There are still months to go until Austin takes its rightful place amongst the list of cities with a Trader Joe's. Ultimately, in fact, it seems that we will have at least three locations in the area. But before that joyful day, a trek to San Antonio must be made to browse their aisles for delicious lemon curd and other tasty treats.
And while we're down there, we might as well have some froyo, right? Especially when we have a Groupon. Yup, if there's a Groupon, we'd be crazy not to.
Yogurt Zone: 255 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
When I visited: Sunday, June 30th, around 1 pm
Cost per ounce: 48 cents
Samples (new review criteria!): Cups sitting out on the counter
Nutrition information: Available online
Number of flavors: 12
Sorbet options: 2
Experience: This shop is located in one of those strip malls that forces you to slowly drive through, eyes peeled for the particular suite you are looking for that Google Maps hasn't been able to identify beyond the street address. But once you find it (near the California Pizza Kitchen), it flows just as easily as other frozen yogurt shops. Sample cups sit by the register, I think out of convenience for the person behind the counter as much as the customer, and you have your row of options to tempt you.
I'm going to start on the wrong end of things to make sure and mention what this place does particularly right: toppings. They had a really nice selection of fresh fruit that wasn't squashed, soft, or frozen. There was also a good selection of various boba. Neither my mom or I go for the chocolate chip and cookie side of the toppings bar, but they had plenty there as well.
Now, onto the yogurt.
One of the upsides of summer is that fruit flavors become seasonal, expanding beyond the usual single sorbet and plain tart that stand their ground amongst creamier fall and winter flavors. So we got to choose from a Strawberry, Peach, Lemon, and Cherry Amaretto as well as the Kiwi Strawberry and Watermelon sorbets. The Peach, Lemon, and Strawberry, were both yummy. They weren't the best I had tried of those flavors, but they were fruity enough while still being creamy. I think I liked the Cherry Amaretto as well, but the cherry wasn't quite strong enough against the amaretto. I also liked their Tart and Cheesecake flavors, so I added mini-swirls of these to my bowls.
The Watermelon sorbet was fine, but it just didn't go with my other flavors. Mom doesn't like Watermelon at all, but she did get the Kiwi Strawberry. In fact, you'll notice that there are three bowls in the image above. After swirling Lemon, Strawberry and Peach, she didn't have room for the sorbet. Even though she ended up double-bowling, she also compared them to some of our other favorite places and rated this as just alright.
Worth a revisit? The flavors were good, and the topping selection was above average. If you want to stay in that shopping area, it's certainly a worthy option. Personally, my favorite froyo in San Antonio is still Chill Out.