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sweet May 20, 2006 07:34 PM

i'm craving milkshakes all of a sudden and wondered what your favorites are and where? I rarely drink them so when I do I want it to be worth it!

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    j~ May 20, 2006 07:43 PM

    PB and coffee at Peanut Butter & Co. in NY and, in a pinch, at Mashti Malone's on La Brea.

    At PB & Co. you can ask them to blend PB into a coffee milkshake, but at Mashti Malone's you have to blend PB and coffee ice creams. Coffee ice cream with blended PB is, in my opinion, a much better combination...

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      Dommy! May 20, 2006 08:05 PM

      My best milk shake was at the counter... Their Apple Pie Milkshake... SOOO good...

      --Dommy!

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        westsidegal May 21, 2006 12:08 AM

        the counter uses a good quality ice cream as a base.
        it makes all the difference.

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          Ogawak Jan 13, 2007 04:09 AM

          I second the Counter. Great good all around.

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        lil mikey May 20, 2006 08:52 PM

        My favorite is the toasted pecan milkshake at Lucky Devil's in Hollywood.

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          Like-Go-Eat? May 20, 2006 09:03 PM

          Sandwiches By Connal has so many flavors. Try Peanut Butter & Banana or Chocolate & Banana and so many more. A must is "Boston Style" (scoop of ice cream on top). Theese are very good.

          Sandwiches By Connal (original post by ipsi dixit)
          1505 E Washington Blvd
          Pasadena, CA 91104-2656
          (626) 794-5018

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            xlargela May 20, 2006 10:46 PM

            fosselmans in alhambra, best milk shakes and the best most fresh ice cream ever

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              ipse dixit May 21, 2006 01:33 AM

              Fosselman's ... great ice cream, not so great shakes.

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                K May 21, 2006 01:41 AM

                Can't understand how you could have great ice cream and not have great shakes? Isn't the basic ingredient to a shake the ice cream?
                I'm not a milk shake fan...but I've seen their award for the best milk shake in LA by someone.

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                  ipse dixit May 21, 2006 02:05 AM

                  Actually, I disagree.

                  While quality ingredients are always important, when it comes to a milkshake the proportion of milk to ice cream is just as important.

                  For some reason, Fosselman's iteration is just a bit off. Maybe it's the high butterfat content of their ice cream, who knows ... but I don't really think premium ice cream is well-suited for milkshakes.

                  Just a personal preference I guess.

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                    Will Owen May 22, 2006 05:45 PM

                    I would suggest that this is true for some flavors. Chocolate, I've noticed, can have a lot more flavor in a lower-fat ice cream. I think the more astringent flavors such as lemon and green tea work better in very rich ice creams, which is probably why I love'em so...

                    That said, a Fosselman's double-chocolate malt (chocolate syrup AND ice cream) will keep my toes curled for a week.

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                JL May 21, 2006 02:19 AM

                THE perfect milkshake:

                The green tea milkshake at Buster's Coffee in South Pasadena - they indeed use Fosselman's ice cream (they've got many flavors) - BUT my fave by far is the green tea shake. So damn good!

                Buster's
                1006 Mission St.
                South Pasadena
                (626) 441-0744

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                  JL May 21, 2006 02:22 AM

                  By the way, a close second to Buster's in South Pasadena is the Oreo shake at Cafe 50's in West LA, on Santa Monica Blvd.

                  Cafe 50's
                  11623 Santa Monica Bl.
                  West Los Angeles
                  (310) 479-1955

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                    nooodles May 21, 2006 10:03 AM

                    How'sthe rest of the food at 50's Cafe? Decent and reasonable enough for a casual meal, or best avoided unless hungering for nostalgia?

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                      JL May 21, 2006 08:06 PM

                      It's good! A huge menu of the usual favorites. Try it.

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                sku May 21, 2006 11:52 AM

                I don't know that I would call it the best ever, but Fred 62 in Los Feliz does good, reliably thick shakes. And I had a surprisingly good malt at the Disney soda fountain next to the El Capitan theatre.

