Featured Dessert Spot: Mr. Yogato in Baltimore, Maryland
Domo arigato Mr. Yogato. Mmmm, FroYo. Not feeling too guilty after a visit to Mr. Yogato for a cold treat on an even colder night. What’s better than a creamy frozen yogurt topped with fresh blackberries? How about some nostalgia thrown at me in the form of a Nintendo Entertainment System. Mr. Yogato, in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, might be my new favorite spot. Sure the area is littered with bars and restaurants but none of these places can match the simple, charming qualities of Mr. Yogato. This won’t really be a food review, just pointing out a cool little spot on the map.
Mr. Yogato isn’t really much to look at, but it’s quirky and ridiculous. Hang out in the back room area and come across hordes of white plastic spoons decorated to look like “spoon-people”. Board games piled up in various places, so take out an old favorite and knock yourself out. I’ve heard that this place gets packed in the summer time and groups end up hanging around for hours. On this night, I kind of had the place to myself for a good 30 minutes and then was bombarded by a gang of four sub-10yr old kids hanging over my every move. Wide-eyed children impressed at the display of Little Mac (me) pummeling my opponent Piston Honda in the jaw during a round of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.
Yeah I hogged the system while the kids looked on. I gave them a little history lesson and had to point out that the NES came out at least 15 years before any of them were born. I even heard a “You’re talented” from an 8-year old during a flawless level run on Super Mario 2. To paint a better picture…I am 29 years old and I’m sitting in a kiddie chair at a kiddie table. I’m hunched over a pathetic 13″ television and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This is the way we used to play 20 years ago and I loved every minute of it. After a good long while, I acquiesced to the minors and gave up my controller. I just took over as mentor to my new 3ft tall apprentice.
I have a pretty poor attention span for new video games these days. I own an XBOX 360 and use it exclusively as a DVD player. So thank you very much Mr. Yogato. You brought me back to simpler times and had a lot of fun in the process. Oh and the frozen yogurt was solid too. Ask for a free sample if you’re having a tough time deciding. You can top your frozen yogurt with standards like fresh fruit and granola but some of the more unusual…animal crackers, extra virgin olive oil, gummi bears, Old Bay seasoning, Lucky Charms and more. Anyway, this is good stuff and fat-free, contains probiotics and a small is less than 200 calories. I recommend it.
723-A South Broadway,
Baltimore, MD 21231 –