Best Frozen Yogurt
Best: Thomas Sweet
3214 P St. NW, (202) 337-0616
2nd Best: Mr. Yogato
1515 17th St. NW, (202) 629-3531
Thank god for Thomas Sweet. This Georgetown ice cream shop seems to be the only place left where you can order cones of old-fashioned flavors like peppermint, peanut butter, strawberry, and an ever-so-simple yet satisfying, vanilla/chocolate twist. This past year witnessed the invasion of the sweet-and-sour fro-yo popularized by the California chain Pinkberry. In June, TangySweet opened in Dupont Circle. Then came Mr. Yogato on 17th Street. Then, another TangySweet location arrived in Penn Quarter. And finally, CaliYogurt opened up last December in Adams Morgan. They’re all fine—satisfying, but waaaaay too expensive. For example, a small serving with two toppings (never generously applied) at CaliYogurt will run you more than $5. So which newfangled cream deserves second place? I gotta give it to Mr. Yogato, mostly because of its wackiness and anything-goes approach to toppings. Sitting on Yogato’s counter right now are the following free top- pings: Hershey’s chocolate syrup, agave nectar honey, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, chili powder, poppy seeds, basil leaves, ginger powder, ground cloves, nutmeg, and Old Bay seasoning (used “not too frequently,” according to one employee). The brains behind the shop is rocket scientist Steve Davis, who has created flavors as diverse as “blizcherry” to “del boca chazel” (black cherry and choco-hazelnut, respectively). The bizzaro names are generated from an in-house tradition: Visit Yogato 30 days in a row, and you get your name—first or last—into a flavor. I doubt any can top Thomas Sweet’s Oreo yogurt. But when a fro-yo craving strikes, wacky will suffice.