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by fredo
on 7/9/2008 @ 1:41pm
I should know better than to go to a chain restaurant. I ordered a milk shake at Jack in the Box and the counter person asked if I wanted it with whipped cream and cherry. I replied that I did not. You can probably guess where this is going. Ten minutes went by then she handed me my order...complete with whipped cream and cherry. Does this only happen to me?

by jcbetty on 7/9/2008 @ 2:24pm
I about had an epileptic fit at a drive-up Starbucks once, ordering my usual (not so hot nonfat latte, not such a tough order) --I got a tongue-scorching hugely vanilla-ed 2% funk-o-latte, instead. And I was so pissed to have gotten the wrong drink after such an obscene wait that I didn't even bother correcting the order. My shake-fix woulda' been to give the cherry and whipped cream to the kid, which really only works if the kid is in the car, I guess...

by KevinFreitas on 7/9/2008 @ 10:46pm
So where can one get the best shakes in the Universe of Tacoma? I've enjoyed Cavanaugh's just down the street from my house. Any other winners out there?

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 8:12am
Make it yourself, especially if the people who you give money to can't do it for you. As always, if you want something done right, do it yourself.

Don't forget, the people trained in these "restaurants" are often trained by cartoons nowadays. Saw someone at McDonald's being indoctrinated with a cartoon video on how to be an employee at McDonald's. So, what do you expect? Be glad they can say, how can I help you, if they do that. They usually just stare at you blankly.

Frisko Freeze does a good shake, of course.
Art & Soul does a good fruit freeze/smoothie that you can get with or without dairy. Of course then they ask if you want whip on your non-dairy drink, but whatever. I only had one issue there ever and it was a girl's new day and they left her unattended. I don't blame her, simply the owner for not taking their job seriously and making sure their employees know what they're doing. But she's trained now it seems.

by fredo on 7/10/2008 @ 12:45pm
Franks place (So. 12th) across from the Mandolin has good shakes and a really good deli is the MSM across from the Funeral Parlor on 6th Ave.

by thriceallamerican on 7/10/2008 @ 12:58pm
Renaissance Cafe puts out an excellent coffee-ish shake.

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2008 @ 1:00pm
I'm so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that's a straw, you see? You watching?. And my straw reaches acroooooooss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake... I... drink... your... milkshake!
[sucking sound]

by Dave L. on 7/10/2008 @ 1:04pm
Kev, I don't know Cavanaugh's but for shakes I'd wager to say Antique Sandwich Co., and Don's Ruston Market a block away. And Pick Quick in Fife if it's within range of your scooter. Is Little Holland gone yet from Orchard

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2008 @ 1:08pm

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 1:21pm
Little Holland is still around. When they're open, however, is a different matter. It's pretty much all volunteer run from what I've read.

Art & Soul does shakes too, just haven't tried one there. Don's Ruston Market does soda fountain-style drinks also. Too bad they don't put in the good drugs like they used at the original soda fountains!

Ben Dew's Clubhouse in the west end serves a good milkshake at their place and gives you what's left in the mixer cup.

There's the Spar. Do they do shakes?

Down on Ruston Way there's Frank's Family Drive-in by the dock. They used to inhabit what is now the 12th Ave. Cafe. Haven't tried their shakes, just know they have them.

by ensie on 7/10/2008 @ 2:54pm
This is just begging for me to tell you that, "my milkshake, is better than yours..." (no linkage due to the fact that I'm commenting from my mobile phone).

by Erik on 7/10/2008 @ 4:21pm
Inspired and just got back from 12th street Burgers:

by Heather S. on 5/31/2009 @ 8:44pm
Hello? Frisco Freeze, anyone? (I saw escaping slave's nod, but I don't think the post did Frisco Freeze's milkshakey perfection justice). I just tried Don's Market, having heard it was better than FF. It was good, especially in terms of the chocolate flavor, but the chocolate malted at FF was much more malty and frosty. My husband, a strawberry milkshake afficionado, thought FF beat Don's on strawberry as well. Soooo, there you have it. Don's is good, Frisco Freeze is GREAT!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/31/2009 @ 10:45pm
I second FF.

And as a heads up, don't even bother asking for no onions in your burrito at the Taco Bell on 6th. They never take them out.