Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kansas City's Top 10 milkshakes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM

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Some of the contenders filed away for further testing.

There are plenty of places to find cool, creamy milkshakes around town, but finding really good ones is a different matter. Here are Charles and Owen's top 10.


10. Chubby's, 3756 Broadway, 816-931-2482. Any place modeled after a '50s diner should have good shakes and Chubby's doesn't disappoint. Both the chocolate and vanilla are concrete-thick, with large spoonfuls of ice cream that haven't mixed all the way with the milk creating a soft/hard consistency that surprises in each bite. The price is a little steep though, at $4.05 with tax. 


9. Winstead's, 20 plus locations. The Winstead's shake is creamy to the max. The chocolate flavor is right down the middle, not so weak you can't taste it but not strong enough to overpower the burger and fries. There's a reason it's a Kansas City icon and at only $2.69 with tax, it's the right price too.


8. Town Topic2021 Broadway St and 1900 Baltimore. The chocolate milkshake is the star here. Made old-school with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream in front of your eyes, it runs $3.62 with tax. When it's four in the morning and you need a shake fix, this is the place.

7. Foo's Frozen Custard, 6235 Brookside Plaza and  3832

West 95th Street. Foo's has the same heavy/complex custard flavor in each bite. It's on the thin-side (almost too thin for a

spoon) but packs a punch, especially the vanilla custard with

chocolate syrup. Prices start at $3.53 for a small.

 

6. Georgetown Pharmacy's Old Time Soda Fountain & Espresso Shop,

5605 Merriam Drive, Merriam, 913-362-0313. Look closely for this

building, which doesn't look much like a pharmacy (or anything else,

for that matter). The well-lit,

cheery soda fountain is at the very back of a long, narrow store and

there's typically a friendly teenager happy to whip up an excellent

malt ($4.50) or milkshake ($3.95) in the following flavors: chocolate,

caramel, strawberry, pineapple, butterscotch or marshmallow.

 

5. Harold's Drive Inn, 1337 Admiral Boulevard, 816- 221-2359.

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maybe in the 1950s, the original owner, Harold McBain, used

hand-scooped ice cream for his milkshakes and malts, but fans of this

independently owned burger joint prefer the soft-serve ice cream that's

been used for many years. Current owner Nancy Smith (right) likes to

prove how thick her shakes are by holding them upside down. A regular

shake is $2.25 and a larger version goes for $2.95. The flavors are cherry, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana and black walnut.

 


4. Jerry's Woodswether Cafe,

1414 W. 9th St., 816-472-6333. Jerry's still serves a classic milkshake

served in a tall tumbler (made of plastic, unfortunately) and topped

with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino

cherry. Both malts and shakes are $3.54.

 

3. Murrays, 4120

Pennsylvania, 816-931-5646. Murray's starts off with some of the best

ice cream flavors in the city. The chocolate is a real standout here, and is so

rich that even the small size is plenty for two people to split.   

 

2. Fox's Drug Store,

10004 E. 63rd St., 816-353-1600. Walt Bodine, former teen soda jerk at

his dad's drugstore in the 1930s, insists that the shakes and malts at

Fox's Drug Store are unmatched in creaminess and superiority. Who could

argue with such a renowned expert?

 

1. Blanc Burgers + Bottles, 419 Westport Rd. and 10583

Mission Rd. The main complaint against vanilla milkshakes is that

they're too plain. That's not the case at Blanc where the real vanilla

bean flavor is stronger and more flavorful than just about anywhere else.

At $5, it's the most expensive milkshake on the list but even Vincent Vega would agree, it's worth every penny.

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