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The Best Place to Get a Shake in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Erin D. via Yelp

26. Montana: Big Dipper Ice Cream
> Location: Missoula and other locations

Homemade ice cream is the foundation for the shakes here. In addition to the usual flavors, Big Dipper makes White Mint Oreo, El Salvador coffee, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, and vanilla-Reese’s, along with seasonal specialties. Shakes are available made with chai or espresso in place of milk.

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27. Nebraska: Bronco’s
> Location: Omaha

The original Bronco’s, opened in 1959, was Omaha’s first locally owned and operated fast-food restaurant. Today, there are two locations, both serving breakfast, burgers, and chicken dinners, as well as milkshakes. The restaurant keeps things simple in that last regard, offering just chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla — the shakes are not meant to be desserts in their own right but classical accompaniments to the burgers.

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28. Nevada: Beefy’s
> Location: Reno

A basic diner, famous for its burgers, Beefy’s offers milkshakes to “make your mustache smile.” A dozen options are available, the more unusual of them being almond, rosewater, and maple bacon. As an alternative, Beefy’s will also sell customers vanilla ice cream with a beer on the side.

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29. New Hampshire: Brgr Bar
> Location: Portsmouth

In addition to such shakes as chocolate, peanut butter, and sea salt/caramel/pretzel, Brgr Bar serves “adult” milkshakes, like the Painkiller (coconut rum, pineapple, nutmeg, and a dark rum float) and the Thin Mint (brownie bits, chocolate syrup, rum, and peppermint schnapps). There is an outpost of Brgr Bar in Portland, Maine, with another New Hampshire location in the works.

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30. New Jersey: Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery
> Location: Bloomfield

Holsten’s, descended from an ice cream parlor that opened under another name in 1939, is famous in pop culture as the scene of the final, ambiguous moments of the HBO series “The Sopranos.” It’s also renowned for its milkshakes, based on homemade ice cream in numerous flavors. These include vanilla chip, vanilla fudge, coffee chip, maple walnut, rum raisin, and various monthly specials.

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