Appetizers
February 23, 2009
How much yogurt is too much yogurt?

In the middle of a long, late walk with the three dogs and my significant other/human campanion, we stopped in at one of our favorite midtown locations, the MARRS (Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene) project, which stretches from J to K streets on 20th. We were eager to try the new frozen yogurt shop, Top Culture, to see how it stacked up against the area's heavy hitters.

Gina recently wrote about trying Swirls, a new yogurt shop on El Camino near Watt Avenue, and it seems like a new such shop is opening somewhere every month or so.

With the weather damp and chilly, this is clearly not frozen yogurt season, but I can imagine Top Culture will be a popular place to sit outside, socialize, sample the yogurt and become transfixed by the thump-thump-thump disco beat emanating from a nearby bar that never seems to play the Eagles or Bruce Hornsby.

Top Cultured has adopted the same formula that catapulted Big Spoon to star status a couple of years ago -- serve yourself yogurt, add your own toppings and then weigh your creation.

Top Culture had two tart favors out of six. I first came across the tart flavors at Yogurt-a-go-go at L and 19th. For me, the taste is crisp, clean and more satisfying than the traditional sweet flavors like chocolate, vanilla and cookies and cream. I topped it off with blueberries for the antioxidants and, well, brownies for the oxidants.

The best part about this new venture is the location (pretty much the epicenter of midtown) and the hours -- open until 11 p.m. weeknights and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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