The Best Milkshake in Every State
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Is there anything better than washing down a savory burger with a delicious milkshake? It’s basically the most classic pairing there is. But just as some burgers are better than others, the same thing goes for milkshakes--not all are created equally. Here: the best milkshake in every single state…and D.C., of course. Road trip, anyone?
Alabama: Green Valley Drugs
At this old-fashioned soda fountain, a rich and creamy chocolate malt will cost you less than $3. Cue the nostalgia.
1915 Hoover Ct., Birmingham; 205-822-1151 or Yelp
Alaska: Lucky Wishbone
Fact: It’s never too cold for a milkshake. Pop by this Anchorage restaurant for fried chicken and an old-school shake. Sweet and savory perfection.
1033 E. Fifth Ave., Anchorage; 907-272-3452 or Yelp
Arizona: Paradise Valley Burger Company
We found our pot of gold and it’s this Lucky Charm Marshmallow milkshake.
4001 E. Bell Rd. #102, Phoenix; 602-535-4930 or paradisevalleyburgercompany.com
Arkansas: The Purple Cow Restaurant
The purple vanilla shake is a local legend for a reason.
California: Great Shakes
Each shake comes with a freshly baked mini doughnut on the straw. Yeah, we thought that would get your attention.
160 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs; 760-327-5300 or greatshakesps.com
Colorado: Sassafras American Eatery
Every Monday, this Southern-style Denver spot offers half-off milkshakes. We can’t think of a better cure for the Sunday scaries.
2637 W. 26th Ave., Denver; 303-433-0090 or sassafrasamericaneatery.com
Connecticut: Burgers Shakes and Fries
The name says it all. You're best off ordering the complete trifecta at this hole-in-the-wall joint with locations in Greenwich and Darien. The options are simple--good ol' vanilla, chocolate and strawberry plus a few more flavors--but they're everything we want in a shake.
Delaware: Grub Burger Bar
Let’s talk about spiked shakes, like the Dirty Kitchen Sink, made with pretzels, peanut butter, butterscotch, caramel, potato chips and…vodka!
4737 Concord Pike #810, Wilmington; 302-358-2455 or grubburgerbar.com
Florida: Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar
The Be Still Cody--chocolate ice cream with a shot of espresso and mocha sauce--is the perfect sweet refreshment in the hot Florida sun.
5 Hypolita St., St. Augustine; 904-342-5627 or wafflemilk.com
Georgia: Flip Burger Boutique
This upscale burger joint makes a Nutella milkshake topped with burned marshmallows. Need we say more?
Hawaii: Volcano Shakes
Your bikini body never stood a chance.
102 N. Hotel St., Honolulu; 808-888-9939 or Yelp
Idaho: Moon’s Kitchen
Looks like we’re washing down our eggs with a chocolate shake at this old-school breakfast spot. Hey, we’re not complaining.
Illinois: Edzo’s Burger Shop
This Evanston mainstay serves griddled burgers, loaded hand-cut fries and its famous “five-dollar milkshakes.” It’s in your best interest to order one of each.
1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston; 847-864-3396 or edzos.com
Indiana: Big Four Burgers & Beer
A huge selection of build-your-own burgers and inventitive shakes await you at Big Four’s two locations.
Iowa: Hamburg Inn No. 2
What could be bad about a milkshake that comes in flavors like peanut butter M&M or bourbon pecan pie?
214 N. Linn St., Iowa City; 319-337-5512 or Yelp
Kansas: Old Mill Tasty Shop
This marble-countered soda fountain has been serving comfort food and standout shakes in Wichita since 1932.
604 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita; 316-264-6500 or Yelp
Craving comfort food? Stop by this Lexington favorite 24 hours a day for a burger, cheese fries and, of course, a Nutella shake.
606 S. Broadway, Lexington; 859-253-2007 or tollyho.com
Come for the hand-cut Belgian fries; stay for the original Duckfat milkshake, made with gelato, crème anglaise and fresh Tahitian vanilla beans.
43 Middle St., Portland; 207-774-8080 or duckfat.com
Maryland: Papermoon Diner
The flavors here are as eclectic as the knickknacks in this diner--bacon chocolate or black sesame and honey?
227 W. 29th St., Baltimore; 410-889-4444 or papermoondiner24.com
Massachusetts: Grass Fed
Sure, Grass Fed cooks up some of the best burgers in town, but no meal is complete without an adult milkshake. Order the Bananas Foster Parent, blended with vanilla ice cream, banana and dark rum.
605 Centre St., Jamaica Plain; 617-553-2278 or grassfedjp.com
Michigan: Mercury Burger Bar
Bacon cheese fries and chorizo-topped burgers are all well and good, but it’s not a meal until you add a shake into the mix. The Hummer, made with Kahlua, dark rum and vanilla ice cream, is a crowd favorite.
2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000 or mercuryburgerbar.com
Minnesota: The St. Clair Broiler
Follow the neon sign into this St. Paul neighborhood institution for char-grilled burgers and delicious shakes. Feeling indecisive? You can combine two or three different ice cream flavors into one irresistible glass.
1580 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 651-698-7055 or stclairbroiler.com
Mississippi: Brent’s Drugs
This iconic Jackson soda fountain has been around since 1946. Despite receiving a recent makeover, this spot still screams nostalgia. Pull up a seat and order a grilled cheese with a chocolate shake.
655 Duling Ave., Jackson; 601-366-3427 or Facebook
Missouri: Crown Candy Kitchen
This retro St. Louis spot has been around since 1913, which means it’s doing something right. PSA: If you can drink five malts in 30 minutes, they’re on the house. Do you have what it takes?
1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis; 314-621-9650 or crowncandykitchen.net
Montana: Uptown Diner
You might need a spoon to make a dent in the thick milkshakes served at this retro diner in Missoula.
