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May 3, 2011 12:28 PM

Looking for Best Yogurt in the Bay Area

I have been trying to eat yogurt more often for breakfast. I have been eating Straus's low-fat yogurt, but recently decided I wanted to try a Greek style yogurt. So because Fage gets a ton of hype on Chowhound, I decided to try it out, and I bought a tub of the 2%.
Ugh... this stuff is flavorless and chalky. There is no tang to it like there is with the Straus yogurt that I am used to.
I understand that apparently Fage's quality is not the same as it used to be, but there are still so many posters on Chowhound that swear by it... I thought if would be halfway decent. As it is, it is barely edible by my standards; although, I'm sure I can make it through the tub if I mix in some Straus yogurt, honey, and tons of strawberries.

So this brings me to my question... what is the best yogurt available in the bay area (Greek style or otherwise)? What yogurt should I try next (or should I just go back to Straus)? I am really looking for low-fat yogurt that I can afford to eat a few times a week, but we can discuss full fat and expensive options as well for curiosity's sake. We have a lot of local options that are not available elsewhere (like Straus), so I am posting here and not one of the other boards.

Thanks in Advance

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  1. Are you looking for Greek-style yogurt because of consistency? For thick yogurts, I like Chobani. The 0% is pretty OK, the full fat obviously better. I prefer it to Fage as it's sourer and less paste-y. I also like its high protein content; it leaves me satiated for a long time versus Strauss and other milkier yogurts.

    Voskos is good too. I haven't tried the plain, just the fruit, but they're less sweet than "regular" yoghurt.

    FWIW I find Siggi's (actually marketed as skyr, not yogurt but generally placed in the same section) horrific -- bland and grainy with a thick wallpaper paste texture. But the "Skyr" brand of skyr is pretty good. Creamy texture but light.

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    1. re: bgbc

      I concur with bgbc; the high protein content yogurt (recommended to me by a nutritionist) keeps me satiated for many hours. I buy the highest protein content stuff I can find and that's been Voskos nonfat or Brown Cow greek style nonfat. A half cup of yogurt with fruit and walnuts or almonds is my go-to weekday breakfast. The fruit and nuts cut the pasty/chalkiness of this type of yogurt. When I want yogurt with a taste that I love I go for Pavel's organic lowfat or St. Benoit, but the latter is quite expensive.

    2. The best yogurt I've had in this area is sheep's milk yogurt, but it's quite expensive. And any commercial yogurt has additives that result in horrible texture. I agree, yogurts have gotten worse recently.

      I recommend the Brown Cow yogurts (cream top on full fat and part-skim). They are private labeled at Trader Joe's and even full price are less than $1 each at Whole Foods. They have the advantage of being plain yogurt with separate fruit or sweeteners.

      Russian groceries often have a lot of less expensive and tart dairy products, as do Arab-owned markets. Head out to a place like New World on Geary & 22nd or Parkway Market on Taraval and 15th and try some of the options there.

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      1. re: Windy

        Brown Cow is private-labeled at TJ's? I had no idea. Thanks for the tip. Do you remember if they have maple (my favorite flavor)?

        I get them for $.99 tops at Lucky in Oakland.

        1. re: pockyjunkie

          I think they do have maple--it's so good, as is cherry-vanilla. It's labeled "cream top" yogurt.

          1. re: Windy

            Ahh, I have definitely seen those in the case. Thanks!

      2. I would recommend trying the Trader Joe's Greek yogurt next; I liked the whole fat much better than the 0%, but 2% is not bad either (but more watery and bitter than the whole fat).

        You can also try Saint Benoit French Yogurt; it's more milky than greek yogurt; it is however more expensive than most being that the little ceramic pots are recycleable/returnable.

        1. First place in the Chronicle's Taster's Choice for plain Greek-style yoghurt went to Trader's Joe's by a comfortable margin; Fage was far down the list:

          1. Cooks Illustrated just did a taste-off of nonfat Greek Yogurt. The winner was Olympus (imported from Greece), followed by Voskos and Brown Cow Greek.