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Sep 3, 2009 04:15 PM

Best Milkshakes

Where can I go for a fantastic milkshake? Particularly in the Valley, but open to anywhere.

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  1. there have been mentions here about various specialty shakes at The Counter that sound *outrageously* delicious. every time i read one i start craving a milkshake!

    take a look at these threads to see if any other places appeal to you (just beware that some are a few years old):

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      1. re: westsidegal

        The Counter always has a different shake of the month. This month it's churro.

    1. The Counter is not bad, but they use vanilla ice cream for the chocolate shakes. Whenever I have an Oinkster shake I can't imagine one better, whether it be chocolate, strawberry, or the Ube.

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      1. re: desidetergent

        on a related note: the vanilla ice cream that they use is actually a good quality ice cream, unlike so many other places in town. .

      2. I have always really enjoyed Fatburger milkshakes

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        1. re: toonoble

          Have you ever tried their Maui Banana shake? I'm not sure they have it all the time; it may have been a one-time special. Sounds delicious but I haven't tried it. I'm trying to lose some weight by staying away from those things.

        2. Fosselman's, Fosselman's, or perhaps Fosselman's. Or if that is too far from The Valley (assuming you mean SFV and not SGV), you could stop at Oinkster and get an Ubu shake, made with... Fosselman's.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            Gonna ... have ... to ... agree ...

            1. re: Will Owen

              At Fosselman's I usually get two scoops cookies 'n cream, one scoop espresso to achieve the Platonic Ideal of a Dairy Queen oreo blizzard. And the old man said my philosophy degree would be worthless!

              1. re: Harry Nile

                There is a place that sells fosselman's, Korean owners I think, on Vermont, north of 10 freeway

                1. re: apple7blue

                  Gus's BBQ also uses Fosselman's. The shakes and malts look good, but I always get the Old School Sundae -- Fosselman's French vanilla bean ice cream, honey maple pecans, and hot fudge with whipped cream, etc. It's such a complex combination of rich flavors as is that I recommend resisting the temptation to get any ice-cream flavor other than vanilla. (They also have Fosselman's mint chip, which I love but didn't even like in this dish, and their dulce de leche.) Order your BBQ carefully -- in other words, get a hamburger -- and the shake, the sundae, or just plain Fosselman's ice cream is a perfect finish to an excellent meal.

                  Gus's Barbeque
                  808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    Across the street from Gus's, on the corner of Mission, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy's soda fountain sells Fosselman's, too, and makes the full range of ice cream fountain treats. Lunch fare isn't all at the same level as Gus's, but they have a good range of sandwiches, with a different atmosphere and generally less $$.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      "...the Fair Oaks Pharmacy's soda fountain sells Fosselman's..."
                      Are you sure Will? I have read this many times but the last time that I was there, a few years ago, they were not using Fosselman's.

                      1. re: sel

                        They could've quit... a few years?? It may very well have been that long ago that I was last there. When you get old, see, a five-year span can just collapse into Last Week Sometime. Just wait, you'll see...

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          The Fair Oaks menu notes "We Feature Only the BEST Ice Cream" but omits provenance. I agree with sel -- it's good but doesn't taste like Fosselman's. Incidentally, Will, the menu also says that anyone over age 65 gets 10% off (and a smile from one of the teenage girls behind the counter).

                          1. re: hnsbmg

                            Yes, I do know about the 10% - it hasn't been THAT long! And if I can't get a smile at any age I'm totally off my pace...

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              I'm not 65 but I still get a smile. Fosselman's logo is a old time-y milkshake glass, or a sundae, so maybe their ice cream itself has a milkshake making heritage . . . damnit, why did I open this thread, now I have to get a shake. I went to Mel's recently and got a shake, it was pretty good--though not the best. I have been thinking about it and I think Kelis probably makes the best milkshake, though I haven't tried it yet.

            2. When I was nursing my son, I used to get a daily coffee malted shake at Papoos in Toluca Lake--admittedly said infant is now a high school senior, and my appetite isn't what it used to be--but they are a fond memory of the upside to nursing.