You all know we LOVE frozen treats. And with chains popping up all over the Triangle it is nice to remember the “old school” Franklin Street institution The Yogurt Pump. While all these newcomers try to impress, The Yogurt Pump has been serving students and Chapel Hill families since 1982.
Honestly, I tend to pass by The Yogurt Pump. He’s Not Here draws me in afterhours while parking at a strip mall is always easier than parking on Franklin Street, especially with strollers. Yet when students had not yet returned and my haircut at Moshi Moshi was done, I strolled down there on a beautiful evening.
The Yogurt Pump is not a self-serve and they don’t have oodles of flavors “on tap.” But customer service is nice, the flavors they carry are diverse (and ever changing), and I thought it was delicious. There are mix-ins and toppings galore. Due to the age of the spot it doesn’t have fancy bells and whistles and tvs and funky lights. But it does deliver good, cheap yogurt.
Prices are very reasonable. A child’s cup is $1.50 and a small cone is $1.87.
Very little seating inside but there are steps outside and all of Franklin Street (which makes for great people-watching). You can also carry your yogurt over to UNC’s campus to enjoy.
The spot is a little hard to find but look for the Caribou Coffee and the NY Pizza – it’s in an alley between them.
If you want a local spot with a sense of humor (it has named itself YoPo to keep up with trendy times) and Chapel Hill flavor, don’t forget The Yogurt Pump.
The Yogurt Pump
106 W. Franklin Street
(next to NY Pizza)
Hours : Mo-Th 11:30 am – 11:30 pm; Fri-Sat 11:30 am – midnight; Sun noon – 11:30 pm