Our Favorite Frozen Yogurt Spots
When Italian frozen yogurt chain Yogorino finally opened its doors in Philly earlier this month, it joined South Street’s Phileo and Rittenhouse’s Sweet Ending in a trio of top-your-own fro-yo shops to invade Center City recently. So, which one is destined to become Philly’s Pinkberry? Here are the sweet stats.
416 South Street, 215-873-8361
The flavors: 16. We suggest one of the tangy, fruitier flavors.
The toppings: The DIY bar spans everything from the healthy (fresh-cut fruit) to the crunchy (granola, nuts) to downright tasty (cereal, chocolate sauce).
The price: $.49 per ounce.
The conclusion: Phileo takes the cake for its sheer number of flavor and topping options. Plus, despite its location on busy South Street, the place is pristine — i.e. little to no topping intermingling.
233 South 20th Street, 267-639-5287
The flavors: Just one — the original tart.
The toppings: An inspired selection of sauces (dark chocolate and pistachio), fresh fruit (kiwi and strawberries), and nuts (almonds and chopped walnuts).
The price: From $2.99 for a mini to $6 for a large. Prices include one topping — it’s $.50 for each additional topping.
The conclusion: We’re huge fans of Yogorino’s more custard-like consistency and go-green ethos (and the sanitary value of a toppings bar that isn’t self-serve), but on a recent trip the toppings (which is really the only way to spruce up your order) were completely diminished. (Totally out of raspberries and sliced almonds!)
1800 Chestnut Street, 215-568-0089
The flavors: Eight. (Our favorite: the tangy, creamy green tea.) Warning: Sample first — many of the flavors here are made with the tart favor as a base. Tart coffee, not so good — it tastes like coffee with curdled milk.
The toppings: A DIY bar with fresh fruit, candy, chocolate, sauces and cereal.
The price: $.49 per ounce.
The conclusion: Though we’re a little leery of the name, we’re digging the flavor and topping selection at Sweet Ending. But with only a few seats and boxes of granola and candy overflowing from the storage room, the small space can feel cluttered.
Bonus: Some local food markets have followed suit and started proffering their own frozen yogurt — and since the yogurt/toppings aren’t sold by the weight, you can get your fill without going into sticker shock. Our favorites below.
Old Nelson Food Market
2000 Chestnut Street, 215-496-9777
The flavors: Two — the original tart and a rotating selection of tart fruit flavors and green tea.
The toppings: Fresh-cut fruit (melon! mango!), granola, nuts, chocolate chips, cereal.
The price: $2.99 for 9 ounces, $3.99 for 12 ounces, and $4.99 for 16 ounces. $1 for toppings.
Sook Hee’s Produce
Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard, 215-568-2834
The flavors: Two — rotating — flavors each day. C’mon, chocolate and raspberry twirl!
The toppings: Healthy stuff (e.g., granola, sliced almonds, dried fruit … OK, OK, there’s sprinkles, too).
The price: $2.59 for a small, $2.99 for a large. Fruit toppings are 99 cents, candy is 75 cents, and sprinkles are 50 cents.
Palm Tree Market
717 North Second Street, Northern Liberties, 215-925-4707
The flavors: Plain and green tea.
The toppings: Fresh fruit, granola, nuts, M&Ms.
The price: $2.99 for a small, $3.99 for a large; toppings are $1 extra.