•Cindy’s stays open late
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• It has healthy options, including chia seeds.
• You can get a frozen yogurt shake or add a fresh-baked brownie to your bowl
Warm weather is here, but you don’t really need any excuse to eat frozen yogurt. And now the Tower District has a place to get it.
Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt & Desserts opened quietly in February at 802 E. Olive Ave. in the former Karen’s Keepsakes store. Just look for Michael Jackson and Audrey Hepburn painted on the outside of the building.
The froyo shop has all the yummy things that most do: 10 flavors (15 if you twist them together) and 24 toppings ranging from smashed-up Snickers to fresh strawberries. There’s also the less well known: lychee fruit, colorful boba tapioca balls and tiny mochi rice cakes.
People with dietary restrictions can get frozen yogurt that’s dairy free, nonfat or no sugar added. The truly health conscious can add flax seeds or wheat germ to their froyo.
But don’t worry, there’s good old-fashioned chocolate froyo you can drown in chocolate syrup if you want. The froyo costs 44 cents an ounce.
And Cindy’s can make “milk” shakes by using a smoothie maker to blend up the froyo with fresh fruit.
You can also add a fresh-baked brownie to your bowl. Cindy’s has a “bottom bar” where you can get a fudge brownie — or one with Oreos, or walnuts or M&Ms — to put underneath your frozen yogurt.
“They’re good for date night when you want to share something,” said Jazmin Padilla, part of the family who owns the place and daughter of the business’s namesake, Cindy Angulo (in fact, everybody you see working in there is family).
There are benches outside for people watching or for gazing at the blinking Tower Theatre. Cindy’s hours are designed to catch the after-theater crowd and nondrinkers out late, Padilla says. It’s open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Details: (559) 412-8489 or Cindy’s Frozen Yogurt Facebook page.