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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?