Review: The Mother of All Froyo
I didn’t know that one of the original trendsetters of froyo (the other being Red Mango) had made its way from California to Georgia, much less north Georgia. But here it is, located in Akers Mill on Cobb Parkway.
Compared to Yogurt Tap, Yoforia, Menchie’s and Yogli-Mogli, Pinkberry looks far better. The inside feels full, inviting and modern where the other places tend to feel emptier and more childish.
As for the froyo itself, it’s very different from other competitors. Pinkberry had five flavors to choose from — original, chocolate, mango, coconut, watermelon — and the flavor profile of each was more focused on the actual flavor of yogurt than the variation. So when I tried watermelon, I could taste the yogurt and then a hint of watermelon. I prefer this approach because it gives room for toppings to play a greater part.
Pinkberry is not self-serve and is more expensive, but ultimately I think it’s worth it. When I was eating outside with my friends, a waiter brought out a tray of ice water before clearing our empty cups. Points for service!
Now having been to Pinkberry, I take back my comment that all froyo places are the same. Maybe all imitators of Pinkberry and Red Mango are the same but the originals, at least Pinkberry, are different. The yogurt tastes smoother and stronger (not that sour atrocity Yogli-Mogli serves), and so if I’m going to pick my yogurt, I’m going to pick Pinkberry.