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                  jcwla May 21, 2006 02:57 PM

                  They make a very good one at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.
                  They also have a great old-time candy counter with some of your nostalgic faves.

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                    jcwla May 22, 2006 02:05 PM

                    And they also make a good mint chocolate chip one at the multiplex -- I think maybe a Pacific theater -- not too far from the Pond toward Anaheim.

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                    David Kahn May 21, 2006 03:28 PM

                    Low brow, as usual, but every once in a while, I get a craving for a chocolate malt (with extra malt powder) from Baskin Robbins. (For some reason, I usually go to the drive-through one in Burbank.) Something about that malt flavor and the slight crunchiness of the malt powder together with the cold richness of the ice cream really does it for me. It would not surprise me if there were better, more artisanal shakes around, but for some reason, about once a year, this is the one I end up craving.

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                      yupyup May 22, 2006 12:17 AM

                      ben & jerry cookies and cream, or vanilla
                      or Carl's Jr shake

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                        Jerome May 22, 2006 01:28 AM

                        a little off the beaten track -
                        I'd say
                        1. The guanabana shake at either La Fonda Antioquena on Melrose, or at Cafe Tropical, parkman and Sunset. At the first, make sure it's with milk.

                        2. Fosselman's and whatever the name of that coffee shop with the fountain is near the intersection of Atlantic and Garvey and Huntington Dr/ alhambra-south pas border region.

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                          ipse dixit May 22, 2006 03:47 PM

                          "2. Fosselman's and whatever the name of that coffee shop with the fountain is near the intersection of Atlantic and Garvey and Huntington Dr/ alhambra-south pas border region."

                          You mean Twoheys??? Maybe 10-15 years ago, but now the place has really gone down hill, unfortunately.

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                            Will Owen May 22, 2006 05:25 PM

                            Twohey's has gotten some bad buzz here over the past year or so, apparently well-deserved, but the fountain stuff does not seem to have suffered. Their hot fudge sundae defines the category, IMO. Last malt I had there was perfect, too. I'd prefer to go to Fosselman's for this sort of thing, but if it's late at night Twohey's will do. Same ice cream.

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                              sel May 23, 2006 04:04 PM

                              While the Lads and I enjoyed our Hot Fudge Sundaes at Twohey's a few months ago, the surley manager said that they did not use Fosselman's ice cream when I asked. I too prefer Fosselman's!

                              Fosselman's
                              1824 W. Main St.
                              Alhambra, CA 91801
                              626 282 6533

                              Link: http://www.fosselmans.com/

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                          archer May 22, 2006 01:10 PM

                          Great classic chocolate shakes @ Nat's Early Bite in Valley Glen (Burbank & Hazeltine)

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                            nrique May 24, 2006 10:59 PM

                            Whenever I need a fix and can't get to a GREAT place. I find the closest Jack N' the box. They make the best Fast Foof shake. Especially there Orio Cookie shake, a killer when the temp goes up in July!

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                              BrookeN Jan 13, 2007 03:40 AM

                              ipse dixit is brilliant (Will Owens, too)! I, too, love double chocolate malts from Fosselmans on Main St in Alhambra. They are best made by the younger counter help than the apparently older permanent workers because they don't over mix them (resulting in lovely, thick shakes). There's one fellow who always seems to work the counter at night who multitasks a little too much and will leave a shake or malt on the mixer endlessly. We call him Soup Boy, and try to avoid him. Otherwise Fosselmans is supreme, for ice cream and fountain, especially the aforesaid described chocolate malts. Mmmmmm. Open til 10!

                              Soda Jerks and Pie N Burger in Pasadena, and Fair Oaks Pharmacy deserve a yummy malt mention.

                              Anyone remember the piled-high soft ice cream shakes at Bob's Big Boy? Not in the pure soda fountain class of the above establishments, but very unique, right out of a soft serve machine. Fond mempories remain of the malts at White Spot in Vancouver (and Triple O Cheesburgers, eh?) or the Hudsons Bay department store malts also in Vancouver (Canada). Their malts came ready to drink out of a modified soft ice cream machine but more 'liquidy' than Bob's.

