Second Helpings: Smoothies

A panoply of smoothie connections in this week's "Second Helpings."

The weekly Chronicle feature "Second Helpings" offers readers the opportunity to sample tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Chronicle writer Greg Beets. When you need quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here.

Juice Joint

1525 Barton Springs Rd., 494-1767

Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm; Saturday, 11am-5:30pm; Sunday, 12-5:30pm

Amidst the gastronomic gauntlet of neon-lit eateries lining the entrance to Zilker Park stands this inauspicious but far from overlooked South Austin fave. True to its humble character, the Juice Joint sticks to smoothie basics and produces excellent elixirs, great for any post-Zilker workout. Choose two fruits from a list of 11, including acia, a little-known, high-protein berry from Brazil. Add a juice and sip or scoop your way through 16 ounces of blendered fun.

Smoothie King

504-A W. 24th, 474-2929

Monday-Friday, 8am-10pm;

Saturday, 9am-9pm;

Sunday, 10am-9pm

10900 Research Ste. 150C, 231-1414

Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm;

Sunday, 10am-6pm

6406 N. I-35 #1575, 452-3558

Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm;

Sunday, 10am-6pm

150 Sundance Pkwy. #200, Round Rock, 600-5464

Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday,

10am-9pm; Saturday, 10:30am-9pm;

Sunday, 10:30am-6pm

New Orleans-based Smoothie King offers a panoply of smoothie concoctions designed to do everything from boosting your protein to lowering your fat intake. And it tastes good, too. From lowfat to high-calorie to specialty drinks, the original smoothie people offer something for everyone. Cold and flu fighters should check out the Immune Builder, a mix of bananas, strawberries, and an herbal nutrient blend. Smoothie King also carries an extensive selection of nutritional supplements.

Jamba Juice

600 Congress, 478-8696

Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm;

Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

9607 Research #300 (located inside Whole Foods Market), 345-5003

Daily, 8am-10pm

From a single location in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1990, Jamba Juice has now extended its reach from Boston to Honolulu. "Intense" is the best word to describe the Jamba's fruit sensation experience. Brimming with just-picked flavor, these creations are packed with tastebud-bursting depth, like the ripe-off-the-tree Mango a Go-Go and the Strawberries Wild. Complementing these healthy tall boys is an equally healthy selection of vegetarian soups and Jambolas -- high nutrition mini-bread loaves.

Central Market

4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000

Daily, 9am-9pm

4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300

Daily, 9am-9pm

No surprise that Austin's emporium of everything food would have smoothies waiting to greet shoppers as they walk in the front entrance. With its legendary produce section only steps away, it's a given that its field-fresh reputation carries over to the smoothie bar. The mixed fruit drink is particularly delicious. With a blend of grapes, peaches, cantaloupe, and melon, the combination works very well creating a mélange that leaves your insides feeling happy and healthy.

TCBY

3710 Crawford@38th, 451-8229

Daily, 11am-10pm

3201 Bee Caves Rd., 327-9513

Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm;

Sunday, noon-10pm

303 MLK Blvd., 320-8229

Monday-Saturday, 10am-11pm;

Sunday, noon-11pm

9520 Hwy. 290 W., 288-8849

Daily, 6am-10pm

The home of frozen yogurt adds a dollop of its namesake to each smoothie it whips up. And whipped it is -- rich and dense. Add any combo of fresh fruit to your favorite yogurt flavor. The blackberry smoothie comes speckled with tiny chunks of pulpy fruit folded into the yogurt-thick creaminess.

Wheatsville Co-op

3101 Guadalupe, 478-2667

Daily, 9am-11pm

(smoothie/deli bar open till 9pm)

Remember creamsicles? Love 'em? If so, you will love Wheatsville's double banana smoothie. Twice the fun of a regular banana smoothie with a kiss of orange folded in, Wheatsville's creamy creation is not only chiffon smooth, but it may just transport you back, if only momentarily, to those lazy, long-ago summers of youth. A far-and-away best buy at $2.80. Pair it up with one of Wheatsville deli's great sandwiches for a fast, filling meal.

Zoombaz
Zoombaz (Photo By John Anderson)

Zoombaz

8100 Burnet Rd. (in the parking lot in front of Chuck E. Cheese), 459-9896

Monday-Friday, 6am-9pm;

Saturday, 7am-9pm;

Sunday, 8am-7pm

This handy double drive-through operation, the first of its kind in Texas, serves an impressive array of smoothies, gourmet coffee, and pastries. In addition to standard blends like Strawbanana, Peachbanana and Rasbanana, Zoombaz also serves the Wowie Maui, a tantalizing blend of mango and pineapple sherbet. The most expensive smoothie on the menu is $3.75, making Zoombaz's mix of economy and convenience hard to resist.

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