There is nothing quite as delicious or satisfying as a cold, creamy milkshake. But making a milkshake is not as easy as we think. It has to have the right proportions of milk, ice cream and any additional ingredients. It has to be blended for just the right amount of time so that the consistency is thick and luscious, without being too dense. Here is a list of where to get the best, most perfectly concocted milkshakes in town so you can enjoy this decadent dessert any day of the week. Each one of these spots does something special to set its milkshakes apart from all the other shakes available in DC.
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
The milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery, the first restaurant opened by “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelssohn, are some of the best in town because they are hand spun. These milkshakes come in lip-smacking good flavors like toasted marshmallow, complete with a whole marshmallow on top and salted caramel with loads of liquid caramel drizzled into the milkshake. The strawberry is sweet and simple, the cookies ‘n cream has real Oreo pieces and the red velvet is a bright red treat. Each one is topped with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy one of these magnificent milkshakes for $5.45.
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2047 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
For the best boozy milkshakes in town, Satellite Room is your place. Alcohol adds an element of warmth to the frozen beverages, making them all the more tasty. Those looking for a hint of alcohol, try the black and white with vodka, which is called Sammy & Kim, or the vanilla with bourbon, titled Vincent Vega. Anyone looking for something a bit stronger should order the Latka Gravas with espresso, Hennessy and hazelnut. Milkshakes are all $10, although you can get each one without alcohol for $5.
505 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
www.tedsbulletincapitolhill.com Not only are the milkshakes at Ted’s delicious, but this is one of the best places in DC to get a milkshake just because of the sheer variety of shakes. Ted’s offers 17 different kinds of milkshakes, and eight types of adult milkshakes, which means they are infused with alcohol. The “dry” shake flavors include apple pie, orange push up and s’mores, while the alcoholic options feature a tequila sunrise, a white Russian and a Bailey’s caramel macchiato. This is a great place to go with friends, order a handful and sample away. Regular shakes are $6.49 and the ones with booze are $8.99.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
They may be the simplest milkshakes in town, but that is what makes them so good. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC institution, and what makes the restaurant great is the causal diner atmosphere and the classic American fare of chili, fries, coleslaw and, of course, milkshakes. Its flavors are few, but what Ben’s Chili Bowl does, it does well. Try the sweet strawberry shake, it goes perfectly with the salty chili cheese fries. Each one is only $3.55.
5766 2nd St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20011
The reason Dolci Gelati’s milkshakes are so good is because of the quality of their main ingredient. Instead of ice cream, these shakes are made with gelato, which means these shakes are richer and creamier than regular milkshakes. The chocolate milkshake is one of the best, made with a gelato that has the most intense chocolate flavor. Enjoy one from the retail store in Takoma Park or from the new food truck.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.