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Tart Frozen Yogurt Wars Have Begun in DC

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The District has finally gotten a couple of "tart frozen yogurt" places a la Pinkberry. First there was Sweetgreens in Georgetown that opened last year. Tangysweet opened in Dupont on P St earlier this month, and this past weekend Mr. Yogato open on the other side of the Circle on P and 17th St.

For those of you have tried their fro yo,, let's compare and contrast and state our opinions about these frozen yogurt places: the product, service, atmosphere, etc. Sweetgreens also sells salads and Mr. Yogato is marketing itself as "fun" and "your local frozen yogurt place." What are your impressions?

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  1. I haven't been to TangySweet, but have tried Sweetgreen, Pinkberry, and Red Mango's yogurt. I was at Mr. Yogato on opening day and personally I liked the yogurt far more than any of the other fro-yos that I've tried. I heard a few comments about the flavors being undistinguishable, but I think that might just be personal preference. I appreciated the subtle mango flavor of one of the varieties because it let me taste mango as well as the classic tartness of this type of frozen yogurt.

    As with most new concepts, there were a few operational kinks, however I'm confident the operators will use the first week or two to identify and rectify those problems. I appreciated the owners/partners/helpers genuine enthusiasm.

    Domo Arigato, Mr. Yogato!

    1. I checked out Mr.Yogato on Saturday and I really liked it. Their toppings options are a lot more extensive (including mochi!) than either Tangysweet or Sweetgreen. They also offer an original "non-tart" flavor, which I think covers those people who don't like the yogurt tang. I'm not a huge fan of all the gimmicks (trivia questions, etc.) but I do think it's a little less intimidating than the overly-designed ultra-cool Tangysweet. But don't get me wrong, both are good. I would choose Mr. Yogato because the toppings and flavor options are much more extensive.

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      1. re: hamster

        Pretty much my thoughts exactly, hamster. I've had Tangysweet a few times and enjoyed it, but ultimately liked the Mr. Yogato one better after trying it yesterday. I loved that Mr. Yogato had mochi as a topping, and Fruity Pebbles, both of which I got on mine. I know Tangysweet lists Fruity Pebbles as a topping, but they never seem to have them when I've been there (I've seen Trix and another fruity cereal there- not the same!). Since I metro out to Dupont for this, I gotta say Tangysweet's a little more convenient, but I'd make the trek to Mr. Yogato again in a heartbeat.

        1. re: gyozagirl

          Forgive the long post. I just did a comparison between TangySweet and Mr. Yogato. I ordered a small classic with mango, blackberries and blueberries (this is a "little original tangy" at Mr. Yogato). Both were $4.50, consumed within 30 minutes of each other. The results:

          TangySweet, as an establishment, is much cleaner and more efficient. The floor was clean, the toppings were in order, "spa" water was free and the line moved efficiently. The fro yo, itself, was creamy for fro yo and the mango was ripe. I did have a few mashed blueberries which I asked the girl behind the counter to please not put into my cup (she ignored my request). I deposited them in the trashcan which had a little foot pedal so I did not have to dirty my hands moving aside a cumbersome lid (cf. Mr. Yogato below). The guy who took my order behind the counter was a little sarcastic (a good thing; but see Steve below). I sampled the pomegranate on a previous visit and found it too tangy for my taste (sour is the word I would use). I am not from California but I give it an 8.5 for taste.

          I had been excited about Mr. Yogato because of the name, I won't lie. When I walked through the door, I nearly walked out. The floor was disgusting. I felt like my sneakers, which had just been trekking around Dupont, were going to get dirty in there! I mentioned this to Steve, who apologized, told me my sneakers were very white -- and agreed that the floor was disgusting. I mentioned that I was on a taste comparison mission and Steve asked me to be brutally honest.

          I sampled the peach, the soft original and the tangy original. The peach has a slightly chemical flavor that reminds me of Peach Schnapps. I was told that they use peach puree and no artificial flavoring -- but not fresh peaches (which would make a big difference). My comparison dish was tasty -- the berries were good (not a single squished blueberry) though the mango was not as good as the stuff at TangySweet (could be an off night). The consistency of Mr. Yogato original tangy is more icey than the stuff at TS. Based on taste, I give Mr. Yogato a 7.5.

          On the other hand, the staff at Mr. Yogato is very friendly and very sincere (not sarcastic, almost to a fault). I think they just need to work out some kinks (evidenced by the white board that asks for customer feedback). Personally, I am not into the stamp on my head or some of the other games but the 2 girls in front of me happily got stamped.

          The experience at Mr. Yogato ended with the trashcan. What is up with that rocket trashcan? Clever enough decoration but totally disgusting to actually use. The place looks like it was put together by college kids who are more interested in quirk than function (chairs were disorganized; line was kind of a mess as it bunches near the counter with ordering and receiving being on top of one another; also toppings were a mess).

          As I walked home, I passed by TangySweet. It was closed. The employees were inside, busily mopping the floor.

      2. So where are all those shops on the Virginia side of the river? We want frozen yogurt too! I've tried the Korean cafes in Annandale and have been underwhelmed. There's gotta be something better than TCBY over here, and even those are pretty scarce.

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        1. re: MikeR

          I just had my first ever tart yogurt last night at Shilla's bakery in Annandale. I must say I could easily become addicted. I had a small w/blueberries which were a nice complement to the fro-yo. The basic small cup is about three bucks before toppings. Someone was getting a strawberry bing soo that contained a major swirl of fro-yo and was a work of food art to behold. I may need to try that eventually but a simple cup w/out any toppings is going to be added to my frozen confection standard summer fare. I'm adding Shilla's to my frozen confection rotation list which include Dairy Godmother's, Frozen Dairy Bar, Nielsen's Custard, Woody's, Rita's Italian Ice, and even DQ when the mood strikes.

