Special Report

The 25 Best Milkshakes in America and Where to Try Them

Source: Courtesy of Linda H. via Yelp

1. S’mores
> Establishment: Phillips Avenue Diner
> Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

There are more elaborate offerings on the milkshake menu at this old-style diner — for instance the Whatchamacallit (made with chocolate, caramel, Rice Krispies and peanuts) — but reviewers tend to single out the s’mores shake, blended with graham crackers and hot fudge, with a cluster of toasted marshmallows on top.

Source: Courtesy of Lindsey J. via Yelp

2. Awful Awful Chocolate
> Establishment: Newport Creamery
> Location: 12 Rhode Island and Massachusetts locations

Don’t let the name of this shake scare you off: It’s short for “awful big, awful good.” More than a dozen flavors are available, but it’s the classic chocolate that gets the nod.

Source: Courtesy of Colette H. via Yelp

3. White Russian
> Establishment: Stanley Restaurant
> Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Alcohol-spiked milkshakes seem like the best of two worlds: the frothy ice cream-based drink we’ve loved since we were kids combined with a grown-up punch. The White Russian shake at this classic Louisiana eatery, combining homemade ice cream with vodka and Kahlúa, defines the genre.

Source: Courtesy of Veronica C. via Yelp

4. Purple Vanilla
> Establishment: The Purple Cow
> Location: Little Rock and other Arkansas cities

The Purple Cow is on almost everybody’s list of best milkshake places in America, and its most famous offering is the Purple Vanilla shake — a creamy concoction of Yarnell’s Arkansas-made vanilla ice cream, colored and flavored with grape juice.

Source: Courtesy of Danny A. via Yelp

5. Be Still Cody
> Establishment: Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar
> Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Yes, Cousteau’s is named for famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. (Owner Stephen DiMares’s father and grandfather once overhauled the Frenchman’s boat.) The menu items, however, have a different nautical provenance: They’re named after people, places, and lines from Wes Anderson’s 2004 “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” starring Bill Murray. Aficionados will recall the iconic scene in which Jeff Goldblum smacks a whining dog with the words: “Be still, Cody!” It’s unclear exactly how that moment translates to a chocolate shake enhanced with espresso, mocha sauce, and espresso whipped cream, but the result is delicious.

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