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Best milkshakes in the Bay Area?

Scott Herhold a columnist in the SJ Mercury Newspaper drank a bunch of shakes for his column Tues 3/15. The best they found was Val's Burgers in Hayward for good strawberry & cookies & cream. $5 ea for taste, thickness. Classic Burger in Los Gatos was tasty & cheap $2.50 for banana chocolate shake. They found Falafel Drive-In in SJ for $3 banana shake lumpy & inconsistent.

Your favorites?

Val's Burgers
2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541

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  1. Used to be that my favorite was the chocolate-banana milkshake at Rico's Diner, but I've read several downhill reports (though not about the milkshakes specifically) and speculation that there might have been an ownership change, though I've not confirmed this myself.

    Rico's Diner
    400 15th Street, Oakland, CA

    1. falafel drive in def. isn't my favorite milkshake, but i've always found the combo of falafel and milkshake to be unique and delicious

      1. Peninsula Creamery

        Palo Alto.
        Get the Chocolate Malt, extra thick.
        Memories of late nights in grad school....

        Peninsula Creamery
        900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        1. taylor's in st helena makes a good milkshake.

          Gott's Roadside
          933 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

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          1. I had a pretty awesome Chocolate Malt at The Original Mel's in Berkeley

            Original Mel's
            171 Nut Tree Pkwy, Vacaville, CA 95687

            1. The best milkshake by far is Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville's Chocolate Guinness Shake. It contains espresso and the bitterness and carbonation of the beer is an extremely good foil for the other components. I don't like beer and this is extremely good.

              Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
              4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

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              1. re: primetonal

                They call it the shakin' jesse and I like it a lot (and I do like beer).

                Fenton's also makes a good milkshake. If you get the large one they also give you what's left in the mixing glass.

                Fenton's Creamery
                4226 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

              2. The black and white shake at Giant Chef Burger in Pleasant Hill is very tasty and generously proportioned (they bring the extra in the metal mixing cup)

                Giant Chef Burger
                10 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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                1. re: vday

                  I like a really thick shake. Barneys Turkish Coffee is one of my favorites.

                2. i really dig the combination flavors at Pearl's: mmmm...chocolate, peanut butter!

                  1. The best milkshake is at Tucker's in Alameda. First of all, they start with the best, creamiest, freshest ice cream in the east bay, then keep it really thick and rich with just the right amount of milk. The thing is HUGE, and they often have to put it in 2 cups if you're taking it to go. My favorites are cookies and cream, coffee, and macapuno (young coconut). I don't mean to start a fight, but I have to say, Fenton's leaves alot to be desired next to Tucker's.

                    Tucker's Ice Cream
                    1349 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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                    1. re: girljosh

                      "best ... ice cream in the east bay" --- they use Tara's? I would love a Tara's milkshake.

                    2. Consider making the drive to Gemma T's Drive In on Hwy 12, Rio Vista. It's all good, but milk shakes and malteds are to die for. Tell them what you'd like, and enjoy - $3.50 for a small and closer to $5 for a large shake or malted. While you're up the delta look around and find some fun and interesting thing to do and places to visit. .It's worth the trip.

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                      1. re: pabell

                        Foster's BigHorn for a bison burger, a visit to aging trolley's and a stop to pick up It's It for your cooler.

                      2. Shaws Ice Cream in San Bruno is incredible, service is slow as molasses though.

                        1. I have to admit I have not personally tried any of these shakes, but they look pretty interesting!

                          The Twinkie Shake at Burger Bar in Union Square, Salted Caramel shake at Greenburger's in Lower Haight, and the Pie shakes from Green Chile Kitchen all sound pretty amazing to me.


                          Green Chile Kitchen
                          1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                          518 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117