120 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula; 406-542-2449 or Yelp
Skip the burgers and sandwiches and go straight for dessert at this Omaha neighborhood eatery.
5914 Center St., Omaha; 402-551-0552 or petrows.com
Nevada: Holsteins Shakes and Buns
Naturally, the best shakes in Vegas are boozy. Stop by this glitzy restaurant in the Cosmopolitan for a serious burger and a Drunken Monkey--a lethal concoction of Reese’s, banana, malt and hazelnut liqueur.
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; 702-692-7940 or holsteinsburgers.com
New Hampshire: BRGR Bar
This menu features build-your-own burgers and adult milkshakes--what more could you ever want?
34 Portwalk Pl., Portsmouth; 603-294-0902 or brgr-bar.com
New Jersey: Holsten’s
You might recognize this old-school ice-cream shop from the finale of The Sopranos. Well, the 77-year-old Bloomfield institution happens to blend some serious shakes.
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield; 973-338-7091 or holstens.com
New Mexico: Shake Foundation
It’s hot down in the desert. Cool off with an Adobe Mud Shake.
631 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe; 505-988-8892 or shakefoundation.com
New York: Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer
Black Tap has two locations, in Manhattan’s Soho and Meatpacking neighborhoods. Brave the hour-and-a-half wait just to Instagram your $15 cotton-candy milkshake. Everyone’s doing it.
North Carolina: Cook-Out
Say what you will about fast food, but we can’t get enough of these milkshakes. They come in about 40 flavors, and thanks to the drive-throughs, you don’t even have to leave your car to get your hands on one.
North Dakota: Kroll’s Diner
This German-American restaurant has four locations throughout the state that serve old-fashioned, tin-cup milkshakes.
Ohio: B Spot
In Cleveland and Columbus, B Spot is popular for its seasonal burgers and craft beer list. But the regulars keep coming back for the milkshakes. Chocolate Banana Marshmallow spiked shakes, anyone?
Oklahoma: Tucker’s Onion Burgers
These hand-dipped shakes may be simple (they come only in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and a daily special), but Tucker’s proves that sometimes simple is best.
Oregon: The Original Dinerant
This cozy diner has shakes to satisfy traditionalists and more adventurous milkshake seekers (read: bourbon salted caramel and maple bacon).
300 SW Sixth Ave., Portland; 503-546-2666 or originaldinerant.com
This burger-and-shake empire makes its shakes with homemade ice cream from a local dairy farm. The creations range from classic shakes like Campfire S’mores to alcoholic shakes like Éclair Don’t Care (chocolate éclair and Baileys Original Irish Cream). Trust, they’re out of this world.
Rhode Island: Newport Creamery
Here’s the first rule of thumb: In Rhode Island, milkshakes are called frappes or cabinets. And Newport Creamery’s version of a frappe is the notorious Awful Awful. It’s a Rhode Island tradition made of whole milk, flavored syrup and ice milk.
South Carolina: Kaminsky’s
We expect big things from a dessert café, and Kaminsky’s doesn’t disappoint with flavors like vanilla bean and Butterfinger.
South Dakota: Phillips Avenue Diner
Milkshakes are the star of the menu at this retro Sioux Falls diner. It has some adventurous concoctions, but we prefer the classic flavors topped with whipped cream, cherries and a mini cookie for good measure.
121 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls; 605-335-4977 or phillipsavenuediner.com
Tennessee: Burger Republic
The menu at this Nashville joint is broken up into three sections: Burgers, beer and shakes, and you’d be mistaken not to try one of each. With about two dozen shakes (both spiked and original), there’s something for everyone.
Texas: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Austin’s favorite burger shop is expanding around Texas and across the country, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Truffle Fires and Red Velvet Cake shakes could be coming to your neck of the woods.
Utah: Moab Diner
This homey diner is a necessary pit stop when driving through Red Rock country. A thick and creamy chocolate shake should hold you over until you arrive at Arches National Park.
189 S. Main St., Moab; 435-259-4006 or moabdiner.com
Vermont: Muddy Waters
OK: This adorable Burlington spot is primarily a coffee shop. But once you try the Muddy Shake, made with chocolate gelato and espresso, you’ll never go back to your normal coffee order.
184 Main St., Burlington; 802-658-0466 or Yelp
Virginia: Burger Bar
On Saturday nights, this downtown Bristol institution stays open until it runs out of food. Most famous for its burgers, it also serves a serious shake.
8 Piedmont Ave., Bristol; 276-466-6200 or theoriginalburgerbar.com
Washington: Lunchbox Laboratory
With three locations in Washington state, the “lab” serves about a dozen chocolate- and vanilla-based shakes, plus a handful of eccentric, boozy ones like the Cinnamon Toast Crunk spiked with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
WASHINGTON D.C.: TED’S BULLETIN
This classic American diner has two restaurants in the capital. Shakes come in a dozen traditional flavors plus a handful of adult concoctions like the White Russian and bananas Foster. Don’t forget to slurp one down with a homemade pop-tart on the side.
West Virginia: Tailpipes Restaurant
Inventive shakes are the main reason to stop by this ’50s-style eatery, where the frozen treats are served in Styrofoam Coca-Cola cups.
417 High St., Morgantown; 304-225-2535 or Facebook
Wisconsin: Mickies Dairy Bar
We’re doing breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mickies Dairy Bar so we can try every flavor of milkshake.
1511 Monroe St., Madison; 608-256-9476 or Yelp
Wyoming: Liberty Burger
Ever try a custard milkshake? No? Then head to Jackson, Wyoming, ASAP.
160 North Cache, Jackson; 307-200-6071 or givemelibertyburger.com