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 (you know, in our humble opinion) milkshake in every single state... and D.C., of course. Road trip, anyone?
The Best Milkshake in Every State
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.
Multiple locations; burgersshakesnfries.com
Indiana: Big Four Burgers & Beer
A huge selection of build-your-own burgers and inventive shakes await you at Big Four’s two locations.
Multiple locations; bigfourburgers.com
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
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: Boston Burger Company
Sure, these guys cook up some of the best burgers in town, but no meal is complete without a milkshake (or #FreakFrappe). Order the The King, blended with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, banana and bacon.
Multiple locations; bostonburgerco.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
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
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 York: Black Tap Craft Burgers And Beer
Brave the extra long wait just to Instagram your $15 cotton-candy milkshake. Everyone’s doing it.
Multiple locations; blacktapnyc.com
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.
Multiple locations; cookout.com
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.
Multiple locations; tuckersonionburgers.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 Grand-Dad's secret (bourbon and caramel). Trust, they’re out of this world.
Multiple locations in Pennsylvania; burgatorybar.com
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.
Multiple locations; newportcreamery.com
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.
Multiple locations; burgerrepublic.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.
Multiple locations; lunchboxlaboratory.com
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.
Multiple locations; tedsbulletin.com