Creamy, frothy and filled with everything from peanut butter to booze, shakes are like dessert you can have during dinner. These are the 8 Greatest places to find them.
Kicking off the Great 8 is The Fix in Worcester. This is the ultimate place to cure all of your guilty pleasure urges, with juicy burgers with creative toppings, and a bar that mixes up homemade sodas and creamy milkshakes. Whether you order one straight up or spiked, they’re all made the old fashioned way, by hand. They take milk, slow churned ice cream, syrup, and shake, shake, shake it.
BRGR BAR in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire offers satisfying shakes in some over the top flavors. There’s the Sea Salt, Caramel and Pretzel which gives you sweet and salty all in one sip. A tasty spin on campfire favorite S’mores is mixed with vanilla soft serve, Nutella, marshmallow topping and graham crackers.
Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers
Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers in Harvard Square, Cambridge has been serving burgers to hungry students since the sixties. This busy hangout has wooden tables and plastic patio chairs crammed into its dorm room decorated space. And there’s no better way to tack on your freshman 15 than with one of their outstanding frappes in flavors like Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Trifle.
With location in Saugus, Methuen, North Andover, and at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading, Fuddruckers is famous for fluffy, fresh-baked buns, a top it yourself produce bar loaded up with anything and everything you’d want to slap on a burger, and some of the best beef in the business. The ultimate way to wash it down is with a thick creamy shake, available in classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, all hand-blended to order.
Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton is an iconic eatery serving all of your diner standards like flapjacks, French toast, burgers, meatloaf and more. The dessert menu lists all of the things you’d expect from an old fashioned diner, with everything from apple pie to chocolate cake. And for just a couple of bucks, you can get a hand-scooped Mini Milkshake, made with Richardson’s ice cream.
Longmeadow, West Hartford
Max Burger in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and West Hartford, Connecticut is a casual spot specializing in all things burgers. But if you want your sweet without the meat, there are homemade milkshakes that range from standards like Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry, to decadent creations like Banana Chocolate Malted or PB&J.
Smashburger in Natick, Medford, and Westwood is known for its signature smashed patty burgers and addictive fries. To complete the meal, order a smashingly extra thick milk shake studded with bits of Butterfinger or Oreo cookies, and finished with whipped cream.
Delekta Pharmacy in Warren, Rhode Island is a nostalgic spot that dates back to 1858, and it’s still a working pharmacy to this day. But more importantly, Delekta is home to a Rhode Island frozen delicacy called “The Cabinet”. Don’t call it a shake. Don’t call it a frappe. Just order a Coffee Cabinet, and you’ll get a tall glass full of house made coffee syrup made with a 100 year old recipe, combined with coffee ice cream and fresh milk for a frothy delicious treat.
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