MyLife in Metro DC: Yogato Have Some!

10 May
May 10, 2011

As promised in the last MyLife in Metro DC post, I’ve started to include “guest” writers as part of this blog to help keep you informed of ALL the fun things to do around our city.  So while I was at Gold Cup this weekend watching the races and sipping on mint juleps, Avery-Hess’s very own Stephanie Weaver got the scoop on one of the most unique yogurt shops in town.  Sounds delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try!  Thanks Stephanie!

 

The temperature is rising, the birds are chirping and the yogurt is churning. That’s right, springtime is here and that means ice cream and specialty yogurt stores are bustling with patrons waiting for their favorite flavors.

If you are one of those that loves to get real frozen yogurt on warm spring day, Mr. Yogato is a place worthy of a visit.

The yogurt shop is a small, narrow space located on 17th Street NW, between Q and Church Street, a few blocks from the Dupont metro station. The exterior is simple, but the sign is bright so you can’t miss it while walking down 17th Street.

When you walk in, you’ll first notice a large billboard covered with various ways to get discounts on your yogurt purchase. One way to get a discount is to correctly answer one of the posted trivia questions, while other ways are a bit more comical.

Some examples of what you might find on the board:

“What are 7 body parts that have only three letters…5% off”

or

“Order like Edith Bunker…5% off”

The board changes often so you don’t have time to go to the library, research the answer and come back for your discount, because chances are they have already moved on to other trivia.

Feeling daring?  To get a 10% discount on your purchase, you can have your forehead branded with a stamp that reads, “Mr Yogato Stamped Me.”  But beware, while the discount is tempting, it’s real ink and will take some time to scrub off!

While there are many discount options, even if choose not to participate the prices are moderate and reasonable.  They vary depending on the size of your yogurt and how many toppings you choose.

When you are ready to order, simply choose a small, medium, or large from the Flavors of the Day (the flavors available when I went were Original Soft, Original Tangy and White Choco-Keem) and your toppings. There are an array of toppings to choose from such as strawberries, mangoes, Oreos, and Reese’s cups. There are even free toppings that include sprinkles, honey, cinnamon, sea salt, balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil.

After you grab your cup of frozen yogurt, turn to one of the three small tables they have for people to enjoy their yogurt, relax and play games. One table is dedicated to the original (1990’s) Nintendo with several games to choose from and another has karaoke if you dare. You’ll also find several board games stacked by the window sit to play if those are more to your liking.

After you finish, if you decide you are truly in love with Mr Yogato, go there for 30 days in a row and they will name a flavor after you.

After all, wouldn’t you like to go where everybody knows your name?

- Stephanie

 

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