          1. re: MikeR

            Besides the Korean Bakeries like Shilla (Annandale & Centreville), Le Matin De Paris (Annandale), and Dolce (Annandale), the other places in Virginia are Ice Berry (South Riding & Reston) and Piccomolo (Fair Oaks Mall). Piccomolo mostly has (amazing) gelatos, so they only have the plain yogurt flavor, which is what I prefer anyway. I've really liked all the places named above except Le Matin De Paris, which had watery, yellowish-colored, non-tart yucky stuff. Anyone know of any others in Virginia? How about Maryland? The only one I know is Shilla Bakery at Twinbrook.

          2. Having tried Tangysweet, I'll be very interested to try Mr. Yogato and hopefully enjoy a better experience. Tangysweet falls far short of the mark, IMO, especially since their mark is Pinkberry, who they clearly are trying to copy. At least Mr. Yogato isn't blatantly going down that road, although, in the end, it's all inspired by what's flourishing out west.

            If/when Pinkberry hits the DC area, it'll be a tough row to hoe for the local upstarts.

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            1. re: AndrewF

              I live in NOVA and work in Reston I have been to the ice berry in the new part of the towncenter off of market street near Il Fornaio, and I have to say that the yogurt is quite good combined with their fresh toppings, berries, nuts, mochi, etc.
              nice stuff.
              But a little pricey, but what is not these days?

              1. re: keithlb1

                I agree, Iceberry is delicious. I did a marketing project on them a few months ago and the owners told me they were planning to expand into Georgetown this summer - not sure what happened to that. But a friend of mine claims Iceberry froyo is available in the River Place convenience store in Rosslyn.

                1. re: elaineathon

                  Ok, exactly where is the River Place convenience store? Because if it's as close to my office as I think it might be, I'd like to head over there asap.

                  1. re: caphill2320

                    Apparently it's in the market between all the River Place buildings, on the 1100 block of Arlington Blvd. If you go, let me know what you think! I have yet to check it out myself.

                    1. re: elaineathon

                      Ok, I tried going to this place the other day after work. They definitely have signs saying that they have Iceberry yogurt and they seemed to have a machine for it. However, when I was asking around for it, the people all looked kind of confused. Also, there were no toppings set out, so I have no idea if they even had any or if they did, how fresh they would be. I actually left and picked up Sweetgreen on my way home instead. Oh well...

                      1. re: caphill2320

                        That's bizarre. I was wondering if it was actually a store or just pre-packed yogurt or something. Well, at least there are other options!

                        1. re: elaineathon

                          In my quest for frozen yogurt in Arlington, I remembered this thread about the River Place market possibly having Iceberry yogurt so I checked it out this weekend to see if they've got it yet. Like caphill2320's report, there was an Iceberry sign on the front door, and there was a machine and counter in the back. I asked a woman at the cash register up front, and she said they had to temporarily stop the machine and said they should have it next week....

            2. ...I'll be stopping by Mr. Yogato on my way back to work after an errand. I shall report back. I hope it's good!

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              1. re: Jeserf

                I hear they have mochi! Anyone try it yet?

                1. re: Elyssa

                  original tangy + mochi balls + fruity pebbles + free rainbow sprinkles = I'd run to Dupont right now if I could

                  to answer your question, they have it, they're real, and they're FABULOUS.

              2. yes, i definitely agree with many of the other posts - i like Mr. Yogato the most b/c it is most similar to Pinkberry, in tangy yogurt taste, as well as having mochi topping! Tangysweet will apparently get mochi at some point and i understand they have offered it here and there, but not on a consistent basis. but i feel that their original yogurt flavor does not have the tangy/tartness that Pinkberry has.

                Plus, the people that work at Yogato are super friendly.

                as for the Korean bakeries in Annandale, they're good to get your tangy yogurt fix if you are in the area, but their only toppings are fruit.

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                1. re: hollygolightly

                  I'm not into toppings, just a scoop of nice, cold, creamy and tangy yogurt, a small portion, not enough for three, and for a couple of bucks, not the price of a lunch (or what I'm still dreaming a lunch SHOULD cost). <g>

                2. Mr. Yogato = two thumbs way up.

                  I got the original (not tart) with teddy grahams and raspberries. It was perfect. And everyone was very friendly, which is a nice change of pace these days. For $4, it made my afternoon!

                  I look forward to more visits, with laptop, when the weather is not as hot.

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                  1. re: Jeserf

                    I just checked out Mr. Yogato this evening. LOVED it -- this is my first experience with tangy frozen yogurt, and it won't be my last. I sampled the mango, the mojito and the tangy original. All were good, but I settled on the tangy original. To me, the mango wasn't quite mango-y enough and the mojito not quite mojito-y enough. I ordered mochi -- they were out, so they gave me a card for a free yogurt-with-one-topping on my next visit, which will be soon. Starfruit was my second choice - they have lots of fresh fruit toppings to choose from, which makes this one healthy snack. (125 calories, 0 fiber, 0 fat in a "little" size.) Had a great chat with Steve, the founding partner. He is very open to discussing new flavors and pretty much anything else. Great guy, great business. I wish them all well and plan to become a regular here.

                    1. re: woodleyparkhound

                      wow they gave you a free yogurt just because they were out of a topping? Now THAT'S customer service.

                      I really hope they do well - they're all very nice and I'm glad to be moving to the hood to visit more often

                      1. re: Jeserf

                        Yes, Jeserf, they actually did that! I was surprised -- and dead impressed at their customer service. Yet another reason to run back there at my first opportunity!

