The BP gas station off Maple Lawn Boulvard in Fulton has always had a standard mini-market inside -- drinks, coffee, even sandwiches. But Mrs. HowChow stumbled on the Korean-style frozen yogurt topped with fresh mangos, pineapple and bananas.
We had gone out for soft serve. We needed a pick-up, and Tuesday's approaching thunderstorms made it seem reckless to drive far for ice cream. So we ran into the BP and discovered both the frozen yogurt and smoothies. These are individually-made for each order. The yogurt came with artfully-sliced banana on top. No trendy art on the wall. No special bowls or spoons. (And no mochi or cereal toppings.) But the Maple Lawn BP delivers the sweets.
Mrs. HowChow rated the yogurt on par with Yogiberry, which is in Olney and coming to the Columbia Mall. She said the mango was so ripe that she'll order all mango next time. My smoothie was delicious as well with mango and other fruit. It seemed to be just yogurt and fruit -- a great breakfast or a summer treat. Until Yogiberry opens in the Columbia Mall, the BP market is the spot for the trendiest ice cream in Howard County.
If you're looking for the new style frozen yogurt, you should check out the Yogiberry in Olney (and coming to the Columbia Mall) or Mango Berry in the Catonsville shopping center with the H Mart.
If you stop at the BP Station, you should also look at the sandwiches and the breakfasts. I'm trying to forget that they sell egg and bacon sandwiches because I drive past here every morning on my commute.
Maple Lawn BP Station
8181 Maple Lawn Boulevard
Fulton, MD 20759
NEAR: This is in the Maple Lawn development on Rte 216 just west of Rte 29. You can also get there by taking Maple Lawn Boulevard from Johns Hopkins Road. Maple Lawn Boulevard is an extension of Cedar/Sanner Road, so you can drive on local roads from much of Columbia.