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Best Milkshake in DC?

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I'm having a serious milkshake craving and don't want to waste my time on lesser quality stuff. I'm already considering Good Stuff Eatery (the toasted marshmallow) or Z burger in Tenleytown, but I'm open to suggestions...where's the best?

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Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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  1. Why look? GSE's toasted marshmallow is the stuff dreams are made of. mmmmm toasted marshmallooooowwwww

    1. The milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery are probably the best in town. The toasted marshmallow is good but I also like their black and white.

      The milkshakes at BGR are also pretty good...quite thick and they have special flavors each month.

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      Good Stuff Eatery
      303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Oh, is the black and white good? I do love a B&W, but most places don't do it right. I'll definitely check out the ones at BGR too.

        1. re: caphill2320

          They do vanilla ice cream shake with chocolate syrup drizzled in. It's delicious!

          1. re: Elyssa

            Went last night and was served well by the toasted marshmallow. Husband had the black and white, but it's not quite right. The chocolate is a little too thick. A classic B&W uses the syrup swirled in and goes up the straw easily. Don't get me wrong, they were both excellent though.

            1. re: caphill2320

              I really like the thickness of the chocolate. While you are drinking this creamy, vanilla deliciousness, all of a sudden you get this thick glop of rich chocolate in your mouth. I can't think about this anymore or I'll need to run down there!

      2. @ GSE, the Milky Way is the sleeper hit

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        1. re: WestIndianArchie

          I agree. I think the toasted marshmallow comes in a distant second to the Milky way.

        2. Hey, sorta off topic, but if you want the best milkshake on planet Earth, make this

          5 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
          1.25 cups apple cider (the murky/spiced kind found in the produce section displays)
          1/2 tsp cinnamon

          1. A new milkshake spot is opening later this week (week of 3 May) on the Hill -- It is called Ted's Bulletin and I think it is run by the Matchbox pizza people. It was the former District Hardware and I got to sneak in last week for a peek. It looks fantastic and they are going to have a bunch of milkshake flavors plus some "adult" versions with booze. Spike is going to get a little competition from Barracks Row!

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            1. re: caphillbdc

              Unless Spike gets a liquor license, he's going have a battle for the grown-up trade. Friends who went to an opening at Ted's last night were raving about the White Russian Milkshake. They apparently offer a number of "spiked" versions.
              Reviews of the food were very good too.

              1. re: MakingSense

                eh - those of us who don't drink (or don't like being around those who drink a lot) need to have some milk shake goodness, too. if their normal shakes can compete - then awesome. I think we might try it out on Saturday, but their menu isn't online yet.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  Ted's is much more of a restaurant than a bar. A pretty extensive breakfast menu served all day - 7AM to 11PM. Pretty much geared to the whole family.
                  It doesn't sound like this is going to be wild bar. Thank God, because I'm with you on that scene.

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    Here's the menu - and the shake list.
                    http://tedsbulletin.com/index.php/men...

                    1. re: MakingSense

                      98% of me doesn't want to read it in case it's awesome b/c I want to go to Palena on Sat night and going to Teds for lunch and Palena for dinner is a bit too much!

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                      Palena
                      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                      1. re: MakingSense

                        I couldn't resist...had to check out Ted's Bullletin today. I arrived about 1:05 p.m. and was told the kitchen had stopped cooking for a couple of hours, but was told I could still get a shake, but not an "adult shake" to go. I mulled over the White Russian but decided on the Mocha Kahlua. It took forever to get because the shake guy had to make at least 6 before he got to me -- shakes are very popular there, apparently, which is a good sign. They serve them like they were served in the days of yore -- a chilled fountain glass with the shake and whipped cream on top and a straw, and the remainder served to you in the metal mixing container with a long spoon in it.

                        The shake was delicious - it had lots of little chocolate bits in it, and great whipped cream. The only issue I had with it was that I couldn't really taste any alcohol in it and I definitely felt no effects from alcohol afterward. Everyone may not experience this - I know I'm an expensive drunk, but still, when one pays for alcohol, one wants the effects it produces! It cost about $8.50 with tax before tip. I would rank this shake second in town behind Good Stuff Eatery, and ahead of Z Burger and BGR.

                        I loved the look of the place - and I LOVE that they serve breakfast all day (except when the kitchen is closed). I'll definitely be back to eat sometime. I'll try another shake as well - next time maybe one of the no-alcohol types.

                        1. re: woodleyparkhound

                          closed?! we walked by at around 12:15 and it seemed busy but we resisted in favor of Palena this evening. There are a few new places there - Teds and another place down the street (or up? away from the Barracks towards PA Ave).

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                          Palena
                          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                          1. re: Jeserf

                            Ted's Bulletin wasn't closed but I was told that the kitchen was closed, meaning I couldn't order any cooked food. There was a guy next to me finishing a hamburger so they must close the kitchen at 1:00.

                            Yeah, that street has changed so much in the last few years. I still want to try Cava and the Belga Cafe.

                2. I saw a Bananas Foster milkshake on special at Good Stuff Eatery, but they ran out.

                  For a first timer, the toasted marshmallow is the way to go as it is unique, but all the shakes are at least very good including all those mentioned and the soursop / strawberry combo.

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                  Good Stuff Eatery
                  303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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                  1. re: Steve

                    I'm going to have to second the Toasted Marshmallow. It's a nearly unforgettable experience in an otherwise mediocre fast food place.