Friday, March 19, 2010
Tutti Frutti In Ellicott City
I have been blogging for two years. Many of my meals start with Mrs. HowChow cringing and me balancing a cell phone camera on a water glass as I learned from the Pizzablogger. But I started spooning frozen yogurt as soon as my butt hit the shiny modern bar stool at Tutti Frutti, and I slurped up three flavors of yogurt and three toppings without breaking stride.
That's the cool part about Tutti Frutti. Amid all the tart yogurt options like Mangoberry in Catonsville and Yogiberry in Columbia, Tutti Frutti stands alone because you make your own mix. You pay by ounce, and you take your bowl along a run of eight yogurt machines -- from chocolate to green tea to kiwi to the original tart -- and then dozens of toppings. The bowls are enormous. We took the smallest, left them half-filled, and still had huge desserts that cost us about $5-6.
Tutti Frutti sells good yogurt. It's a touch grainier than the other options, but I liked the texture. Tutti Frutti also sells great toppings. I love mochi, and their variety is soft and chewy. There was also some kind of firm, candy-colored topping -- maybe a gelatin? I thought that was great, and I was passing up a dozen fruits, all kinds of candy, and some squeeze bottles with sweet sauce that I didn't even try to identify. You could spend all summer trying out variations.
You'll have fun if you do. I'm a fan of Tutti Frutti's cool modern design. On a Saturday night, it was packed with people at 10 pm with a buzzing, city energy. I'm also a fan of pay-by-the-ounce. I gasped watching teenagers fill small buckets and then pay more than $10 for dessert. But, hey, you can take normal-sized servings, and I loved being able to sample. Three flavors of yogurt in my cup. Three kinds of toppings -- mochi, that gelatin, and mango. At most other stores, you pay $1 or more per topping, and you're getting a handful for your money.
If you want a fun night, start with an order of fried chicken at Rainpia and then come down Rte 40 for Tutti Frutti.
9191 Baltimore National Pike (Rte 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21042
NEAR: This is on the south side of Rte 40 west of Rte 29. It's right next to a Burger King. From Rte 29, you need to pass the Chatham Mall shopping center (with Bare Bones) and U-turn at Chatham Road. Turn right into the Burger King parking lot and then immediately turn left. You'll see Tutti Frutti directly ahead.