Malden is a city with Revolutionary War roots in a diverse 21st-century community that is firmly settled north of the Mystic River and only a quick drive from Logan Airport and Boston proper. Dining options in Malden range from casual stops for students looking for after-school bites to special-event destination restaurants. Chinese food choices include corner tea houses serving bubble tea and informal snacks as well as formal Mandarin and Szechuan dining rooms. Other Asian restaurants include Vietnamese and Chinese fusion, Taiwanese barbecue and Japanese tapas served at a sake bar. Nearby are classic American diners serving breakfast favorites from the counter with eggs, waffles and breakfast potatoes on the menu. Family-owned restaurants serve southern, Italian-style lunches, dinners and take-out menus.