                  2. Where are these in Baltimore? We want some too!

                    1. I tried both of these places -- and was excited when they opened -- but didn't really love either of them. Good flavors and topping but the yogurt tastes too icy. Call me a heretic but I've found airport crap like TCBY to be smoother and more ice cream tasting.

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                      1. re: masonuc

                        I think that's the effect most people have - either you love it or you hate it. This new froyo is mostly based on tart, less creamy frozen yogurt. So if you like TCBY froyo or custard-type items, you prob won't like the pinkberry/tangysweet/mr. yogato types. Although, I believe at Mr. Yogato has two variations of original, and the original creamy might be more to your liking. Personally, I love them all, haha :-)

                        1. re: gyozagirl

                          I'll have to check that out. That's unfortunate for me, if true, because I love the flavors these guys have. I am particularly a huge fan of green tea. Green tea ice cream mochi is one of my favorite things. And I love tart/tangy anything.

                      2. Had the Mango topped with Kiwi on Friday. Good stuff.

                        With this new competition I won't be able open my cupcake/tangy yogurt/tapas place (i was going to have half-smokes as well).

                        What am I going to do with all this truffle oil?

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                        1. re: WestIndianArchie

                          Speaking of which...hello cupcake needs to open

                        2. I feel very uneducated for asking this question, but after reading all the posts and doing a quick Google, I'm not sure I understand what "tart frozen yogurt" is. I am assuming that Mr. Yogato's Original Soft would be the "common" version of frozen yogurt that is sweet, etc. How tangy is the tart? (For. example, I hate regular (non frozen) yogurt. Will I not like tart frozen?) Thanks guys!

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                          1. re: ScarlyAngel

                            Until these places opened, my only experience of frozen yogurt was from the freezer section of the grocery store. That stuff tastes much more like ice cream than it does yogurt.

                            TangySweet's and Mr. Yamagondoto's offerings taste more like yogurt than ice cream. The consistency is similar to plain old soft serve, but it tends to be a little icier and less creamy. It definitely has a tangy taste like you might get from a tub of Yoplait.

                            Mr. Yogadidamoto's original flavor is still tangy and un-ice-cream-like, but the tangy flavor is a bit more tangy. Chances are, if you don't like non-frozen yogurt, you won't be a huge fan of either option. But definitely give it a try and prove me wrong!

                            1. re: aburkavage

                              I remember TCBY of ten or fifteen years ago being what I might describe as "tangy" - clearly different taste from soft ice cream or frozen custard, but with the same consistency. I had a TCBY at the Blimpie's in Ballston a few months back and it wasn't what I remembered. I don't know if it was because of the yogurt or my memory. I don't expect either one is quite up to what it used to be.

                              1. re: aburkavage

                                That's the thing -- I love regular yogurt, like Yoplait -- but I am not a huge fan of these froyo places. Love the flavors, hate the consistency of the froyo.

                            2. This tart yogurt is originally from Korea. I went to Annandale this past weekend to try the Korean version (You can get it at Shilla Bakery ... but I'm sure many other dessert places around Annandale will serve the tart froyo) and I think they have a much better balance of the sweet vs tangy taste compared to the ones in the city.

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                              1. re: hosik

                                Interesting. I tried it at Shilla's yesterday. If this is what the buzz is all about, I think I'll stick to custard at Frozen Dairy Bar for my occasional guilty pleasure. It was a little tart, I guess, but also a little watery - not watery when frozen, but watery in my mouth when it started melting. $3 for a small size, which I'd call about the equivalent of a single scoop, with a few stawberries on top. Nothing to get excited about.

                                1. re: MikeR

                                  Is it really frozen custard, or is just soft ice cream?

                                  1. re: skipper

                                    Frozen Dairy Bar has real frozen custard. Very rich, and a single scoop goes a long way (at least for little ol' me). I can't imagine eating a triple sundae, but I see a lot of people walking away from the counter with a big cup or full waffle cone.

                                    It's made from a commercial mix base, which I think may be a health department requirement due to how raw eggs are handled. Seems that I've heard that but I can't remember if it was a local law or somewhere else.

                                    1. re: MikeR

                                      Thanks for the info, my wife is from Rochester NY where Abbot's is the place for frozen custard lovers and she is always looking to try her taste buds closer to the DC area.

                                      1. re: skipper

                                        Also I just had Dairy Godmother in Alexandria and enjoyed their custard, although wasn't huge on the mint, liked plain better, but plain was wonderful, I could have eaten it without a single topping and would have been quite happy.

                                        I think I am a sweet girl, these froyo places don't thrill me I will take my Dolcezza gelatto (or the place in Clarendon) and my custard any day.

                              2. I used to love the tangy frozen yogurt sold at Bloomingdale's restaurants---hoping for some of this tangy type yogurt out in NoVA.

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                                1. re: msdebsm

                                  Yeah! That's the stuff I remember, and the stuff I want. Nothing fancy about it other than they served it in a glass dish with a real spoon as opposed to a styrofoam cup and plastic spoon. They didn't call it tangy or tart or Korean, it was just frozen yogurt.

                                  I actually had something like that at the Larry's Cookies in Court House Plaza (Arlington) probably last summer. It came out of a soft-serve machine with a Colombo logo over it. A few months later I was in the area and stopped in for another dish and they didn't have it (for the season, I guess).

                                  1. re: MikeR

                                    Just had the frozen yogurt at Larry's Cookies a couple of weeks ago but it was Dannon -- chocolate, vanilla, or twist.

