We've heard your requests loud and clear. In our series, Time For Dinner, we feature favorite family-friendly restaurants throughout the city.
Guest Post by Jacqueline Stone.
Ever since moving to Federal Hill in 2006, I’ve been wandering around the neighborhood in a shameless attempt to find frozen yogurt. The problem became substantially bigger during my pregnancy last year. Time and time again I’d ask my husband to chauffeur me somewhere outside of the city or to Mr. Yogato in Fells to satisfy a dessert craving. So when Afters opened up in early June on the 1000 block of South Charles Street, my husband and me were both thrilled.
For quite some time, there was an unfulfilled niche for a café-meets-pastries-meets-frozen-yogurt in Federal Hill. We were able to make do by walking to Harborplace for soft serve, but finding a family-friendly place that served coffee after 6 pm among the plethora of bars seemed impossible. Enter Afters, the perfect concoction, complete with a toppings bar, pastries from Patisserie Poupon, Illy Italian coffee and even Wifi!
Afters offers a lounge area, complete with magazines, soft couches and even baby books to read to your kids as the whole family chows down on something indulgent. Six flavors of yogurt and sorbet are offered daily. What’s even more magical is the option to mix it up. Everything is self-serve and pricing is done by the ounce. My personal favorites are the regular frozen yogurt with the tart taste and the cookies ‘n cream. My hubby also loves the cookies ‘n cream and here, mixed it up with some French vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit.
My seven-month old had never tried frozen yogurt until now. I made plans to keep him away from dessert until his first birthday, but you know how plans and kids go! After screaming and reaching for a few minutes, we decided it was only fair he indulge along with his parents. He couldn’t get enough of the tart frozen yogurt!
I sat down with the owners of the store, Peter and Andrew, who were nice enough to talk to me about their business. They recognized not only the need for a family gathering dessert place in the neighborhood, but also a late-night spot where young locals can study, read or do work. Afters is open until 10 pm Monday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Right now they’re looking to hire more locals to join their team as they are getting quite busy.
Decadent dessert, coffee all day long, six flavors of yogurt to choose from, books and toys to entertain the little ones, all within walking distance of our home– my only complaint is they weren’t open when I was pregnant!