I’m not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with self-serve frozen yogurt. Sometimes I have froyo for dinner. I have withdrawal symptoms if I go more than a week without. I may have once gone twice in one day (OK, I’m a little ashamed of that one). And no froyo place quite satisfies my craving as Razzy Fresh in Squirrel Hill does. Located in a small storefront on Murray Avenue, nestled between Bruegger’s Bagels and Pamela’s/Aji Picante, the clean, bright, and colorful shop features 12 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and a wide assortment of toppings for you to create a delicious masterpiece.
The process is fairly simple: grab a cup, fill it with as much frozen yogurt and toppings as possible (all the while convincing yourself it’s healthy), and put it on a scale to be weighed. Razzy Fresh charges 41 cents per ounce, which seems to be the local standard, and accepts both cash and credit cards. They also offer a stamp card for 10 free ounces after your tenth visit.
However, what sets Razzy (as the addicted call it) apart from other frozen yogurt shops is the variety and quality. They have a few constant flavors of yogurt, such as original, alpine vanilla, triple chocolate, mango, raspberry, and taro, and rotate others daily, including a variety of fruit flavors, cookies and cream, cheesecake, and, currently, pumpkin. Don’t feel too intimidated by all the choices, though– they allow you to sample as many flavors as you want before deciding. And believe me, they are all delicious: flavorful, not overly-sweet, and refreshing. They also label whether flavors are sweet or tart and include nutrition facts for each one.
The toppings bar at Razzy is intense, with dozens of options, so make sure to leave room in your cup to load up. It features cereals like Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles, granola, nuts, chocolate or yogurt chips, mochi, a variety of candy pieces, and chocolate chip cookie dough, brownie, or cheesecake bites. There’s also plenty of very fresh and tasty fruit such as strawberries, mango, kiwi, and blueberries, plus whipped cream and sauces to finish it all off. The toppings are kept full and the area is always neat and clean.
Razzy Fresh is open daily from noon until 11:30pm, making it a perfect afternoon or late-evening snack, and there’s also two other locations in Oakland, which I’ve personally never been to. One downside, however, is the small store size and limited seating. During busy times (usually around lunch and after dinner), the shop gets very cramped with long, slow-moving lines, and there’s only a few small tables if you want to eat-in. But that’s never stopped me from enjoying the delicious treat whenever the craving strikes. But then again, I am shamelessly and completely addicted.
1717 Murray Avenue