                                    1. re: slwh

                                      Right you are - Dannon. I looked up my post from nearly a year ago on the subject and I mentioned Dannon (not Colombo) there. Tried it again yesterday (Larry's Dannon) and it wasn't tangy at all, but cold, smooth, and creamy. Plenty to eat in a "small" - just slightly too much but I didn't want to throw it away <g> - and just a few cents over two bucks. And free parking can be found a few blocks away, a nice bit of exercise to walk off a couple of calories.

                                      1. re: MikeR

                                        I finally got to Mr. Yogato. My first impressions were positive.

                                        Mr. Yogato serves a variety of flavors (up to 18), but only rotates four flavors at a time. Peach, mojito, tangy, and soft were available when I stopped by. I chose peach and got chocolate chips to top it off. It cost me around $3.75. The frozen yogurt was delicious; it tasted more like yogurt than fake ice cream. I guess that is what makes it "tart." According to a HUGE sign on the wall, Mr. Yogato's is fat free and only 25 calories per serving (there are 5 servings in the little portion). Not bad.

                                        I thought the place was a little crazy... still the vibe was fun. I didn't feel like I was standing in line at CVS where all the employees could care less. Everyone at Mr. Yogato was really friendly.

                                        A few photos and my review are here http://arugulafiles.typepad.com/the_a...

                                        1. re: arugulafilesdc

                                          ^^So really it's 125 calories per serving? Why don't they just state that - it's not like that's a huge amount?

                                          1. re: beauxgoris

                                            it's 25 calories an ounce. not serving. each serving has a different number of ounces. And who knows if the ounce is served at an actual ounce.

                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                              Okay - we've done this twice now and the results have been confirmed (nevermind that it's a sample size of two): first, we tried TangySweet's original and green tea, then walked over to Mr. Yogato's and tried their tangy original and peach. IMHO, TangySweet's original is tangy-ier than Mr. Yogato's and I like TangySweet's version better. It's a little smoother and tastes more like yogurt rather than yogurt-pretending-to-be-ice-cream. HOWEVER, Mr. Yogato's gets SERIOUS points for ambience and their other flavors are delish. The peach + mochi combo rocks! TangySweet's ambience is fine, but when you walk into Mr. Yogato, you really feel like an excited little kid again and the staff are friendly and there's always a few of the owners hanging around, ready and willing to listen to your wacky flavor suggestions. My strategy from now on will be to stop by TangySweet first to get their original, then walk over to Mr. Yogato's to get whatever flavor sounds good + mochi!

                                  2. re: msdebsm

                                    The cafe at Lord and Taylor in Chevy Chase has that same tangy frozen yogurt as Bloomingdale's. Last time I had it to go they filled up a 20 oz cup for about $6.00. I don't know about the toppings, because I prefer it without. The yogurt was smooth and delicious.

                                    I had SweetGreen's today which comes with 3 toppings. The berries I chose were fresh and tasty, as was the froyo, but the consistency was odd, maybe icy as otherwise described. It was lumpy, anyway, not the creamy, smooth product I was hoping for.

                                    Tangy Sweet was much more what I was hoping for, maybe even better than Lord & Taylor, and it is available "naked". I've only had a teeny sample of Mr. Yogato that they were giving out on 17th Street in front of the store. Clearly, more research is in order!

                                  3. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Sweetgreen is the best of the bunch. I've tried SG a bunch of times, Mr. Yogato twice, and Tangysweet once.

                                    The whole Mr. Yogato concept is cute and the staff is super nice, but unfortunately that doesn't make up for two major issues: too sweet "tangy" and skimpy servings (especially at nearly $4 a pop for a small!). Also, the yogurt isn't as creamy as Sweetgreen--another strike.

                                    Sweetgreen's small is a generous serving (although that may depend on who is wielding the yogurt machine), the flavor truly is tangy, and you get 3 toppings for the price of the small. Plus, the place is eco-friendly and clean.

                                    As for Tangysweet, it's just ok. Again, the time I was there, the portion was definitely on the puny side and the flavor (original) was too sweet. The atmosphere was fine--but I'm not going there for that.

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                                    1. re: foodiejourno

                                      I agree. I just tried Mr. Yogato yesterday, and I hit Sweetgreen pretty often. I haven't been to Tangysweet yet, but I definitely like Sweetgreen best. The Mr. Yogato tangy was way too sweet. Plus, their almonds weren't toasted! (I almost always get strawberries, mango and almonds) I wish Sweetgreen weren't quite so stingy with the toppings, but it's definitely my favorite in DC. Pinkberry is better than both though.

                                      1. re: foodiejourno

                                        Considering I started this about a month ago, I thought I'd put my two cents in. I'm a HUGE fro yo fan, so I've been frequently eating the stuff non-stop this whole summer.

                                        At first I really liked Mr. Yogato. It was fun, they said they had four rotating flavors and I loved how the employees were constantly giving out samples while people waited in line (and gave out trivia discounts). However, when it comes down to it, their product is not that good. They original tangy isn't tangy enough and their original creamy is too sweet and not creamy enough. Their rotating flavors haven't really been changing much, and the flavors they have chosen (mojito, mango & peach) don't work with their product. Also, they have stopped giving out the free samples in line. Yes, people may already know the concept of this place, but if we're going to wait in line for 20 minutes, give us a sample to tempt us to stay in line. My biggest problem, though, is they haven't found an efficient way to serve the frozen yogurt. I understand the place is small but they need to have a better ordering system.

