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Bites Nearby: It's Always the Right Time for a Shake

Local Patch editors offer their choices for great places to get a milkshake. Where are yours?

The milkshake is the great equalizer.

A father can share it with his sons. A father-in-law can get as excited as his granchildren over the prospect of a collosal shake.

Needless to say, there have been many a discussion over milkshakes in my house—a generation-spanning topic of conversation.

Annapolis—Normally I find it difficult to sit down and pinpoint something as my favorite. That is, until I'm asked about milkshakes. This is an easy one— on Main Street in downtown Annapolis. This is the best milkshake around and my wife will attest to the fact that I routinely declare it the "best" I've ever had.

That said, a close contender is the collosal shake just across the street at . It has become a family favorite and my kids and my father-in-law seem to somehow always make a convincing argument to sample one whenever we're together.

Here are some recommended milkshake destinations, provided by fellow Patch editors throughout the county.

Edgewater—My all-time favorite milkshakes come from Roy Rodgers Restaurants (the Butterfinger milkshake) but since those aren't available locally, takes the crown for South County. At “,” they put whipped cream on top of the shake, making it sweeter and thicker than other food establishments.

Crofton—Head to Bruster's at 1125 Route 3 North in Gambrills, where you can get a thick shake made from your favorite ice cream or hit the  where the extensive menu includes milkshakes along with egg creams (that don't have eggs or cream in them).

Glen Burnie—With a few locally owned ice cream shops to choose from in Glen Burnie,  has stood the test of time—including having customer support stop them from being bought out by  mall. Stop by the lunch counter that's known just as well for its shakes as its footlongs. Choose from flavors including vanilla, chocolate, orange and banana. They don't take credit cards, but they recently added an ATM in case you forget some cash.

Odenton-Severn—A few weeks ago, I named on Piney Orchard Parkway as the best place to grab a sandwich. Well, it also happens to be the best place in Odenton for a good milkshake. They're thick, they're handmade and priced right at $3.

When you "gotta" have a milkshake, where do you go?

Trevor Gryffyn February 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
My favorites were already listed, but I feel compelled to make sure CheeburgerCheeburger at the Festival at Riva gets a shoutout. Also, Johnny Rockets and Red Robin at Annapolis Mall and TGIFridays have good shakes. Red Robin has some really great seasonal shakes sometimes. They had some kind of gingerbread thing around Christmas that was amazing and TGIFridays has some good boozy milkeshakes for adults.
John Wilfong February 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Trevor, good point. Cheeburger Cheeburger is great, especially if you're feeling adventurous to try new flavors. I'll have to try your other suggestions. I'm usually too full after Red Robin to squeeze in a shake, haha. Thanks for the suggestions.
Trevor Gryffyn February 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Very true.. hard to find room after a burger and "unlimited fries" at Red Robin (as big as I am, I don't get a refill on fries, ever). If we know Red Robin has some special seasonal thing, we'll eat lighter and save room. hah

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