Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Washington DC Froyo Report

Fro-yo girl here. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited Washington DC. I wanted to try local chains like Tangysweet and Sweetgreen but Tangysweet closed for good and Sweetgreen stopped offering froyo. Fortunately the cute and quirky local favorite Mr. Yogato is still open (1515 17th St. NW, Dupont Circle) and it offers interesting flavors like chai, mojito and even a mystery flavor. Mr. Yogato was founded by a rocket scientist in 2008 and it has a funny, geeky feel. Answer trivia questions or meet challenges like reenacting Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance and you can get a discount off your froyo. Order a froyo for 30 consecutive nights and they’ll name a flavor after you (many have accomplished this feat). I liked how they had quirky free toppings like oregano, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It's a fun place.

NYC’s GRK (1140 19th St. NW) opened up shop in DC and has a good Greek froyo. They carry one flavor only and have some tasty Greek toppings. Since I've visited the one in NYC, I didn't visit the one in DC. They also serve Greek food and Greek yogurt that isn't frozen but I haven't tried either.

DC is the home to froyo chains such as Pinkberry, FroZenYo, Menchie’s and Sweetfrog. You can get Pinkberry at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Pinkberry had other locations before but they've closed.

The Walgreen’s flagship location (801 7th St. NW) in Chinatown also has UpMarket froyo and it’s open 24 hours. The West Wing Café (1 Thomas Circle NW) has self-serve froyo machines and carries Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt though only one out of three machines was operating when I visited.

I didn’t see as many froyo shops in DC as in NYC and Boston. I guess DC doesn't like froyo as much.

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

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