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Jun 13, 2009 02:32 PM

best ice cream & milkshakes in the gta...

as the title states looking for good, if not the best ice cream & milkshakes in the gta, i've been to the usuals...dairy cream in port credit, ben & jerry's, good 'ol baskin & robbin's, a place on bloor (can't remember the name) and a few gelato spots but that's another thread.

ps - a little tidbit for all who don't know, if you like chocolate there is a semi-secret flavour at b&r's, chocolate fudge, most stores don't have it and the ones that do usually keep it in the back and you have ask, sometimes repeatedly for it, it's the darkest, richest, densest, choclatiest ice cream i've ever had.

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  1. Good one. Lookin forward to reading some replies on this one.

    1. Oddly enough, the chocolate shake that I've enjoyed the most in recent memory is the one I got for $1.75 at Gale's Snack Shop, a little hole in the wall at the corner of Queen and Carlaw. It's not gourmet or high end, and consists of nothing more than generic vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and milk. But it's a "real" milkshake, served in an old fashioned shake glass, with just the right consistency and it brought back great childhood memories. I enjoyed it immensely along side my $3.00 (might have been less) club sandwich with real roast turkey and crisp bacon. Next time, I'm going to have it as a chocolate malt for a quarter more.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        They do a great old-school shake like this at the Ritz on Donlands too. I thought it was a bargain at $2.75 or so!

        310 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3R9, CA

        1. re: julesrules

          I've been to the Ritz and the shakes (and much of the food) are very good. Some of the food there is Filipino and eminently Chow-worthy.

          I've always noticed and sometimes mentioned Gale's. Today I finally went in. The window sign is a green. The place is clean and doesn't smell.

          The customers (it was busy) fit the expected stereotype, but only at a casual glance. Up close they were not the folks who frequented the now defunct Newell's Cafe or who rev things up at the very much alive Teddy's Sports Bar or Tasty Chicken House. Nothing wrong with the denizens here - just don't expect to see them at Splendido.

          Egg Salad on toast: $0.95. Milkshake with two scoops of standard quality chocolate ice cream and 2% milk, adequate size, properly mixed, and very fine: $1.25. Nothing interesting on the menu, but so what? Friendly service. What more to say?

          1. re: embee

            The Ritz's pan-fried salmon with rosti potatoes and a big pile of steamed vegetables is one of the best cheap meals I know of. t $8.95 I think?

            1. re: embee

              embee, you should try the club sandwich next time. Where else can you get a triple decker club sandwich made with a real turkey that they roast every day with crispy bacon, mayo, lettuce, tomato... all for under $3? Was the shake only $1.25?! I must have bumped up the price in my memory because everything there was so inexpensive. My husband and I had a huge lunch for something like $7 or $8 total. We left a tip almost as large because we felt like we were ripping them off! Gale is super sweet (dad is in the kitchen) and when I asked how they stayed afloat with their prices, she told me that they make just enough to pay the bills and they do it because they love it.

        2. this thread addresses some of your question:

          Personally, I like Dutch Delights near Bathurst & St. Clair. Maybe not the best but very good, and good fun too!

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          1. re: Squeakycheese

            hate to be that correction guy, but I believe you are referring to Dutch Dreams. I like their ice cream/fruit combos but I find it a bit pricey compared to comparable offerings.

            1. re: thatlankyfoody

              Yep TLF, you are right.

              An additional piece of fun of you go there, on the way out, above the door is a picture of two "traditional" Dutch guys wearing clogs etc. One of which is identical to Jean Cretien!

          2. Try Sweet Olenka's in Lakeshore in Etobicoke - 2834 Lake Shore Boulevard West
            Etobicoke, ON. Their website appears to be under construction. All the ice cream is made in house - my favourite(s) banana cream pie and creme brulee.

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            1. re: TCB

              Where is it near? Cross street?
              I will be in the neighbourhood & would like to try it. Are they open in the evenings?
              Do you have a phone number?

            2. Oh, I know! The chocolate fudge used to be everywhere and now it's hard to find--the one up on Avenue Rd near Wilson usually has it. I love that flavour. Mississipi mud was another great BR flavour but I haven't seen that in years.

              I actually like the milk shakes at Green Jeans down town but I don't let myself order them that often so I'm probably missing out on some good ones elsewhere... Fran's also does a decent chocolate milk shake.