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Jul 26, 2007 01:49 PM

Looking for best milkshake in Austin

I have been very disappointed over the past couple of years as it seems all my ex-favorite shakes (Dirty Martins, Players, P. Terry's) have gone from a dense, perfect shake to this new, frothy, airy almost marshmellow-y texture. Is it just me, or is there some new technology in milkshake machines that is changing the texture and density of shakes everywhere? Where is the best milkshake in Austin today? I am looking for milky-density, almost grainy with rich flavor... NOT too smooth, whipped or airy. Vanilla or chocolate only. I am on a quest, please help!

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  1. Hillbert's on Lamar near 35th St.

    1. Nau's Pharmacy!! They use to have the all time best in the world! :-)
      Hmmmm...........but I wonder if they still make them. They had a lunch counter at the back of the store.
      I'm talking about the one on San Gabriel (2406 San Gabriel St) Not sure about the one on 12th.

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      1. re: scoutaustin

        I hate to be the bearer of very bad news (really I do!) but the lunch counter at the back of Nau's on San Gabriel is closed. I went in a while back and they had quite literally shut it down just 2 days earlier. I worked there one summer when I was going to UT- and I had those milkshakes (and limeades!) every day.

        I am not sure if the West Lynn location still has a lunch counter or not.

        As to the original poster- I have not had a shake at Player's for a while, but that was always my second favorite. Not sure why theirs has changed as you report, but generally speaking most of the lousy fluffy shakes I have been served at various places turned out to have been made with soft-serve or some other similar cheap ice cream substitute.

        You gotta have real ice cream to get the real deal.

        1. re: elpaninaro

          oh day is ruined now. Nau's-on-San Gabriel milkshakes no more. How sad. What is this world coming to. :-(

          I'll go to 12th to see if they have them.

          1. re: scoutaustin

            I'm pretty sure the Alamo Drafthouse uses chocolate ice cream to make theirs. Amy's Ice Cream no less - hence the $5 price tag (that and the Pulp Fiction reference).

            1. re: carl spackler

              The $5 milkshakes at the Alamo are my favorite menu items (actually, I add malt, so they're $5.50 for me). In fact, I just had one last night ... delicious! I especially love the candied sunflower seeds on top. I've often wondered if you could jus.t walk in to the Alamo and get one for the road, sans movie.

              I do not love the Midnight Espresso shake, though. Not sweet enough.

              And I know that EZ's makes their shakes with ice cream,

              1. re: bookgrrl72

                I totally agree that the Alamo milkshakes are excellent -- I get mine with chocolate and malt and the sunflower seeds are to die for.

      2. i'm on the lookout for chocolate milkshakes that are made with chocolate ice cream... not vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup added. so far, only denny's. :(

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        1. re: yimay

          You can get a milkshake made with whatever ice cream you want at Amys -- I get mine with double chocolate ice cream and malt

        2. If you're looking to make a short road trip - or if you happen to be in San Marcos anyway - stop at Centerpoint Station at exit 200. Real milkshakes made with your choice of Blue Bell ice cream... and if I remember correctly, they had a good selection of flavors to choose from.

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          1. re: jwynne2000

            It may not be the Best, but it is damn good......
            Chocolate Milkshake at Top Notch. It is very thick and rich.

            Yimay not sure if they make theirs from chocolate ice cream or not.

            1. re: Chefdavis

              i live right by top notch and frequent it often. it's been a while since i've had their milkshakes but i thought they did vanilla and syrup too... not chocolate ice cream. i'll have to try it again tomorrow!

          2. chocolate malt at sandy's is very good. They and Hilbert's are very close.