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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.

              1. coffee shake from the counter

                1. I'd like to put in a nod for good ol' In and Out.

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                  1. re: DrBruin

                    I second that! The neopolitcan is great since I have trouble deciding on which flavor I want.

                    1. re: crystaw

                      Cool deal, I didn't know you could get it that way.....

                    1. re: tissue

                      Have to agree, it's worth a trip over the bump for Milk.

                      I love their "Coffee Toffee Crunch" shake and "MILKIE Way Malt" shake.

                      1. re: tissue

                        Milk (surprisingly) has mediocre shakes, IMHO.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Interesting . . . what other places (besides Busters) do you think are significantly better?

                          I've had excellent shakes at Lucky Devil's, Swinger's, Connal's, and The Counter, but in my experience, Milk is easily a match for these places.

                      2. Sorry, no idea what might kick ass in the valley but here are some thoughts...

                        There was a honey nut shake at Cafe 101 on Franklin that was amazing. Haven't been in years but that was a fave back in the day.

                        Recently I have become a hard-core proselytizer for the shakes (and the burgers) at Farmer Boys on Alameda. Despite being in a fast food joint you actually can watch the employees scoop the ice cream out and make the shake in an old fashioned blender. Best of all, the shake is only around $3.

                        1. Oinkster is great, Cafe 101 is good too, but the shake I consider the best is the toasted pecan shake, made with frozen custard, at Lucky Devil's. In the Valley, I like the 50's-themed dive, Beep's--they have a full range of flavors.

                          Lucky Devils
                          6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                          Beeps Fast Food
                          16063 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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                          1. re: BearCity

                            Lucky Devils! OH YEAH !!!

                            The strawberry shake at Johnny Rocket's is a fave of ours, too. And the peanut-butter-and-fresh-banana at Connal's

                          2. Agree with Bear City and Will Owen re. Oinkster in Eagle Rock-- made with Fosselman's ice cream. They make it from scratch every time that you order it. Also Connal's in Pasadena makes great milkshakes, with high quality ice cream and made-to-order.

                            For mass chains, Ben and Jerry's.

                            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                            1505 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

                            1. Had a craving for a shake tonight, and went to The Counter and got their "Shake of the Month": Chocolate Brownie Coffee Malt. It was delicious, albeit a bit rich.

                              1. This might not be so Gourmet, but Jack in the Box is pretty good as is Baskin Robbins.

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                                1. re: apple7blue

                                  my high school memories definitely include JITB's Oreo Cookie Shake with massive chunks of oreos...

                                2. MILK, 7290 Beverly Blvd., L. A. So far I've only had the Coffee Toffee Crunch Shake, Triple chocolate Shake and The MILKIE Way Malt and they're all to die for... also, the Cafe Mocha. They go great with the Pressed Sandwiches.

                                  1. It's not in the Valley, but Ground Zero's specialty shakes blew me away! Try their swashbuckler Chai milkshake :)

                                    Ground Zero Coffee House
                                    615 Child's Way
                                    Los Angeles, CA 90089.
                                    (213) 821-1484

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                                    1. re: ms.sunshine

                                      I should try one, I am there all the time.

                                    2. South Pasadena:
                                      Buster's Coffee (on Mission) makes an incredible green tea ice cream milkshake (using Fosselman's ice cream). Try it.

                                      1. If you are willing to take a drive, the improbably-named Land of Fruit and Nuts on the Queen Mary in Long Beach is the place to go for milkshakes.


                                        Queen Mary
                                        1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

                                          1. How about good old fashioned Bob's Big Boy. I just had a thick chocolate shake, and it comes with extra in steel shaker.

                                            1. I am sure others have reviewed Millions of Milkshakes. I have not tried them yet. There is one close by at the Fox Hills Mall, and one open accessibly late on Santa Monica Boulevard. But a shop dedicated to milkshakes should have a viable contender for a fantastic milkshake . . .

                                              Millions of Milkshakes
                                              8910 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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                                              1. re: apple7blue

                                                I've been the one in weho many times. They offer dozens of flavors, additions, toppings etc. If you order the simplest of shakes - like a chocolate, it may come out fine. no better than any fast food drive thru, but ultimately ok. If you try to order anything else, anything specific, they will get it wrong.

                                              2. OLd thread , but IN THE VALLEY, i had chili size and a decent milk shake at the restaurant on the corner of woodley and Sherman Way. Now going to google street the area and get the name...
                                                ok. i'ts beeps fast food and already in this thread.

                                                1. I like the shakes at: Swingers (Santa Monica and then also one near-ish The New Beverly), the 101 on Franklin, and at Mel's Drive-In. The one on Hllywd and Highland, anyway. Sorry that none of those are in the Valley.

