Miami's Best Milkshakes

December 17, 2012 | by —jess swanson | Food & Drink News

The bar at Burger & Beer Joint

Burger & Beer Joint
Part hedonistic burger house, part chic sports lounge, B&B offers an “Adult Shakes” menu frothing with liquor and decadent ice cream. Top choices include the One Minute Man with Godiva white liqueur, Kahlua, and cookies ’n’ cream ice cream; and the Spank the Monkey with rocky road ice cream, UV Cake vodka, fresh banana, and crème de banana. 1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305-672-3287

The Diner at Allen’s Drugstore
Wander past the full-fledged pharmacy and watch-repair counter to a hidden 1950s diner that has maintained its old-school roots. The servers whip up rich, creamy shakes, offered in all the traditional flavors and fittingly served with whipped cream and a red Maraschino cherry on top. 4000 S. Red Road, Miami, 305-668-6556;

Glaser Organic Farms Hosting the Coconut Grove
Farmer’s Market every Saturday, Glaser Organic Farms provides guilt-free “milk” shakes for the calorie-conscious by using local coconut water and coconut meat as a dairy substitute. The vegan shakes are available in chocolate or vanilla with a choice of cashew, almond, or Brazil nuts mixed in. 3300 Grand Ave., Miami, 305-238-7747

Los Pinareños Frutería
Made of sweetened condensed milk and ice instead of ice cream, the batido is the American milkshake’s Latin cousin. This Cuban open food market on Calle Ocho offers tropical flavors such as mamey, mango, papaya, avocado, banana, and wheat. Guayaberas and free-range chickens deliver a Caribbean ambiance. 1334 Eighth St., Miami, 305-285-1135

Norman Brothers Produce
A produce market with plenty of locally grown ammo for fantastic shakes, Norman’s offers versions made with ice cream or frozen yogurt, plus a fat-free, no-sugar option. Staple menu items include strawberry, banana, and a Key lime pie milkshake twist on the old Florida classic; seasonal choices feature mango, mamey, peach, and pumpkin for those cooler days. 7621 SW 87th Ave., Miami, 305-274-9363;

Robert Is Here
What began as a roadside cucumber stand opened by the 6-year-old Robert in 1960 has grown into a farm market with a riotous array of tropical fruits used in its renowned shakes. Try the passion or dragon fruit milkshakes, while petting the emus and goats out back. Ask the now 59-year-old Robert about the story behind that audaciously printed sign on the roof. 19200 SW 344th St., Homestead, 305-246-1592;

Romanicos Chocolate
Romanicos uses only the richest ingredients, such as chocolate that’s imported directly from Venezuela. While truffles and confections are its most popular menu items, this chocolatier also offers a decadent, creamy chocolate milkshake, made by mixing pure chocolate and cream with chocolate ice cream for a glass full of cocoa perfection. 1801 Coral Way, Miami, 305-854-9936

Wayside Market
A throwback to simpler times, Wayside Market’s weathered wooden sign boasts that it’s “home of the famous strawberry shake since 1948.” This Pinecrest staple hand-spins shakes in flavors such as mango, Key lime, and coconut banana. Clerks even note regulars’ preferences on handwritten index cards in a Rolodex near the cashier. 10070 SW 57th Ave., Miami, 305-661-6717

Whip n’ Dip
Around since 1985, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor is known for its unusual hand-made small-batch ice cream flavors that change daily. Any flavor can be whipped into a shake, with recent highlights including pumpkin pie, Midnight Mint Oreo, Mocha Mudpie, and Fluffernutter with peanut butter. 1407 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, 305-665-2565;

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