                                        Tangysweet I was having a love-hate relationship with. However, the love is back on. For a while they were having major efficiency problems too, but they have seemed to figure out a system now that works--most of the time. When it comes down to it, Tangysweet's frozen yogurt is so much tastier than Mr. Yogato. It might not be as "fun," but I'm not going to these places for that. I'm going for taste and their original is tangy and their green tea is delicious. In the past few weeks they have hired more help, so it's a much better experience going in there.

                                        Sweetgreens I've had a couple of times but it's a far trek out to Georgetown. Their product is good (much better than Mr. Yogato) but if I'm in Georgetown and craving some frozen delights, I'll be heading to Thomas Sweets!

                                        1. re: foodiejourno

                                          I have yet to get to Mr. Yogato, but between Tangysweet and Sweetgreen there's no question--I'd pick Tangysweet anyday!

                                          I found Sweetgreen's yogurt to be too icy. Plus once I got blueberries as one of my toppings and they were frozen solid too.

                                          In the end, when it comes to tangy yogurt I prefer au natural (i.e. no toppings). And between these two, Tangysweet is certainly on top.

                                          Here's to hoping we get more tangy yogurt in the Downtown/Penn Quarter/Mount Vernon Square area! (Where I live and work!)

                                        2. Since the temps went back to normal August hot today I decided to pop into Yo Fruit. Yo Fruit is located in the strip mall in Annandale on Little River Turnpike which contains the Safeway. On my first visit to Yo fruit I had not been impressed with the pomegranate tart fro-yo. I found it not very tart and seemed to be more like conventional fro-yo, not the Korean tart stuff. Today's visit left a completely different impression. The machines were dispensing Mango, Vanilla and Green Tea fro yo. I selected a small mango - no topping. However my cup only got half filled when either the machine jammed or the mango ran out. I told the ladies to fill the rest of the serving with green tea and boy was I glad. I found both the green tea and mango to be awesome tasty tart and the combo of the the two was really complementary. I always get mine to go, but the seating area is cute and funky and the staff very welcoming. I look forward to trying more flavors albeit I'll skip the pomegranate but will so be repeating the green tea and mango combo.

                                          1. Because of this Post I decided to see for myself what all the FroYo Wars were about and our first venture was TangySweet.
                                            I have to thank Jacey because now I am hooked on this stuff. So we decided to try ALL the places mentioned and then some and also frequented some of these places more than once.
                                            TangySweet: Excellent, i enjoy the tangy taste with the fresh cut fruit. Staff was friendly and the place is so clean you notice it immediately. This is a plus since there is a great deal of food prep that you want cross-contamination to be nil
                                            Decor is very cool especially at night with the lighting. (Been here 5+ times)
                                            Mr. Yogato: a little sweeter than I expected but it was still good. I guess I was looking for the tangy taste.
                                            Staff was friendly but we answered the 'Trivia Question' for the 10% disc. and we asked about it they were so busy he asked if he could do it after the line died down. yeah right like we were going to wait. I think it was all bs but oh well not going back anyway.
                                            Place was filthy from outside all the way to the Yogurt Machines.
                                            This was a big turn-off for our group because of this we will not return.
                                            Ice Berry: This place is excellent and we have been back 10+ times. Uber clean... staff is very friendly except when you get one of the owners. They are polite but they want you to pay and MOVE ON. We are always in a group so we always find the humor in it. Reminds us of the 'Soup Nazi' episode in Seinfeld
                                            Flavors are spot-on for what you expect. Fresh fruit is always fresh and cut nicely.
                                            Only other thing is you never know what size to order because depending on who is pulling the slot machine arm on the FroYo machine yo never know what you really going to get I have had a small that was too large and a large that seemed too small.
                                            Medium with 3 toppings seems to be the safe bet.
                                            They are in Reston and now Springfield. Reston is by far the nicest Springfield is next to a Giant Foods but the area is a little shady in the eve.(Been 10+ times)
                                            Shillas: Not really anything special, don't ask for a sample they will look at you like you asked for a sample of their blood. The bakery items although are very good apparently they are very popular because of the baked goods and FroYo was an afterthought.(Went once that was enough)
                                            GreenBerry's : The Mclean location is the only one that has this so far. It is a small part of their business and the newest and it shows because it is crammed into the back corner of an already small very busy location;
                                            The FroYo was very tasty and fruit is always fresh. Staff is amazing
                                            parking is very ample.(Been here 10+ times)
                                            Sweet Green's: This is OK but the FroYo was a bit on the icy side and was very 'airy' fruit was very good but with the yogurt it seemed like it was a bit lacking. ( Been 2 times and not going back)
                                            Yogi Berri: This is in Olney MD, Decor was amazing, FroYo was a bit on the sweet side but still very good. Fruit and topping selection was the best to date. Staff was very friendly and portions were larger than expected.
                                            only drawback Olney,MD??? this is somewhere between Silver Spring and Gaithersburg, MD we went because we were curious plus it had such a cool name.
                                            They are opening in Rockville in the Fall apparently.
                                            I have been hearing some talk that a place in Merrifield will be opening in the coming months I will keep you all posted

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                                            1. re: foodiecritics

                                              I was at Moby Dick in McLean at lunch today and thought I'd try the frozen yogurt at Gerrenberry. At $4.50 for a serving whether I wanted the three "free" toppings or not (I didn't) I decided to pass.

                                              Why is this stuff so expensive? Maybe just because it's not all that common any more.

                                              1. re: foodiecritics

                                                I noticed that Bumblefish (fast food sushi) in Old Town Alexandria has a sign saying they have tart frozen yogurt.

                                                1. re: cheesepowder

                                                  I tried it a couple weeks ago, its pretty good and I found it to be very refreshing. I got rainbow sprinkles on mine, I don't recall them having many options for toppings.

