Thursday, August 3, 2017

Froyo Showdown in the Mission (San Francisco, CA)

Fro-yo girl here. Foodhall opened in April 2016 as a stylish gourmet grocery store with coffee, pastries, cheese, produce and a large wine and spirits collection. The space is beautiful, especially the ceiling. The chalkboard sign out front says Best Froyo Ever.

Foodhall serves Italian style frozen yogurt made with Straus organic milk. There’s just one flavor, plain. I can respect that. Plain is usually one of the best flavors.

Froyo prices: Small ($3.50)/ Medium ($4.50)/ Large ($6.50)/ Cone ($6)

Toppings ($1.50 each): Dark chocolate hazelnut sauce, salted caramel sauce, espresso, sour cherries (they didn’t have any during my visit), organic macerated strawberries, organic blueberries, organic raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, granola, maple bacon

Complimentary toppings: Olive oil & sea salt, honey, maple syrup, sprinkles

The cones are gourmet, hand-rolled ones from the Konery in Brooklyn. The froyo is dispensed from a countertop Taylor machine. It’s generally available all day, unless they happen to be cleaning the machine.

The small froyo was a generous size. The froyo was thick and smooth. It was sweet but tangy. It reminded me a lot of Yogorino’s Italian froyo, only denser. It has that unique taste that Yogorino had.

Is it the best froyo? The answer definitely would have been yes when they first opened but since then, Souvla opened a few blocks away at 758 Valencia St. Souvla also offers just one flavor of froyo (plain tart) dispensed from a countertop Taylor machine, but it’s Greek style. Both Foodhall and Souvla offer excellent froyo. Souvla’s isn’t as sweet or dense; it tastes more like natural yogurt. Souvla’s also isn’t as dene. I prefer the Greek toppings at Souvla though their toppings selection is more limited. Personally, I prefer Souvla froyo but I can see why others who like a sweeter yogurt would argue in favor of Foodhall’s version.

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

* FOODHALL: 3100 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
* SOUVLA: 758 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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