It’s an unfortunate reality that Boston lags way behind other major cities comes to dining trends. There was the cupcake trend, meticulously crafted cocktail trend (Milk and Honey, Teardrop Lounge, and Boston’s Drink), and now the tart yogurt trend. You know, Pinkberry, Red Mango, and all those trendy froyo destinations which pride themselves on famous customers, trendy interiors, and tart treats topped with fresh fruits, nuts, granola, and mochi.
Last summer, I discovered Berryline, which at the time was the Boston areas only tart yogurt establishment. Berryline is the brainchild of two longtime friends who recognized the need for a yogurt shop in Boston. Located on Arrow Street in Harvard Square, Berryline serves up two or three flavors of tart yogurt, as well as all the fixings you’d ever want. Since last summer, at least four other establishments offering tart yogurt have opened in Boston, and I’ve obviously made it my mission to try every single one of them. However, when all is said and done, Berryline is king; allow me to break it down for you:
1) Berryline’s yogurt, no matter what the flavor, always tastes tart. I’ve been to other places where they offer the original (plain) flavor, as well as other flavors which may be fruit or tea based. While they claim to be”tart”, they taste like traditional Colombo or TCBY yogurt- not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not what you want when you order tart yogurt.
2) Berryline staff is super friendly and always willing to voice their favorite flavors, combination, and seemingly endless offering of samples. I could probably satisfy my froyo craving just by eating the large number of samples they are always handing out! Also, Matt, one of Berryline’s owners, is extremely receptive to customer critique and always seeking online and offline feedback.
3) Berryline’s atmosphere: great music, local artwork, and comfortable seating but without trying too hard. They’re not looking to be trendy, fashionable, or a fad. They want to be sustainable and the product, look, and feel of Berryline is the way it is because it’s what they like, not what’s in style.
4) They were the first!
I’m SO happy to report Berryline recently opened a second location at 1668 Massachusetts Avenue, between Porter and Harvard Square, and is opening a brand new location today at 1337 Boylston Street in Fenway! They are giving away free yogurt from 3:30PM-9:30PM tonight, so make sure you get down there and give it a try!
Oh, and my favorite combination? Original or Rose with Fruity Pebbles and Raspberries!