Food Fight: Menchie's vs. Yagoot
A new wave of yogurt shops is putting a healthy twist on the frozen treat with tart, probiotic yogurt. But two local purveyors have taken different approaches to serving the not-too-sweet stuff: Yagoot's limited lineup focuses on fresh fruit, while Menchie's wide selection of toppings and self-serve setup lets patrons build their own oversized sundaes. Let's see how the new yogurt slingers stack up.
Serving size, $4.75
Menchie's: 10.8 ounces with toppings (you pay by weight, 44 cents per ounce)
Yagoot: 8.5 ounces yogurt, plus three toppings ("medium")
No. of yogurt flavors
No. of toppings
Most unusual topping
Menchie's: Sno-Caps - rainbow and dark chocolate!
Yagoot: Mochi, a sweet Japanese rice cake
Menchie's: Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams, Cap'n Crunch, Lucky Charms
Yagoot: Cap'n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles
Menchie's: Some fresh berries and bananas; canned pineapple and mandarin oranges
Yagoot: Fresh kiwi, berries, mango and pineapple; bananas sliced fresh to order
Menchie's: Yes! It's a blast pouring your own yogurt and going nuts with the toppings. (Reality sets in at weigh-in.)
Yagoot: Eh. The small shop is cute but utilitarian. Good luck finding a place to sit when the mall is crowded.
Menchie's: Sweet and uncomplicated. The raspberry yogurt tasted a little like soft-serve ice cream.
Yagoot: Tart, tangy and refreshing. The strawberry yogurt had a complex, fresh-fruit flavor.
Yagoot. Menchie's topping bar is a lot of fun, but Yagoot takes the probiotic blue ribbon for its fresh flavors and delightfully tangy yogurt.