The Best Milkshakes in Toronto
The best milkshakes in Toronto are trigger of memory, of salivation, of salvation, and always, eventually, of brain freeze. The simple ingredients of ice cream and a glug of milk are transformed when blended into a thick, creamy, nostalgic concoction.
Makers of modern milkshakes take it up a notch, spiking them with booze, making crazy combinations like bacon, fudge and sea salt, topping them with cookies and marshmallows and piles of whipped cream, or introducing elements like foie gras that just sound plain wrong - but on the tongue, do something rather wild and wonderful. The old diner classics, saddled beside a juicy hamburger for maximum impact, will do just fine as well. (And, yes, the best milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, but must we trot out that one-liner again?)
Here are the best milkshakes in Toronto.
Leave it to Anthony Rose to make the best milkshakes in town, combining the cozy aspects of the diner food, with the upscale professionalism of a well-regarded chef. Caramel, chocolate, wild blueberry and peanut butter selections ($7) are all delicious. More »
The folks at Holy Chuck have the percentage all worked out - 95% ice cream, 5% milk - and a huge list of flavours, including some of the wildest around. Foie gras and truffle oil ($14.99) anyone? Perhaps wasabi, ginger and green onion ($5.99)? Don’t worry - they have eighteen types to chose from, and basic chocolate will run you $4.99. More »
Stack Restaurant in Bedford Park in the local BBQ joint favorite, in no small part to the great list of milkshakes, including those of the spiked variety. Try a S’mores milkshake ($7), topped with a tower of marshmallows that’s a challenge unto itself, even with the big straw. More »
Let King Fu whip you up one of his delicious milkshakes before he grills you up a hamburger. Three flavours - salted caramel sour cream, chocolate peanut butter, and strawberry banana - are uniformly fantastic at $5 each. More »
I’m not playing games when I tell you Snakes and Lattes has some fabulous milkshakes, but you may just be playing games when you drink them. Pick from chocolate or vanilla ice cream ($4.50) and add a flavour of your choice for 50 cents more, including strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, banana, peppermint, espresso and chai. More »
No Bull Burgers swear by Kawartha Ice cream, and that’s what they exclusively use in their shakes ($4.99). Mango and mint chocolate chip are just some of the flavours, but they all come piled high with whipped cream. More »
Yorkville is home to Flo’s Diner, somewhat of an institution in those parts. The '50s/'60s Chubby Checker vibe matches the old-fashioned style milkshake - relatively cheap - and the basic flavours of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are perfect for the greasy plates. More »
Burger Stomper on the Danforth puts its proficiency for milkshakes right into the signage ("Burger and Milkshake Bar"). They use 2% milk and real ice cream and flavours - no artificial syrups. Try cookie dough, Nutella and peanut butter or berry cheesecake for only $4 each. More »
This classic diner is a tribute to the Maple Leafs and to simple comfort food, including the diner milkshake. Not much has changed since they opened in 1972. It’s still cheap, cheerful and delicious, and the flavours are strictly nostalgic - vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, for $4.25. More »
At W Burger Bar they have regular (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, or malted for $4.99) and the more elaborate and liquored spiked milkshakes ($9.99). The chocolate gorilla is made with Kahlua, white crème de cacao, crème de banana and chocolate ice cream, and they credit Chapman’s ice cream as the secret to their milkshake success. More »
There are seven milkshake flavours at Fat Phill’s, all variations on the diner classics - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate, banana, banana strawberry and banana chocolate for only $3.50 each. They’ve been around for over 27 years, so I’m thinking they know a thing or two about making a fine milkshake. More »