                                              2. I'm addicted to the IceBerry in Springfield (near home). Now I'm craving some tart fro-yo at work. Anyone know of anywhere in the Penn Quarter/Chinatown area?

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                                                1. re: JoanArkham

                                                  TangySweet is opening up a second outpost there. Can't remember exactly where, but def in the PQ area - passed by the other day and the coming soon sign was up.

                                                  1. re: tld373

                                                    7th and E in the old Juan Valdez location.

                                                    1. re: KWynn

                                                      YES! Thank you. I will keep an eye out for when it opens...although now seems like an odd time of year to open a fro-yo shop.

                                                2. I heard that a froyo place is opening up in Cleveland Park, in the old Foster Brothers space, sometime in October. I'm blanking on the name, but their website also proposes a frozen ice dish, very intriguing...

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                                                  1. re: hamster

                                                    Oh, it's Yogi Berri. Should have read foodiecritics' comprehensive thread above before posting!

                                                  2. Does anyone know when Iceberry in Georgetown is planning to open. The "Opening Soon" sign has been up a long time now.

                                                    1. Cali Yogurt has come to Adams Morgan. I've passed by their store with a "Coming soon" sign up and have been waiting for this one to open, hopefully soon. I have been to their Cali location and they taste better than Pink Berry IMO.

                                                      1. Went to Tangysweet the other day and they had -- as a topping -- pomegrante seeds. Oh man, I was in heaven. I need to figure out where they get those. Maybe they just prepare them themselves. I know Whole Foods sells them but they are like $20/pound (of course you are paying for the labor -- pomegrantes themselves are not that expensive).

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                                                        1. re: masonuc

                                                          Yogiberry in Cleveland Park also has pomegranate seeds as a topping.

                                                          1. re: hamster

                                                            went the other night. tasty enough, but holy crap it was expensive. Almost $6.

                                                            I can buy TWO pints of ben and jerrys for that price, and it'll probably taste better.

                                                        2. Last week I walked by iceberry in Georgetown. They said they were aiming to open this week. Does anyone know if they have? I'm excited to hear a report about the Georgetown location.

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                                                          1. re: Jacey

                                                            I was on a bus yesterday that went by Iceberry and they looked open! I was planning on trying it out tomorrow, and since i was just up in NY and had Pinkberry, there is a lot to live up to.

                                                            1. re: caphill2320

                                                              Yes, Iceberry is definitely open. I walked by on Wednesday and they were serving customers.

                                                              1. re: hamster

                                                                Tried it out last weekend. Pretty good. They had original tangy, green tea (quite strong tasting), strawberry and some melon flavor. I still like tangysweet's orginal better but Iceberry is a lot better than Mr. Yogalato.

                                                                They also make waffles here with some great toppings..

                                                          2. Has anyone had the hot chocolate at TangySweet? Got an email saying they were doing it for the winter and it was supposed to be 'amazing'...wondered if it lived up to the hype!

                                                            1. Supposedly the Tangysweet in Chinatown is opening today. Does anyone have any word on this?

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                                                              1. re: Jacey

                                                                Are you talking about the corner of 7th and E? Not quite Chinatown. Think Penn Quarter! Anyway, not as of this a.m., but there has been a lot of activity in there at night, including racks of cupcakes. I'm not familiar with Tangysweet, and wonder why a frozen dessert place would open in the winter, although I guess it will look for the Shakespeare/Harman crowd.

                                                                1. re: nickdanger

                                                                  Actually Nickdanger, the whole area is called Chinatown/Penn Quarter until you hit D St.

                                                                2. re: Jacey

                                                                  I heard it's open now, and offering free samples today.

                                                                3. Also, FYI, the Caliyogurt on 18th in Adams Morgan is open and I believe having a "grand opening" tomorrow (Saturday Dec 20), which should mean some free stuff, I guess.

                                                                  I can't tell that it's tart-style, though, and haven't been there. Does anyone know anything?

                                                                  I agree a strange time to be opening a frozen yogurt place, but they also seem to be making a big deal about their tea.

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                                                                  1. re: mselectra

                                                                    Their tea is from www.tavalon.com, if you've never tried it, it is worth making a big deal over!

                                                                  2. I've eaten at Tangysweet, Shilla (Centreville), and Mr. Yogato.
                                                                    Tangysweet was my favorite (great consistency, topped with blueberries, mochi, and captain crunch).
                                                                    Side note: Is tangysweet really opening a location? I know the owner's sister is opening Red Velvet Cupcakery in Penn Quarter, which is next to Chinatown

                                                                    Shilla Centreville was runny and I didn't like the toppings, though the Annandale one looked better (huge bowls with cornflakeS).

                                                                    Mr. Yogato is... okay. I don't like their flavors (coffee tasted horrible) and the consistency was off. They have a lot of toppings, but none that I'm that interested in. (Had vanilla wafers + fruity pebbles + chocolate).

                                                                    I haven't had a chance to try Iceberry because the Georgetown one hasn't opened yet.

                                                                    My verdict: Sorry, but my favorite tangy yogurt was had in Kanagawa, Japan (http://www.yogorino.com/). I haven't had anything to rival it here! Runner up is tangysweet -- you have to ask for the mochi though!

                                                                    pictures (in order): yogorino, yogato, shilla (sorry, i lost my tangysweet pic!)

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                                                                    1. re: discojing

                                                                      Check out Yogiberry in Cleveland Park. Pretty tasty. And the Iceberry in Georgetown is indeed open.

                                                                    2. Prediction: The so-called "tart frozen yogurt" movement is going to run its course in a matter of a couple of years...probably less. A lot of these places are going to fail.

