Holy awesome fro-yo excitement overload! The place is cheerfully decorated in bright pink and light green, with holy beams of light emanating from the yogurt machines (okay, maybe the heat had me hallucinating, not to mention I always lurve me some ice cream). "Welcome to Menchie's!" one of two, young cashiers casually yelled in my direction.
I REALLY enjoy traditional ice cream most but often end up shoveling low-cal fro-yo into my pie hole because I feel less guilty about eating it, and the flavor options are getting better and better all the time. Those who knew me in college can attest to this… I scooped ice cream at Hogdson's Pharmacy in Athens and only gained maybe… eh… 15 pounds that year? How can you turn down free chocolate malts and scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough?!? Anyway, I digress… One thing I DON'T love about frozen yogurt is that it's sometimes gritty or tastes non-dairy (I prefer my fro-yo creamy so it tricks me as much as possible into thinking it's legit ice cream). Menchie's flavors were probably some of the creamiest/rich ones I've tasted.
One thing I forgot to check, however, was the ingredients (not sure if they have organic or dairy-free offerings).
– $0.44 per ounce (compared to The Yogurt Tap's $0.39/ounce)
– $1 for waffle cone
– 14 flavors to choose from with free samples
– 25+ toppings (including candies, brownies, cookies and fresh fruits)
When I visited last Sunday, the shop was managed chaos. Kids, adults, young and old alike were out to get their fro-yo fix. Despite the crowd, I didn't wait in any lines at the spouts or to pay.
The flavors change regularly, but many are staples. Here's what was on tap when I stopped by (each pairing can be swirled):
Dulce de leche
Thin mint cookie
York peppermint patty
Zesty orange tart
Strawberry lemonade sorbet
Key lime sorbet
I filled up on three flavors (luscious lemon, cake batter and dulce de leche). I' m kind of a fro-yo purist, so no toppings for me. The cake batter was divine (similar to Marble Slab's flavor, but left me feeling much less guilty). The luscious lemon was probably my favorite, reminiscent of the lemon custard hand-scooped variety my siblings and I enjoyed so much as kids. Dulce de leche – meh. Overall this flavor was much to sweet for me.
– Convenient parking
– Creamy texture
– Allegedly low-calorie (versus traditional ice cream)
– The number and variety of flavor choices
– Convenient parking and flavor choices (because I see a weight gain in my future! It may be low-cal but it's not no-cal…)
– I felt a little guilty not spending my dollars at my local establishment Yogurt Tap, and I feel even more guilty admitting I enjoyed the texture/flavors/etc. more than Yogurt Tap's! Ah!
Toco Hills Promenade
3011 N. Druid Hills Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Mon-Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 10pm
(This is the location I visited, but Menchie's has locations nationwide)
What's your favorite fro-yo in Atlanta?