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Apr 17, 2007 09:20 AM

Imitation Pinkberry

Has anybody tried any of these places? I have noticed Kiwiberry among others. Any thoughts?

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  1. i like Milano Freezer even more than Pinkberry.... it has the same kinda plain yogurty froyo. but much better as far as i'm concerned!!

    Milano Freezer
    9182 W Olympic Blvd
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Phone: (310) 246-1946

    there's one on Beverly Hills...

    1. Yes! I love Yoku Yoku on Sepulveda & Palms in West LA. A tad more expensive than Pinkberry, (I know - it's already too much, really) but better taste and smoother texture.

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      1. re: luvluvluvtoeat

        I second Yoku Yoku! And they are more generous with their toppings too!

      2. Wow Julefish, you and I are on the same wavelength today. I posted the exact same query after you, so I'll copy my comments here and have them remove my original:

        I thought it might be fun to compile a list of all the places that serve Pinkberry-style Italian frozen yogurt. We all know Pinkberry--what else has cropped up in your neck of the woods?

        The newest one I've seen is on Robertson (I forget the cross, but around Santa Monica/Olympic): BerriGood is the name. Way to not be creative, guys. I did not stop in.

        Milano freeze on Olympic (west of Robertson) is not bad, but somehow a little heavy on the tongue. They do have a frequent customer punchcard, which is a nice bonus. The parking lot was full when I got there but the valet guys let me double park for five minutes while I grabbed a yogurt.

        Red Mango inside California Roll & Sushi on Westwood. Good, but it's prices are crawling up. More infuriating, the prices are inconsistent! When I first went, it was a free small with food purchase. Then it was $5 for a large. Then the large started shrinking. Now, it's priced per ounce (give me $3 worth, for example).

        Yoku Yoku on Sepulveda and Palms. This place looks the most like Pinkberry on this inside, complete with a flatscreen TV in lieu of the usual backboard menu. Yogurt was fine, more creamy and sweet than Pinkberry.

        Baristar (?) on 6th and Vermont, in the same plaza as Kobawoo. This is a Korean coffee shop but they also have Italian frozen yogurt. It's just fine, but it's been awhile so I can't recall the finer points of its flavor.

        And my current favorite, Mondo Gelato on Pico near Westwood. I don't care for their gelato, actually. Some flavors are fine, but others taste extremely artificial in a way that reminds me of Meiji or Lotte Japanese candies. Cloying like Asian car air fresheners. Anyway, there's both a tart and plain Italian yogurt to choose from. The tart is more like Pinkberry, the plain is creamier and sweeter. Their fruit selection varies, but for $1 I've managed to always get too many raspberries for my yogurt. Unfortunately it is $1 per topping (you can't just ask for less of each), but compared to Pinkberry this is a fantastic deal. The $3.50 medium, no toppings, is bigger than Pinkberry's large. I have a hard time sharing a medium Pinkberry, but sharing a medium Mondo Gelato is possible :). Plus, they have pints and quarts, which shared among a few people would make plenty of fro yo cost less than $2 a head. Here's a medium, 1/2 and 1/2:

        I'm no Pinkberry hater. I don't see how we can demonize her for wanting to expand her company and for having the foresight to predict and take advantage of an unmet demand. But I also think that with all the alternatives out there, people shouldn't feel bound to stand in 20-person deep lines in 47 degree weather to get bad service and overpriced yogurt.

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        1. re: Pei

          Great minds think alike. I too thought about posting this very topic; Glad that Pei and Julefish beat me to the punch.

          After trying several Pinkberry imitations, I went back to the Sawtelle Pinkberry to see if there was a significant difference. I've never ventured to the original locations.

          My GF has tried Red Mango, but I have not. She thinks Red Mango is comparable to Pinkberry

          We have tried Yoku Yoku, Bigg Chill, Mondo Gelato, and a new place across the street from The Counter on Ocean Park. Yes, Pinkberry is a little better, crisper, but is it worth the parking and the lines? Not really. All these other alternatives are satisfying to me. My alternative favorite is also Mondo Gelato, but I also like Yoku and the new place near The Counter. The new place (can't think of the name) has larger portions, or maybe the serving girl liked me. Bigg Chill's version advertises that theirs is made from real yogurt and not a powder, so that may be a plus.

          Whichever one we go, this tart Italian frozen yogurt sure is addicting.

          1. re: Ogawak

            I think ceFiore in Little Tokyo is very good -- tart and refreshing, not too sweet -- just the thing after something salty like ramen or sushi.
            The place in the Eagle Rock mall next to the supermarket is awful.

            1. re: Chowpatty

              For me, ceFiore really hits the spot. It is similar enough in taste to Pinkberry, has more variety of flavors and the service, at least at the one I frequent, is far friendlier and more efficient than PB.

              1. re: bodie

                I think ceFiore is much better than the rest. I love the tarty and refreshing taste and they have fresh, not stale fruit toppings. Also it doesn't have the after taste like the other yogurt places. I hear they are opening up many stores across country including rowland heights!! Cant' wait so I don't have to drive so far.

              2. re: Chowpatty

                I agree CF seems to be the one that gives me a great taste while im eating and after...cleans my mouth sort of feeling
                im so glad they opened one near my house in Ventura
                Encino area
                near "the spot"--if you are aware of the bar, or "yamato" and the theatre
                you'll be seeing me there often!

            2. re: Pei

              That red mango in Westwood isn't the real thing from what I've read. Imposter. A real Red Mango shop is opening in westwood this spring.

              Has anyone been to Cantaloop yet?

              1. re: Pei

                I'm pretty sure Pinkberry is Korean style.

                1. re: spankbot

                  But most of the places listed, including Pinkberry, get their powder shipped from Italy. It may have been popularized in Korea, but I don't think the product is from there.

                  1. re: Pei

                    Awake enough to back up my assertion...

                    Correction: Pinkberry won't tell, but others have admitted they use a yogurt powder from Italy.


                2. re: Pei

                  at this point, most of the pinkberry wanna bees are just as costly.
                  i'd love to find a place that tastes as good, has parking, has seating, and is CHEAPER!

                3. Even the Tous Les Jours bakery has frozen yogurt like Kiwiberri/pinkberry, but a little sweeter.

                  1. i tried yogurtland in fullerton a few weeks ago. the yogurt was so so, and the fruits were still frozen!!! I had kiwi and raspberry for topings. I don't think I'd be going back there.

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                    1. re: dee

                      That reminds me I forgot that a few Lollicups have frozen yogurt now too. It's very close to the rest. I know for sure the 99 Ranch on Nogales and the Lollicup in the same plaza as J&J and Mei Long have yogurt.

                      1. re: Pei

                        i tried Lollicup yogurt and was horrible, never gona order again. It was so thick and heavy unlike cefiore or pinkberry yogurt. Lollicup topping was all dried up too.

                        1. re: chen36387

                          Sigh, trust Lollicup to do something right the first few weeks and then let quality go out the window. So disappointing, but thanks for the update!

                          Someone please remember to post when cefiore opens up their new branches! I never make it to Little Tokyo but am very curious.

                          1. re: Pei

                            Aw...I was thinking about trying Lollicup's. Guess not anymore...
                            BTW, cefiore just opened one up in Newport Beach.

                            1. re: snowy

                              really? i actually went to lollicup several times and rather like theirs. notas sweet as pinkberry's, but not as sour as kiwiberry... their price is a bit cheaper than pinkberry but not as many selection of fruit topping, but the yogurt itself is pretty good.

                      2. re: dee

                        Try Yogurt D'Italia on Harbor and Katella (NE corner) in Anaheim. Yes, it's smack dab in the middle of the Anaheim Resort (AHGAHD TOURISTS AAAAAAAAAAAGH!) but it's the same price as Pinkberry, they have various flavours (plain, raspberry, strawberry and mango yoghurt -- the mango is quite good) and the fruit is not frozen. It's pretty decent.