HOME > Chowhound > Chains >
What have you made lately? Share your food adventure
TELL US

Penguin's

katkoupai Jun 30, 2007 09:43 PM

I tried the banana strawberry smoothie at Penguin's Frozen Yogurt tonight. It's the best frozen yogurt smoothie that I've had in a long time. Props to Penguin's.

  1. c
    crsin Jul 1, 2007 08:13 PM

    I've had a really good banana smoothie here myself, also had good plain frozen yogurt once. However, several other times the yogurt was downright bizarre and really quite bad. Strange fluctuation in quality at my nearby location.

    1. j
      justagthing Jul 1, 2007 08:56 PM

      Back in the mid to late 80's, Penquins was THE place to go, kinda like Pinkberry's is now. They do say trends are cyclical. Anyways, back in the day, I use to love the peanut butter yogurt. Now they are harder to find, but since yogurt is in an upswing again, who knows, maybe they will be reopening stores all over the place.

      3 Replies
      1. re: justagthing
        katkoupai Jul 1, 2007 08:59 PM

        I remember those days, and I actually wish they'd come back. It was sad when Penguin's started disappearing. There used to be one in Northridge-- gone now. :(

        I went to the one in La Canada this past weekend. I wonder how many are left now.

        1. re: katkoupai
          c
          chuck Jul 3, 2007 02:22 PM

          There is still a Penguin's in Northridge.I just went there last week. It is in the center at Reseda and Devonshire. I remember the one at Devonshire and Balboa which is trhe one that you are probably referring to.

          1. re: chuck
            katkoupai Jul 3, 2007 02:35 PM

            Chuck, are you serious? I thought the Reseda/Devonshire location closed down! I'm really happy to know this. :)

      2. Melanie Jul 2, 2007 07:34 PM

        Penguin's still exists?? Oh man, I have fond memories of frozen yogurt at Penguin's in Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco. I assumed they went out of business years ago...

        3 Replies
        1. re: Melanie
          katkoupai Jul 2, 2007 08:44 PM

          There are a few left still. The only one I know of is in La Canada, CA.

          1. re: katkoupai
            c
            crsin Jul 2, 2007 09:14 PM

            I know of at least one in AZ (the only one I've ever been to). I actually didn't even know this place existed until seeing the AZ location a year a go. Wasn't aware it was once a large chain before this thread.

            1. re: crsin
              katkoupai Jul 2, 2007 09:23 PM

              That's neat. I'm in Los Angeles, and I never knew Penguin's was also in Arizona. :)

        2. j
          justagthing Jul 2, 2007 10:48 PM

          They have an official website:http://www.penguinsfrozenyogurt.com/
          But it doesn't offer much info on locations or menu items. Also, found a link for a pdf menu: http://www.penguinsyogurt.com/menu.pdf
          The Penguins in AZ appears to be a different company than the ones in CA...The CA ones are actually Penguin's Place, but no one ever called it that.

          1. o
            Oh Robin Jul 7, 2007 02:10 PM

            I used to love their Pina Colada smoothie when I worked at the Lakewood Mall (CA) in the early 90's. I think there's still one in Long Beach but I've never been. Anyone?

            5 Replies
            1. re: Oh Robin
              j
              justagthing Jul 7, 2007 05:24 PM

              Believe there is one across from Cerritos Mall, near Skate Depot.

              1. re: justagthing
                d
                Densible Jul 7, 2007 05:34 PM

                There is one on PCH near Torrance Blvd., here in the So. Bay. I like the vanilla yogurt and add fresh strawberries and when I am hormonally challenged, hot fudge. Really good. I too remember when Penguins was IT. I also loved Humphrey's-the place that did "mix-ins" before Coldstone Creamery.

                The is a Pinkberry's trying to open on PCH and Aviation. I hope it doesn't. I don't want to loose Penguins or the little place in the mini-mall that has Two-for Tuesdays....

                1. re: justagthing
                  c
                  CaliforniaCat Jul 9, 2007 07:18 PM

                  Unfortunately, like Skate Depot, that Penguin's is long gone. Does anyone else remember Heidi's Frogen Yozurt? (Suddenly, I feel like I am 16 again with really high bangs.)

                  1. re: CaliforniaCat
                    j
                    justagthing Jul 9, 2007 08:18 PM

                    Skate Depot is still open. I guess the closest Penguin's is in Downey on Lakewood Blvd. Yes, I remember Heidi's but preferred Penguin's. I use to go to the one that was by the Bally's on Del Amo. That has been long gone.

                    1. re: CaliforniaCat
                      katkoupai Jul 9, 2007 08:40 PM

                      Exactly-- 16 again, with feathered or crimped hair.

                      I do remember Heidi's, but I too preferred Penguin's. I'm not sure why, but my sister and I really loved Penguin's.

                      When I went to the one in La Canada recently, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered, but it was still very good. I think nostalgia has something to do with it. I think I'd be happy if there was a Penguin's for every Pinkberry here in Southern California.

                2. rockhopper Jul 9, 2007 03:32 PM

                  Location? Is this a california chain?

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: rockhopper
                    d
                    Densible Jul 9, 2007 03:40 PM

                    Penguins is a chain that is in California-I live in So. Cal. Not sure if it extends beyond-same for Pinkberry

                    1. re: rockhopper
                      katkoupai Jul 9, 2007 04:25 PM

                      The Penguin's I went to was in La Canada, CA.

                      -----
                      Penguins Frozen Yogurt
                      11146 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                      Penguin's Frozen Yogurt
                      2180 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      Penguin's Frozen Yogurt
                      10942 Weyburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                    Show Hidden Posts