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Best chocolate milkshake in the DMV?

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DCChocoExaminer Jul 20, 2013 11:02 PM

I love a good milkshake but especially with the stupid humidity turning it up I love them more this time of year.

I've fallen in love with the dark chocolate milkshake. It's just rich, dark and got that malty kind of flavor that I love.

Anyone got a better suggestion?

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    Steve Jul 21, 2013 05:51 AM

    Malty flavor comes from malt, not chocolate.

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      DCChocoExaminer Jul 21, 2013 10:09 AM

      Oh I know but I'm saying it had such a flavor. I didnt ask if malt was added but it had that flavor to it.

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        Steve Jul 21, 2013 11:14 AM

        It would be unusual for them to add malt unless you ask for it. Places usually charge for that. Maybe you are confused about the flavor of malt? Where was this?

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      msjess Jul 21, 2013 02:37 PM

      Pretty sure you can get a dark chocolate milkshake at Bobby's Burger Palace up in Colelge Park and ask for malt powder

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        Elyssa Jul 21, 2013 02:57 PM

        I think the milkshakes at Shake Shack are delicious. Their chocolate one is very good (although I actually prefer their vanilla).

        The milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery. I always get the black and white but I get their chocolate would be good.

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          DCChocoExaminer Jul 21, 2013 09:41 PM

          I've never had the plain chocolate but I imagine it would be awesome. My wife always gets the toasted marshmallow at Good Stuff and I try to get whatever the seasonal one is.

          I'll def add Shake Shack to the to-do list! :)

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            Steve Jul 22, 2013 05:32 AM

            I've only been once to Shack Shack. The Washington MonuMINT concrete is so sweet it's a turn off.

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              Doh Aug 13, 2013 07:51 PM

              I got a black and white at Shake Shack and was a little disappointed-- seemed lacking in the chocolate (and maybe a little too sweet).

              My kid tried a concrete and left over probably three-quarters of it, so that's not a particularly good recommendation.

            2. Insidious Rex Jul 22, 2013 10:26 AM

              Have heard good things about the milkshakes at Ted's Bulletin especially the Mocha Kahlua but Im sure the non-Alc ones are good too.

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                DCChocoExaminer Aug 6, 2013 10:05 PM

                You know I've been past it several times and just haven't gone in yet. I've heard great things about it so I'll make it a point to go ASAP!

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                  MikeR Aug 7, 2013 05:32 AM

                  Are we talking about $6+ milk shakes here? Or more if there's some alcohol involved? I used to get milk shakes when they were a quarter at the lunch counter at the neighborhood drug store. It's been a long time, so if I get one today, it's gotta be good!

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                    flavrmeistr Aug 7, 2013 08:49 AM

                    I was at the DMV yesterday. I didn't see any milkshakes. They must not offer them at all the branches yet.

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                      MikeR Aug 7, 2013 02:56 PM

                      Hey! That was my joke.

                      The last time I was at the DMV in Arlington, there was a passable chicken place next door, but no, no milk shakes.

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                        flavrmeistr Aug 7, 2013 08:11 PM

                        I could've used some chicken. The closest food to my branch was a cornfield.

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                  DCChocoExaminer Aug 6, 2013 10:08 PM

                  Has anyone been to the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Bethesda Row yet? I tried 2 of the shakes and boy were they good. Make it a point to get out there!

                   
                   
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                    Marty L. Aug 7, 2013 12:02 PM

                    Was just there last night. Everything costs about three times more than it ought to. And the chocolate I tried, in a so-called fondue, was nothing special. I suppose if folks are paying upward of $10 for a glass of juice across the street . . . the market will bear this. It's a rip-off. (I haven't tried the milkshakes, and perhaps you're right that they're good . . . but over $7 apiece? Seriously? For a few cents worth of ingredients?)

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                      maypo Aug 7, 2013 01:30 PM

                      I got a free milkshake coupon from Cheeburger, Cheeburger in Rockville.......no need to spend a fortune on this stuff -- ever

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                        MikeR Aug 7, 2013 02:58 PM

                        Only if it's not good enough to go back for. Or do you have a coupon for unlimited milkshakes? I'd like one of those, but closer to home. What's that place near Cameron Station that people were raving about when it opened. I think most of them were raving about peanut butter shakes, though, not chocolate.

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                        Doh Aug 7, 2013 05:50 PM

                        The prices in that juice place really do amaze me. I'd rather pay $7 for a chocolate milkshake that $10 for cucumber juice, but maybe that's a poor reflection on me.

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                          hamster Aug 12, 2013 07:12 PM

                          I tried the chocolate espresso shake and it was exceptionally good. I think for high-quality chocolate, the prices are reasonable. This is no Hershey's syrup. The shake was somewhere between $7 and $8.

                          We also shared a fondue plate and though I agree the chocolate fondue itself was not that exceptional (and the flame to toast the marshmallow downright dangerous!), I thought the components to dip in were: the chocolate chip cookie, brownie, white chocolate praline chunks, all were exceptionally good. It was also served with a very good waffle loaded with berries and chocolate sorbet. Yum. I will be back!

                           
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                            DCChocoExaminer Aug 13, 2013 09:04 PM

                            It's a nice, unique place and its definitely very good overall quality so the price is justified as an "experience".

                            I'll definitely be back.

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                            DCChocoExaminer Aug 13, 2013 09:02 PM

                            You're right. The market bears the cost. Is it the BEST I've ever had? No but is it a good shake? Yes. Of course we're paying for location and ambiance but I'd rather pay $7 for a good product than spend $4 or $5 at a place with so-so product.

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                          drsmoke Aug 13, 2013 02:14 PM

                          The best Milkshake I've ever had is from Family Meal in Frederick. They add made on the premisis Marshmellow, fantastic addition I've never had anywhere else!

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                            Doh Aug 13, 2013 07:53 PM

                            I wish Voltaggio was bringing that to FH instead of lunchbox.

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                              flavrmeistr Aug 14, 2013 07:30 AM

                              My fav for milk shakes is the Barbra Fritchie diner. They're perfect.

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                                MikeR Aug 14, 2013 08:53 AM

                                I've never been there and not likely to go there, but you're probably on the right track. Since there are no more real drug store lunch counters, diner milk shakes are probably the closest thing to where milk shakes started.

                                They took a different turn (not necessarily for the worst, except for cost) when it became a contest as to what you could put in it besides milk, ice cream, and chocolate syrup, for how long a straw would stand up in the soup, and how large in diameter that straw needed to be in order to be able to suck up the beverage. .

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                                  flavrmeistr Aug 14, 2013 12:33 PM

                                  My wife calls the Barbara Fritchie the Betty Ford, because of their never-fail milkshake hangover cure. That's what it is: Hershey's ice cream, Dairy Maid whole milk and a squirt of Hershey's syrup (not too much), served in a sundae glass with the rest in the cold metal container on the side. It's plenty for two hungover people to share. They also squeeze the orange juice to order and have the lightest, crispiest pancakes around. It's not "retro", it's just a family diner that hasn't changed since about 1962. The other stuff is a bit plain, but the aforementioned items (plus sausage and eggs) are on the money every time.

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