Alcohol isn't the only drink Dallas residents like to guzzle down; they are also big fans of milkshakes. So we decided to seek out the best milkshake joints in Dallas, asking each spot for the most delicious item on the menu.
The next time you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, opt out of the usual bar crawl for a milkshake crawl to these seven places.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Go for: Nutella and chocolate pretzel
Hopdoddy's Nutella and chocolate pretzel is more than the traditional milkshake. It's a masterful balance of salty and sweet, each sip offering bits of chocolate chips and salted pretzels. Extra points go to the restaurant for its large straws that prevent those chunky pieces from getting stuck at the bottom.
Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Go for: Fresh banana
Chip's is a neighborhood favorite for its traditional burger joint atmosphere. The hand-made fresh banana shake is made with smashed bananas and Henry's Homemade ice cream. Each sip tastes like an old-fashioned banana split and includes some pieces of bananas. That counts as nutrition right?
Wild About Harry's
Go for: Captain America
Something unique about Wild About Harry's is that the hot dog restaurant serves up frozen custard instead of traditional ice cream. The Captain America is made with vanilla and chocolate custard, Hershey's syrup, vanilla syrup and sprinkles. The shake is dense and creamy, thanks to the custard base, and has a strong chocolate sauce flavor. The thick straws returned at Harry's, allowing me to get some crunchy, sprinkle-filled sips.
Highland Park Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain
Go for: Chocolate
If you want to be transported through time, look no further than the Highland Park Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain. Sit at the counter and watch them make the chocolate shake right in front of you. The classic chocolate shake is made with chocolate ice cream and milk, poured and mixed behind the counter. Tradition wins at Highland Park Soda Fountain.
Go for: Thin Mint
Rodeo Goat offers a back patio that is ideal for relaxing while sipping down its Thin Mint shake. (In fact, GuideLive recently named it one of the best patios in Dallas.) The mint flavor is more subdued than in other shakes I tried; it tastes more like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie than a piece of mint gum. Bonus points go to Rodeo Goat for having real, thick whipped cream stocked in its fridge.
Spiral Diner & Bakery
Go for: Cookies n' cream mint
A strictly vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner & Bakery offers a unique take on milkshakes. Its vegan ice cream is made in house and is combined with vegan sugar, almond milk or soymilk and other ingredients to make milkshakes. These shakes are not as rich as others on this list, but they are still sweet and satisfying.
Twisted Root Burger Co.
Go for: Adult cookies & cream
Twisted Root offers traditional and "adult" shakes for its customers. The cookies & cream paired nicely with the Amaretto liqueur. I could tell there was some alcohol in the milkshake, but it was not overwhelming. The thick straw thankfully appeared one last time so I could get some cookie chunks in each spiked sip.
Christina Cox is a senior at Southern Methodist University studying journalism, business administration and English. She is currently a Metro intern at The Dallas Morning News and the editor-in-chief of the SMU Campus Weekly paper. Follow her on Twitter @_ChristinaCox_.
Editor's note: This story originally said Chip's used Blue Bell ice cream. Since the listeria recall it has been using Henry's Homemade Ice Cream. The story has been updated to reflect that change.