Frootsii: A One-Stop Sweet Shop for Boba, Cupcakes, Shaved Ice and Fro-Yo

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BY RACHEL HELLER

When you’ve got a craving for boba, nothing else will suffice.

Until recently, my dining partner and I would have to slog through “over-the-hill” traffic in the Little Osaka neighborhood (Olympic and Sawtelle) to get the perfect cup of sweet, chewy tapioca pearls. But then we found Frootsii.

The boba at Frootsii is consistently fresh. Drinks can be ordered hot or cold.  Photos: Rachel Heller
Located in the red-brick shopping center at Beverly Glen and Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Frootsii is a fun find for anyone with a sweet tooth. Aside from luscious smoothies, frappes and flavored teas – available with or without boba – Frootsii also boasts shelves of beautiful cupcakes and dozens of flavors of fro-yo.

Founded last year in Chatsworth, Frootsii’s new Sherman Oaks locale is only its second. The Ventura Blvd. joint opened September 5, taking over the space formerly inhabited by the raw food café Leaf Cuisine. The re-done interior sparkles with crystal chandeliers, glass shelving and mosaic tile counters. Most charming, however, are the tasty delights on sale.

Good boba (also known as bubble tea) is soft and mildly sweet. Unlike at some larger boba chain shops I’ve been to, the tapioca pearls at Frootsii are consistently fresh. And you can get them in almost any type of drink you like.

Cold frappes (ice-blended drinks with tea or coffee) come in caramel, mocha, chai or even avocado, to name a few. Slushes showcase fruit flavors from grape to green apple, peach to passion fruit. Frootsii’s smoothies are fantastic – kiwi-strawberry is my personal favorite. The friendly store workers also make a mean milkshake.

Cupcakes are baked on site. happy Hour 9pm-1am, buy one and get the second 1/2 off. Or the all day deal, buy three and get one free.

Prices are pleasantly reasonable – $2.95 for a medium (16 oz.), $3.65 for a large (24 oz.). Compare that to the standard blended-beverage makers down the street!

On chilly days like we’ve been having, Frootsii’s warm drinks hit the spot. Their vanilla chai tea, hot chocolate and white chocolate mocha are comfort in a cup. You can order these with boba, too – a chewy treat at the end.

Boba isn’t all Frootsii does well. Cupcake shops are a dime a dozen these days, and while Frootsii’s aren’t cheap ($3.25 each), they are lovely and flavorful – not to mention baked on-site. The daily menu varies, but choices include banana-chocolate, Boston cream, carrot cake, cherry-vanilla, red velvet and cinnamon crumb.

The frozen yogurt menu is, in a word, staggering. The shop always offers regular, no sugar added, low-carb and dairy free flavors, with names so creative they might make you drool. Think: maple-nut, cable car chocolate, pomegranate tart, blueberry cheesecake. The list goes on. Cups start at $3.25, and toppings are free.

Froostsii replaced Leaf at Ventura and Beverly Glen.

Throw in Frootsii’s shaved ice offerings (a delicacy I’ll be sure to try next summer), and you’ve got a one-stop sweet shop that’s a real Valley find.

Night-owls, listen up: Frootsii is open until 1 a.m. And nighttime is when to find good deals on your decadent snack – during “happy hour,” weekdays from 9 p.m. until closing, treats are buy one, get the second half-off. Otherwise, cupcakes are always buy three, get the fourth free.

I’ll take one of each.

Frootsii, 14318 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 528-7213. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Also: 9843 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth

Rachel Heller is a Sherman Oaks-based freelance writer and grammatical stickler whose work has appeared in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, the Sun Community Newspapers and the Los Feliz Ledger. She is a graduate of Boston University. She shudders at misspellings of “then” and “than,” and can subsist for weeks at a time on  frozen yogurt. Stay tuned for her next venture  — Rachel Sarah Jewels.

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