by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
What in the hell is ?fro-yo?? And, if it's just frozen yogurt, what's with the surfer lingo? The California terminology and yogurt style has finally, officially landed in Hotlanta. For those not familiar, the yogurt is light and tart (not your 80s childhood's TCBY) and, while you have the option for candy-sweet toppings, there is plenty of fresh fruit to choose from. It's a dessert that somehow makes you feel lighter after eating it. Froyo's only true opponent is old-school ice cream. We say there's a place for both--here are our favorites.
Updated: September 19, 2009
Jake's puts up a good fight with its gazillions of ice-cream flavors, but it pulled a sneak-attack on the city with its Cherry Coke flavor. It tastes like a Cherry Coke float in pure ice-cream form. High-brow restaurant Shaun's even started serving it as the dessert on Sunday nights.
Krog Bar isn't known for its ice cream, per se, but their super-cute housemade miniature cones topped with rotating gelato selections are worth trying on a hot summer evening. Flavors range from inventive (watermelon-cantaloupe swirl) to classic (chocolate). The cone is one part sugar, one part cake and 100 percent fun to eat.
It is hard to discuss all these newfangled frozen treats without at least giving a shout-out to a true classic. Any child of the 80s is certain to feel a bit of nostalgia when going to a Baskin-Robbins. The case of ice-cream cakes that look too good to be real, the colorful scoop combinations and the high-school kids working behind the counter make it feel like home.
The Varsity is known for their chili dogs, onion rings and funny ordering language (bag-o-rags?), not its ice cream. But don't underestimate this old-school drive-in. Not only does it have the single best frozen drink in Atlanta (the Frosted Orange), but it serves 16 flavors of ice cream for only $1.69 a scoop.
This place combines the best of both worlds, and serves both classic and creative flavors. Sure, the Death by Chocolate is good, but how about corn or coconut jalapeno? This East Side stand also gives fans of fancy desserts reason to cheer as they offer French crepes and Belgian waffles with ice cream.
At first we thought this Jujubee's flavor was a joke: Huckleberry? Seriously? As in Mark Twain's character or the old cartoon Hound? With such astute company, it HAS to be good. Thankfully, it lived up to the billing. It was less tart than its blue, black or rasp-brethern and more flavorful. No need for Fruity Pebbles here!
Yoforia owns a monopoly on the Atlanta market--it was the first to serve the space-aged treat in the area and they have a second location to help bring froyo to the masses. We like the VaHi location since it's the only true in-town spot for froyo, but we also fantasize about their Green Tea flavor, so that gets points with us as well.
Yogurberry is fittingly lodged in the already future-glassy Terminus building, providing a clutch spot for Buckhead office hounds. What we love about Yogurberry (besides its employees who are REALLY excited to serve you) is its Taro Root flavor. Original flavor is kind of tart, but taro root tastes like Yoplait vanilla yogurt, but in frozen form.
For the Atlanta traveler, this far-out spot is conveniently located just off the interstate in Roswell's newly revamped Prado shopping center, which makes it perfect for folks on their way out of (or returning in) town. The mango is a nice tangy option, and you can expect the usual suspects in the way of toppings.