                                                                      I simply don't get the attraction of the product. After trying several different places over the last 6 months (Pinkberry, Mr. Yogato, YogiBerry, Iceberry, and Tangysweet), I don't see anything that extends beyond the fad aspect.

                                                                      I stand around in these stores and watch the mostly upscale parents go on and on about how wonderful this stuff is, while their poor kids can't understand why the nice people behind the counter forgot to add sugar to the frozen glop in their cups. (As usual, the kids understand that "the Emperor has no clothes".)

                                                                      This type of product has a very iffy value proposition. They are essentially taking straight, plain yogurt with very little sweetner and no stabilizer - and they are just freezing it into a often grainy, tart-to-sour substance that is roughly the texture of ice milk. The flavorings (such as green tea) are often very cheap. Novel toppings like mochi (mashed, pressed, sweetened rice cake that anyone can make), fresh cut fruit, and granola may be different, but after a while the novelty will wear off and the consumer will realize that they are overpriced.

                                                                      Even Iceberry (which I like) isn't what it appears. I have learned that the main raw product is a powder (shipped from Italy) that is added to milk and frozen into a yogurt-like frozen dessert. I have no issue with the fact that they reconstitute their product. However, the fact that it costs $5-6 for a medium (which is roughly the size of a large one-scoop sundae with about 2 ounces of topping) seems a bit ridiculous.

                                                                      Oh yeah...the best part. In return for the honor of purchasing these fu-fu frozen concoctions, you get small (often micro) portions and have to pay $2-3 more than you would with more common ice cream, or traditional frozen yogurt sundae.

                                                                      Bottom line: Cheap ingredients + small portions + high prices + lots of advertising hype = A bad business model with a very limited future.

                                                                      I'm glad to see diversity in the marketplace, but this is a fad (and a primarily urban fad, at that). Somehow, I don't think the boys at Dairy Queen and Baskin-Robbins are sweating over this.

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                                                                      1. re: Sean D

                                                                        I'm pretty sure Yogato will be around.

                                                                        Why? because it's fun. You get trivia, lots of fun ways to get discounts, the staff/owner are really inviting and I don't think it's too expensive.

                                                                        With our trivia and stamp card, we got 4 smalls (smalls are bigger than they were last year with more toppings) for $9. Have to get a plain one for the dog, of course.
                                                                        I agree that the sterile boring ones like the one in Cleveland Park probably won't be around long, but I think Mr Yogato brings something great to our neighborhood. The BR is horrible with miserable employees.

                                                                        yogato is just plain fun!

                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                          I think Yogato will be around because it's in a better spot than the closer Fro-Yo places.

                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                            I was re-reading your post trying to figure out what you meant about "BR', but now I get it and totally agree. I had an awful experience not too long at the BR in Woodley Park. I mean, how difficult is it to make a decent, edible hot fudge sundae? Apparently, at BR it takes a village (LOL). i was waited on by at least 3 people and none of them knew what they were doing. Then after paying $6, I got a small cup of what looked like a hot fudged sundae, but the hot fudge was like cold rubber and there was more whipped cream than ice cream! I was so exasperated that I just threw the sundae out. If I had known about the Mr. Yogato in CP, I would have gone there.

                                                                            1. re: Gigi007

                                                                              Is there a Mr. Yogato in Cleveland Park? I think Jeserf was referring to the "sterile" one in the little mall, where Foster's coffee used to be? (I haven't been to that one.)

                                                                              I did happen to go to Mr Yogato (17th St) yesterday, first time in a very long time, and confirmed that I still really like it.

                                                                              1. re: mselectra

                                                                                I don't know b/c I haven't been there either. Jeserf referred to one. By little mall, if you mean the "Park and Shop" where Magruder's used to be, that might be the location, but again, I haven't been there. Maybe Jeserf can provide more info.

                                                                                1. re: Gigi007

                                                                                  Hi Gigi -- I realized I could easily look this up -- the only DC location of Mr. Yogato seems to be the 17th street one, but it looks like one has opened in Fells Point, Baltimore: http://www.mryogato.com/store-informa...

                                                                                  I believe Jeserf lives in the U Street area and mentions somewhere above walking the dog to Mr. Yogato -- she wrote that quite a while ago, though (in an argument with Sean) -- this is a pretty mammoth thread at this point.

                                                                                  I'm pretty positive that a froyo place took over the Foster's space, yes, near where Magruder's used to be in CP. I don't know if anyone has actually reviewed it on this thread, though.

                                                                                  1. re: mselectra

                                                                                    Thanks, mselectra. Maybe Jeserf is talking about another place in Cleveland Park; she posted about it in May, which wasn't all that long ago. I'm in CP pretty frequently, but tend not to notice what's going on in the Park and Shop plaza. There are so many empty storefronts, that it's depressing. One positive development is that Palena will be expanding into the former Magruder's space.

                                                                                    I definitely need to expand my froyo horizons and will try to mak it to the Mr. Yogato on 17th Street. I don't think I'll become a froyo fanatic, but I have to say after eating rather average froyo in Friendship Heights (which I've already posted about), I thought it would make a good lunch or late afternoon snack. I'm late to the party, but better late than never, I guess! Thanks again.

                                                                                2. re: mselectra

                                                                                  It's Yogiberry in Cleveland Park. I tried it when they opened a year ago, but haven't been back in the neighborhood.

                                                                                  I heard Tangysweet is opening a 3rd location at 15th and P next to Lululemon. I think that will cut some of Yogato's client base for sure.

                                                                                  1. re: hamster

                                                                                    wow that's right next to Pitango Gelato, right? Not sure that's a smart move, in tangy frozen yogurt vs gelato, I'm guessing gelato has an advantage.

