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Best restaurant milkshakes

Posted June 2

— It's hot and the best way to cool off, outside of jumping into a pool, is to stop and get a milkshake. 

First off, we have to acknowledge the kings of milkshakes in the Triangle: 

Cook Out  and Char Grill (both have various locations in the Triangle) - With almost unlimited flavor combos, you can't go wrong at Cook Out. The only problem we have is figuring out which flavor to get. We even did a previous five faves on our favorite flavors at Cook Out. Char Grill is a Raleigh institution known for its hamburgers as well as milkshakes. Make sure you save room for one or just order with your burger. 

We love these places but wanted to fit in five new ones for our list! So...

Here are our five favorite restaurants that also serve killer milkshakes: 

Cowfish (Raleigh) - This North Hills sushi-burger joint has some great desserts. The only problem is not being too full to enjoy one. They use Ben & Jerry's vanilla bean ice cream and offer frozen Greek yogurt as an alternative. We love their Shake, Crackle & Pop (tastes just like a Rice Krispy treat) and the Gimme More S'more shakes. For a special kick, try their spiked shakes like The King Lives featuring Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, banana liqueur, fresh bananas, ice cream and peanut butter cups.

Chucks (Raleigh) - With flavors like Salty Peanut Butter with Roasted Banana and Dark Chocolate Cake, we are hooked! You can also get these spiked for an extra $3. 

Sutton's drug store (Chapel Hill) - This family-owned pharmacy serves up great lunches and pretty outstanding milkshakes. The Travelocity Gnome even had one while he was in town.

Ashworth Drug Store (Cary)  - Twitter follower Leslie Huffman actually tipped us off about this downtown store's soda fountain. In addition to hot dogs and sandwiches, you can also get milkshakes and floats. 

Person Street Pharmacy (Raleigh) - You know when the Tar Heel Traveler pays a visit, it is definitely something worth checking out! They are the only pharmacy in downtown Raleigh to have a soda fountain. Make sure to stop by on Milkshake Mondays when shakes are just $2.50. 

Honorable mentions: Wake Forest's Dairy Depot has great milkshakes and Train Wrecks (which are similar to blasts or blizzards). And the best thing - it has a drive-thru! Chick-Fil-A has some very tasty shakes. Also, Dairy Queen's Blizzards and Sonic's Blasts are great milkshake-like treats! 

And the undisputed champion of ice cream Sunni Skys of Angier also has great milkshakes!


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  • VanC Jun 3, 6:57 p.m.

    OK, I have an issue with CharGrill being on these lists repeatedly, after I watched them pour a container of "pre made shake mix" into the shake machine. Sorry, but if it isn't ice cream made, it is not a MILK SHAKE.

  • I Carry even in Cary Jun 3, 3:22 p.m.

    Howling Cow @ NC State

  • smartmomma Jun 3, 11:52 a.m.

    Backyard Burger on Leesville Rd has awesome Oreo Shakes!!

  • zonk Jun 3, 10:29 a.m.

    Cook Out too thick ! Have to eat them.

  • bgoldfan Jun 2, 7:10 p.m.

    I had a shake at cowfish it was delecies

  • iknowmyschnitzel Jun 2, 2:20 p.m.

    I actually wouldn't mind sitting on a rug and drinking a yummy milkshake!!!! If I can get my meds too...bonus!

  • Anita Woody Jun 2, 1:27 p.m.

    Re: Sutton's Rug Store

    Who knows - never been there - maybe they sell carpets and fill prescriptions?

  • iknowmyschnitzel Jun 2, 1:08 p.m.

    Sutton's Rug Store? Anyone proofread these days?