Posts Tagged ‘DC frozen yogurt


Yogiberry Bethesda

Mr X-sXe and were strolling around downtown Bethesda when we spotted Yogiberry, a self-service yogurt place that’s decorated like a candy store on acid.

I’ve been skeptical about self-serve froyo ever since being underwhelmed by FroZenYo, but we decided to give it a go.

I was taken aback/impressed/baffled by the Asian-ness of the offerings. With flavors like taro root and toppings like rambutan, litchi, and longan (very similar white-fleshed Asian fruits, below), you’d think you were in Singapore or something.

Collectively, we tried the chocolate, original, pistachio, taro root, coconut, and green tea yogurt flavors. Our favorites were the original and green tea, which are worth going back for. Least favorite? The chocolate (too icy) and coconut (too sweet). Problem is the temptation to go overboard at these places. At 49 cents an ounce, our yogurts came out to $6+ apiece (!) And beware if you’re caught tasting or eating before you’ve paid: there’s a $10 on-the-spot fine, though we didn’t see any froyo police milling around.


rendezvous with the sweetflowmobile

It’s good to know the food truck thing is slowly catching on in DC. I’ve been lobbying for a dessert truck like the one in NYC, despite the implications for my blood sugar. Anyway, sweetgreen [sic] went mobile with its frozen yogurt this summer (follow @sweetflowmobile  for location updates), making multiple stops around downtown DC.

I finally caught up with them last week, and was pleasantly surprised that they had a $2 sugar cone option. It’s a slightly smaller serving than the small cup and a whole lot cheaper. The bad part is that by the time I’d walked two blocks from the truck, I’d inhaled the entire thing.



Caliyogurt, Adams Morgan. Meh.

People have been swooning over this place on Yelp, so we decided to give it a try. What you secaliyogurte is their peach and green tea yogurt. The peach was a special flavor (they rotate these daily). The green tea had a strong Matcha (powdered green tea) flavor. What I realized from this experience is:

1) Tangysweet is still the best, flavor-wise. Haters, I challenge you to do a side-by-side taste test with their Guava or Green Tea flavors.

2) Don’t trust the reviewers on Yelp. Both Mr. Yogato and Caliyogurt fared better than Tangysweet. WTF?


domo arigato, mr. yogato!

this weekend, mimi and i continued our serious investigation into dc’s yogurt places by visting the newly opened mr. yogato, located on 1515 17th street (right off p street) in dupont circle. the store bills itself as “the funnest yogurt experience you’ll ever have” which is a pretty accurate description. it’s hard to beat the fun at any yogurt shop with rules like these.
mimi and i both scooped up a 20% discount by getting our foreheads stamped:

mr yogato stamp on forehead
we immediately liked the fact that mr. yogato had more variety than the other yogurt chains. it has four flavors – soft, tangy, mango, and mojito – and a huge variety of toppings, including many that aren’t on the menu, but just happen to be on hand. (if anyone does end up trying the olive oil topping, please let me know.) unlike other yogurt places, it also has a sliding scale for toppings, so that you don’t have to get more than one if you don’t want to.
mimi tried a small mango with strawberries:
mr yogato mango yogurt with strawberries
while i tried an original tangy with coconut, reese’s peanut butter cups, and cookie crisp:
mr. yogato tangy with peanut butter, cookie crisp and coconut
the mango flavor actually tasted like mango in a firm, but not overpowering way – unlike some other yogurt we’ve had. the tangy flavor was less tangy than expected. both of us were slightly turned off by the texture of the yogurt, which was more granular and watery than other places. it melted rather quickly. still, it tasted good.
in the end, both of us thought that tangysweet has a better base product. i, however, like the variety in toppings and flavors at mr. yogato, and am a total sucker for the cute factor, so i’d recommend it more highly than tangysweet. mimi, however, is remaining with her original favorite.

we just heard a rumor that pinkberry is going to be opening in georgetown soon, so we hope we can continue this series!


DC yogurt tour, cont’d

Juice Zone in Foggy Bottom is inside one of the George Washington University buildings on 23rd & G St, NW. You gotta show a driver’s license or some other form of ID to get in there. So it’s probably the most well-protected frozen yogurt in DC.

Ann and I originally stopped by on our DC yogurt tour, but they’re closed on Sundays. So I went back the next day to sample it. At $4.94 (incl. tax) for a small with 3 toppings, it wasn’t cheap. I got chocolate chips, blackberries and slivered raw almonds. Like the other places, they claim their yogurt has live active cultures, and the fruit toppings are fresh, not frozen fruit.

The flavor was similar to the frozen yogurt at Sweet Green–it tasted like vanilla Dannon. Somehow it seemed a bit less flavorful. Either that or my taste buds got numb while I was eating it. Since this place is closer than the other two, I’ll go there if I’m desperate for fro-yo. The security in the building may make me think twice, though.

Juice Zone fro-yo lags behind the competition.


dc frozen yogurt tour

today, mimi and i went on a quest – a hot, sweaty quest – to settle a question which has recently arisen in the dc dessert community.

who makes the best frozen yogurt in dc? tangysweet or sweet green?

first, i had to start things off with a bit of vegan soft-serve at sticky fingers.
vegan soft serve
it was vanilla and rich and much denser than i expected. i only had a few spoonfuls, though, since i knew what type of gastronomical challenges were awaiting me later in the day.

mimi and i met up in georgetown, where we headed down m street to sweet green, assiduously dodging all the sweaty bodies in the crowds. ick ick ick. we were happy to finally get into the air-conditioned sweet green, a healthy fast-food joint that serves nothing but salads and frozen yogurt. we paid four dollars for a small serving plus three toppings, which were limited to berries and a few crunchy things. they were also disturbingly close to the crunchy toppings for the salad. i was a little concerned that an inattentive clerk might mix wasabi peas into my yogurt. we opted for a relatively healthy combo of blackberries, raspberries, and coconut:
sweet green
now, mimi had been talking up the way in which sweet green’s owners had apparently developed this unique yogurt formula, so i probably had much-too-high expectations for the taste. the problem? sweet green tastes like plain yogurt, except a little colder. i found myself wondering why i had paid $4 for a taste that I could get for 99 cents at the safeway. it got mildly better as we worked our way through the cup, but it was a letdown. the plus? sweet green’s seating is limited, but it’s located right across the street from the shady francis scott key park.

we then trekked through the unrelenting sun-drenched streets of dc to go to tangysweet, the latest froyo emporium to open in dc. the drawbacks? no place to sit down, and the place was super-crowded and filled with people i sort of know, but don’t want to see on weekends when i’m looking decidedly non-worklike. the plus? delicious yogurt. for $4.50, mimi and i got a generous serving of plain with three toppings.
she was craving the mango, but i wanted to partake of the ample cereal-based options at the store. i got fruit loops and raisin-laced granola. and yes, i know that mango and fruit loops don’t actually go together.
both of us were wowed by the flavor of the yogurt – it was sweeter and zingier than sweet green. mimi lamented the fact that she was likely going to spent the rest of the summer addicted to tangysweet, even though she lives just far enough away from it to make it unwalkable on a daily basis, especially when the deep humidity hits.

we’ve got some tips for some other froyo places, so keep checking back for more reviews…