                                                  Swingers has a peanut butter and banana milkshake that... well, it's good. really good. :)

                                                  Mel's Drive-In
                                                  8585 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                                                  1. Oops, also wanted to say that I agree that In n Out has good shakes. And I didn't know you could get a Neapolitan. Yum.

                                                    1. The desire for a shake can hit me suddenly, without warning. If I'm in my car and I see a Carl's nearby, I just hit the drive-thru and get a chocolate shake. It's like $3.15 plus tax. Not bad really.

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                                                      1. re: mc michael

                                                        Maybe I am poor but I always found that a rip off . . .

                                                      2. I imagine Sweet Rose Creamery has a great one. Haven't tried their shake yet, but their ice cream is tops and organic to boot.

                                                        Sweet Rose Creamery
                                                        225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                                                        1. re: 1newyorkguy

                                                          These are the shakes on Sweet Rose Creamery's menu at the moment:
                                                          Vanilla Milkshake/Malt
                                                          Chocolate Milkshake/Malt
                                                          Caramel Milkshake
                                                          Strawberry Milkshake
                                                          Seasonal Fruit Shake
                                                          Banana Milkshake
                                                          Caffé Luxxe Coffee Milkshake

                                                          Sweet Rose Creamery
                                                          225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                                            too bad they don't have a a rose shake/malt

                                                        2. Not new or trendy (it was years before the word "foodie" was used) but your post made me think the most dedicated chocolate shake incident I've ever seen - and it's still replicate-able.

                                                          I was visiting a friend. She asks if I want to go to Baskin Robbins and I say yes (what girl wouldn't?). I get a scoop. She orders a chocolate milkshake BUT --

                                                          "Instead of milk, I want chocolate milk, instead of vanilla ice cream I want chocolate ice cream and instead of chocolate syrup, I want you to use the hot fudge."

                                                          Now, I am a huge Fosselman's fan. But I still remember that shake, it was that good : )

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                                                          1. re: happybaker

                                                            My picks, mild lactose intolerance be damned:
                                                            Ube @ Oinkster.
                                                            Real Rum Raisin or Real Lemon Custard @ Hans' Ice Cream Deli
                                                            Salted Chimay Caramel @ Lucky Devils

                                                            1. re: Kris P Pata

                                                              ooh. rum raisin?! and, wait, lemon custard!

                                                              1. re: hpsquared

                                                                I haven't made it to Hans, but Fosselman's Rum Raisin is the best I've ever had - and won over my dad, a very picky life long rum raisin lover.

                                                                1. re: happybaker

                                                                  @hpsquared. Indeed! And they make both classics -- as all their ice creams -- on the premises. Thematically, the place reminds me of a Swensen's frozen in mid-late 70s decor and vibe. Upon entering, you are immediately met by a wall of glass counters to your right, the first housing their array of hand-dipped treats including house drumsticks, frozen bananas, ice cream sandwiches that put those @ Milk to shame and massive ice cream bars that reminded me of the behemoths that Spanky, Alfalafa and the rest of the Our Gang enjoyed on old "Little Rascals" episodes.

                                                                  @happybaker. I'm a fan of Fosselman's in general and their RR is great however, I rate Hans' version a bit higher. Give it a try and let us know your verdict.

                                                            2. re: happybaker

                                                              that's pretty gangsta . . . I am allergic to chocolate now, that would probably kill me. I like that you can totally customize your shake at Baskin's, I usually get Pistachio milk shakes there.

                                                            3. I like the shakes at Bob's Big Boy. I don't like much else at Bob's but their shakes are really good.

                                                              1. Growing up I over indulged countless times at the Currie's Ice Cream Parlor in Toluca Lake. Now I normally settle for one from Baskin Robbins 31 flavors.

                                                                1. I'm a huge fan of both the Counter's and the Oinkster's Milkshakes.

                                                                  The Oinkster makes all of theirs using real Fosselman's ice cream, so it's always really fatty and deliciously thick. The vanilla is a pretty simple flavor, though, and if you really want something impressive there, I'd stick to the Ube Milkshake. The ube is a purple potato found in the Philippines. The purple potato flavor is a tad odd, but it is very interesting. For reference, I rated it a 9.3/10 when I reviewed it for my blog.

                                                                  The Counter's is even better in my opinion. I'll just give you some impressions from a review I wrote: "The shake is extremely thick, to the point that it’s not served with a straw, just with a spoon. Tons of ice cream goes into this thing, so you’re really going to need the spoon to eat it. It’s rich, creamy, with kind of a malty, satisfying thickness to it. On the sweet side, but not too much. Absolutely a pleasure. 9.5/10"

                                                                  Other than that, you might want to check out the Pumpkin Shake from 8 oz. Burger Bar for something a bit different.

                                                                  Hope all that helps!

                                                                  Take care,
                                                                  The Food Buster

                                                                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                  8 oz. Burger Bar
                                                                  7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046