Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hidden Fro-yo Gems

Fro-yo girl here. Most froyoholics drive around (or walk around) town with their eyes open for signs of a fro-yo shop. I’d like to draw some attention to some fro-yo spots in the Bay Area that are hidden because they don’t have clearly visible (from the street) signs of fro-yo.

Two of these are on college campuses:
* NATURAL SENSATIONS (SF State, 1650 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132): Super cheap! Best fro-yo bargain in the Bay Area ($1.75 for 12 ounces of fro-yo goodness). They have four fro-yo flavors a day. I don’t think they ever carry tart flavors but that could change.
* THE AXE & THE PALM (Stanford University, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305): Decent tart fro-yo, stick with the dry toppings though (skip the fruit ones).

Two are tucked inside Korean food courts:
* CAFE MILAN (3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051): Near Galleria Market and Paris Baguette, tasty tart fro-yo, skimpy toppings
* TIKI SURF (inside Super Kyo-Po Market, 3521 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051): Excellent tart fro-yo but gritty texture, look for the $1.50 fro-yo cone special

The last two are dessert shops where fro-yo is just a line item vs. the main offering:
* HELLO DESSERTS (1698 Hostetter Rd, San Jose, CA 95131): aka, Dessert Heaven, they recently added a very good tart fro-yo (a little gritty though) to an awe-inspiring lineup of desserts including pearl tea, build your own cream puffs, imported Parisian macarons, sorbet, gelato, etc.
* SKETCH (1809 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710): It’s a gourmet soft serve ice cream shop that also happens to have some of the best tart fro-yo (one flavor, plain) in the Bay Area.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

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