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                                jackattack Jan 22, 2010 05:02 PM

                                Connal's in Pasadena makes good shakes from a soft-serve shake machine. For some reason they don't post all their flavors outside on the menu board, but if you go inside it's tacked up. Peanut Butter n Banana shake, yum.

                                www.connals.com

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                                carter Jan 13, 2007 04:01 AM

                                If you are proximate to Eagle Rock,the Oinkster on Colorado a few blocks east of Eagle Rock Blvd. makes a mean milk shake or malt using Fosselmans ice cream, and it stays open fairly late in the evening.

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                                  sel Jan 24, 2010 08:18 AM

                                  I've said it before and now that this old post has been revived I'll say it again. Oinkster owner/chef Andre G.'s creation, Ube Shake made with Fosselman's ice cream is my favorite milk shake ANYWHERE!

                                  -----
                                  Oinkster
                                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                  milkzhake Jan 21, 2010 10:52 PM

                                  vote for the best milkshake ever at the newest and only Milkshake Community http://milkshake.ning.com

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                                    degustateur Jan 22, 2010 01:19 AM

                                    In order of preference - French Vanilla Bean, Date, Coconut Pineapple, Cappuccino, Black Walnut or Butter Pecan at Fosselman’s. Availability varies.

                                    Fosselman’s Ice Cream
                                    1824 W. Main Street
                                    Alhambra, CA 91801
                                    (626) 282-6533

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                                      jackattack Jan 22, 2010 04:59 PM

                                      Banana Walnut!!!!

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                                      mikester Jan 22, 2010 08:31 AM

                                      Had a vanilla/chocolate chip malt at Milk a few weeks back, it was pretty amazing !

                                      For me, it was the perfect shake. You could really taste the quality of the thing.

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                                        coffeebrownies Jan 22, 2010 05:09 PM

                                        When I was nursing my daily fix was a coffee malted at Papoo's in Burbank. (I hope its still there!)

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                                          yumyumintumtum Jan 24, 2010 06:22 AM

                                          I'm definitely a BIG MILKSHAKE GIRL!!! Experience: The Counter does a good shake but you have to ask for it thick! otherwise its kinda liquidy. The Habit Burger has some awesome shakes (chocolate, mocha, strawberry), but the vanilla lacks in flavor. Milk in Beverly Hills has good shakes. Their Milkie Way Malt is epical but its one of those shakes where you feel like you're half drinking-half eating cause of all the chips. As long as you don't mind that, its amazing. The Stand also does decent shakes but once again you have to ask for it thick!

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                                            ms.sunshine Jan 24, 2010 09:04 PM

                                            Ground Zero Performance Cafe on the USC campus offers some great selection of deliciously thick milkshakes! Try the swashbuckler, a chai tea flavored of milkshake goodness. :)

                                            http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/gz...

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                                              mc michael Sep 21, 2011 09:26 AM

                                              Carl's Jr. actually makes a decent basic shake. Carl's incidentally gives 10% senior discounts if you ask.

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                                                AAQjr Sep 21, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                Forget milk shakes I miss the Maleada's my grandfather used to make on the lime green hamilton beach machine!

                                                It's pretty hard to find a malted milk shake and when you do. Hardly ever do they use enough malt.

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                                                  meg3325 Nov 22, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                  Jack in the Box makes killer shakes - much better than Mickey D's. Topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top, it's about as decadent as you can get. For a fast food shake, it's the best! Thick, good flavor and not runny.

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                                                    js76wisco Nov 28, 2011 03:20 PM

                                                    My new favorite milkshake in all of SoCal is at Bruxie. They have 2 locations in OC. They use frozen custard for their shakes and it makes a world of difference. Not as sweet as regular ice cream and you cannot beat the smooth, creamy, milky texture and overall goodness.

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