Years ago, when I lived in the valley, I went to my neighborhood Menchie’s at least once or twice a week. I was obsessed with their strawberry banana flavor and caramel cup toppings. Since moving to the east side two years ago, my ventures into Burbank are few and far between. However, when I was forced to head north during one of the hottest weekends in Los Angeles, I knew a Menchie’s stop was in order.
I was happy to see upon entering the shop that it remained as darling as I remembered. The heavily air conditioned joint is filled with pink and green decor and smiley workers that look like they just love the yogurt they’re slinging. Unfortunately, when I went to check out the flavors, my strawberry banana was missing, and not replaced with anything too promising. None of the flavors called out to me other than red velvet, which was extremely dark in color and was a bit tangy for my taste. The peanut butter was too savory, the watermelon a little funky and the original tart more sour
than tart. I ended up selecting angel food cake which was mild and light (although not totally reminiscent of angel food cake) and adding a little bit of milk chocolate fro yo to go with it.
Next I headed to the toppings bar, which was also a bit uninspired. There were your typical candies and cereals, but some of the fruit, namely the bananas, were browned and looked like they had been sitting out for a bit too long. They do keep their dry toppings in covered plastic cases, which keeps them far cleaner and more organized as most. I was happiest with their crushed thin mint cookies toppings, which mixed quite nicely with my chosen flavors.
After paying for my yogurt and feeling a little disappointed with the flavor and topping selection, I sat outside in the sweltering heat to attempt to enjoy my fro yo. One bite in, I was renewed. I remembered why Menchie’s is one of my favorite shops. The texture of their yogurt can’t be beat. It’s smooth, creamy and the perfect combination of firm and soft. Even in 95 degree heat, my yogurt stood strong until my very last bite.
3800 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank, CA 91505