Who needs a bowl of melon balls or an alcoholic pina colada when you can get a fresh fruit smoothie bubbling with tapioca marbles? Tucked into a pea-size corner store just large enough to fit a dazzling selection of fruit on the wooden shelves behind the counter, Osaka Sushi puts up a good match for Chinatown's (and Evanston's) Joy Yee's, queen of the boba beverages. Choose anything from lychee or mango to watermelon or cantaloupe, add tapioca or mint jelly to the mix, and slurp these 24-ounce concoctions through a wide straw for a mere $3.25-$3.75.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman