Juicy Green's owners spent about a year in Korea mastering the production of frozen yogurt, an icy delicacy they serve up alongside gelato and fresh-fruit smoothies. Guests can pair the tart and tangy taste of plain, green tea, and pomegranate fro-yo with a toppings menu that shifts routinely, but may include tongue ticklers such as Coco Puffs, blackberry, kiwi, and Oreo. At 70 calories and zero grams of fat per 4-oz. serving (without toppings), the chilly treat ($2.95, plus $0.95 for up to three toppings) is also capable of imparting the guilt-free thrill that can only be attained via fat-free sweets and in-home jaywalking. Made with homemade yogurt, the frozen yogurt is free of both additives and preservatives. When blended with fresh fruit and consumed through a straw as a smoothie ($4.95), it leaves hands free for interpretive steel-drum solos.
At Swirll, visitors sculpt customized sundaes from 14 frozen yogurts and 30 different add-ons. Flavors ranging from green apple to peanut butter augment dollops of soft-serve yogurt, and fruit toppings run the gamut from exotic lychee and mango to lunchbox staples such as bananas, apples, and post-it notes from Mom. Customers can also crown their confections with dry toppings, such as cookie dough, gummy bears, or rounds of mochi, a chewy Japanese rice candy. Sundaes and smoothies are priced by weight ($0.45/oz.), so dessertsmiths can festoon their frosty concoctions with add-ons until their hearts are content or their sweet teeth beg for mercy. Swirll also de-parches throats with beverages including sodas ($1.50), bottled water ($1.50), and Powerade ($2).
Steamhouse Lounge has long been one of Atlanta’s favorite down ‘n’ dirty seafood restaurants. Unexpectedly located on West Peachtree in Midtown, this kitschy local favorite is known as much for their annual Oyster Fest as they are for an excellent lobster bisque, both of which come with a heavy side of neon lights and beachy accents. Patrons can sit in a cozy upstairs patio or sidle into one of the downstairs booths before making their way to the bar for drinks with friends. This may not be the best place to head for a first date or late dinner with the family, but Steamhouse is a great fit for anyone in the neighborhood looking to relax and enjoy some seafood. And if they’ve saved room, maybe a touch of chocolate peanut butter mousse cake as well.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Each location's menu (click here for Executive Park, Johnson Ferry Center, and Fountain Oaks) touts silky soft serve in flavors such as gingerbread cookie and caramel fudge eclair ($1.69–$4.19). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings ($0.69–$0.99). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain real dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.99–$5.24). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a decadent deep-dish pie ($20.99) brimming with hand-scooped or soft-serve frozen yogurt and topped with a plethora of dessert decorations.
Craft a rope made of straws and climb the food pyramid with Planet Smoothie's menu as a trusty, yet tasty Sherpa. Thirst quenchers are grouped according to blasts, which range from the protein-rich workout blast to the vitamin-C-loaded immunity blast. For post-gym Planet Smoothie consumption, wrap your muscled eyebrows around a Big Bang, loaded with strawberries, bananas, vanilla, and your choice of protein or workout blast. If you catch a tickle in your throat, breeze through an anti-sick sampling of the Screamsicle, a pineapple-peach concoction with orange juice, yogurt, orange sherbet, and 230 percent of your daily vitamin C. To simultaneously support breast-cancer research and taste buds, sip on the Pink Promise smoothie, a blend high in antioxidants. Smoothies range in size from the after-jog-appropriate 22-ounce ($4.49) to the meal-substituting 44-ounce large ($6.55), and all drinks may be customized or supplemented upon request (try a Merlin's Mix—a protein-packed powder that turns your smoothie into a meal replacement, $2.99 additional). Planet Smoothie uses Pro-Yo, a frozen yogurt that is naturally fat free, low calorie, a friend to the digestive system, and sweetened with Stevia. The Vinings and Midtown locations also offer wheatgrass shots ($1.75–$3.25 for a 1- to 2-ounce shot).
Repicci's Real Italian Ice chills palates with a variety of sweet treats served from a laid-back storefront near Piedmont Park. Tongues have the option of introducing themselves to fat- and cholesterol-free spoonfuls of Italian ice or courting one of the many creamy flavors of gelato patiently waiting behind the cooler's glass divide. Patrons can lower the temperature inside their mouths with a regular or large smoothie, such as strawberry Splash or chocolate Iron Man, named after the three-part marathon all pastry chefs must complete every year. Due to its location, Repicci's Real Italian Ice stands as an ideal end destination or stop during a sunny day spent strolling through the park.