honor. The hotel is one of three in Northern California to receive the award, and has held the honor since 2013.