                                                                                    I missed your review of Yogiberry last year, now I really need to try it.

                                                                                    (And I got #100 reply to this thread ;)

                                                                                    1. re: mselectra

                                                                                      Yeah, I'm not sure how that will work out. There is the whole health factor which Tangysweet has going for it, especially next door to a gym, yoga studio, and Whole Foods.
                                                                                      By the way, I tried Pitango finally, and found it underwhelming. Maybe it was the flavors that I sampled (chocolate and apricot), but I found the tastes really weak and watery. Dolcezza is a lot better.

                                                                                      1. re: hamster

                                                                                        Have you tried the dark chocolate noir (I think it's called)? I thought that was pretty good and rich. I've heard some raving about the affogatto (is that what it's called, it's espresso over gelato and looks great) and the "sipping" hot chocolate was a nice treat. But I like Dolcezza better too. Actually, I think I prefer tangy frozen yogurt, but I'll only admit that here where I'm anonymous.

                                                                                        1. re: hamster

                                                                                          I have yet to try Pitango, but have heard the same comments as yours from friends. I'm a Dolcezza addict myself. The range of peach flavors that they had about a month or two ago was outstanding, and I love to pair the fruity flavors with the hazelnut chocolate.

                                                                            2. My husband and I finally got around to trying our first tart frozen yogurt at the PQ Tangysweet before the Bruce Springsteen concert. (Husband had the green tea flavor and I had the pomegranate flavor.) Loved the stuff, so I'd like to locate some places where we can get our fix in N. Virginia. With warmer weather here, I thought I'd revive this thread since all but one of the posts are a year old.

                                                                              Are there any new brands worth trying in the metro area? I noticed a big sign about yogurt draped across the front of the Greenberry's coffee shop in McLean? Is their yogurt good? Are there any locations of Pinkberry, Tangysweet, etc located in Northern Virginia or is tart yogurt essentially a DC thing?


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                                                                              1. re: Indy 67

                                                                                I love the yogurt at Sweetgreen... Have yet to try the others.

                                                                                1. re: Indy 67

                                                                                  Nope, Northern Virginia has IceBerry, Yogen Fruz, and Tart yogurt available at all Shilla Bakeries.

                                                                                  My highest recommendation goes to Shilla. You can get a small, medium, or large yogurt with toppings, but the BEST is the Yogurt Bing Soo, which is that monstrous concoction below that has shaved ice with a little sweetened condensed milk topped with a heaping pile of delicious tart yogurt, oodles of fruit, and frosted flakes.

                                                                                  There are many many Shillas in Northern Virginia, but the best is the original @ Annandale. In fact, I've had the yogurt at the Centreville location and can vouch that the Annandale location is better. But, if you want a quick pastry or boba bubble tea fix, any will do. (There is one in Centreville, two in Fairfax, and I'm sure many more peppered around the county)

                                                                                  My #2 is Iceberry (Reston and South Riding as well as Georgetown). I love the Honeydew flavor with gummy bears on top.

                                                                                  #3 is Yogen Fruz (Tysons Corner mall and Reston Town Center)
                                                                                  I've tried the Green Tea Lychee mixture twice and don't care much for it. The chocolate is much better and I haven't tried the vanilla.

                                                                                  All are about the same price. I've been to tangysweet (green tea flavor is yummy!), and Mr. Yogato (didn't care for), but have not been to sweet green, which seems to be the only place left on my map to conquer!

                                                                                  Shilla Bakery
                                                                                  7039 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

                                                                                  1. re: discojing

                                                                                    I love tangy yogurt and get it pretty often. I like them in this order.

                                                                                    1) Mr. Yogato (I love the owner and the vibe and the fact that it's not a chain - I also love their original tangy flavor, especially with li hing mui powder - only Mr. Yogato has that as a topping. It's also cheaper - and I always get a head stamp for 10% off -- it used to be 20% off!)

                                                                                    2) Tangy Sweet (I go here more than Mr. Yogato because their locations are more convenient for me. I love the green tea with kiwi fruit.)

                                                                                    3) Sweet Green (it's OK and if I happen to be near one and have a yen for tangy yogurt, I go, but taste-wise, I don't think it is nearly as good as the first two)

                                                                                    4) Yogenfruz -- don't bother.

                                                                                    1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                                                      I can see that I have some catching up to do on the froyo front. I've yet to try Mr. Yogato or Tangy Sweet. So far, I've tried Sweet Green, Iceberry, and FroYo (the self-service place on Wisconsin Avenue on the patio in front of Booeymonger's). Regarding tangy frozen yogurt, I'd say that Sweet Green and Iceberry are good. FroYo's version didn't taste very tangy at all, but I did like their classic chocolate and vanilla flavors (and at $.39/oz., it's a pretty good deal).

                                                                                      1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                                                        This list sounds about right to me.

                                                                                        Wanted to mention, if you all haven't seen it, there's a Sweet Green truck around town. I found them at 19th&L recently, but she told me they usually park at 20th (I think I'm remembering right). What I really appreciated was that they sell a $2 cone of the plain flavor, which is pretty much exactly the size and flavor that I want (instead of the usual $4.00+ with two toppings being the minimum.)

                                                                                        1. re: mselectra

                                                                                          Good to know. mselectra, you always have great tips!

                                                                                  2. There's a new tart frozen yogurt place in Rockville -- Berry Cup. Both the yogurt and the toppings are self-serve, and then it's weighed. They charge 45 cents an ounce.

                                                                                    I thought the yogurt was not as good as Mr. Yogato's, but loved that it was self-serve and that it's so much closer to me than Dupont!