Food Faceoff: What's the best milkshake in Annapolis?

Meredith Newman
What's the best milkshake in Annapolis?

I want my last meal on Earth to include a milkshake.

I love the sweetness. I love the creaminess. I love the wide range of flavors.

And when paired with a cheeseburger and fries? Pure happiness.

With the warm weather and start of spring, I thought there would be no better time to find my favorite milkshake in Annapolis.

Grump's Café had a wide variety of flavors, ranging from bacon and maple to raspberry and chocolate. I asked to try the restaurant's most popular milkshake, "The Hippy Dippy." This shake was made with vanilla ice cream, granola, blueberries, bananas and strawberries.

I've never had or heard of a milkshake that featured fruit, so I was a little skeptical at first. But I was pleasantly surprised; the milkshake was rather tasty. I kept thinking I was drinking a smoothie instead of a shake. It was very light and airy, and I could taste the bits of fruit in every sip. I didn't feel too guilty devouring the milkshake in less than five minutes.

Chick and Ruth's Delly is famous for its milkshakes, especially since they were featured on the TV show "Man vs. Food." Unlike Grump's Cafe, Chick and Ruth's offered traditional flavors, such as vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

Keeping with the traditional theme, the waiter handed me the chocolate milkshake — the most popular one — in an old school glass with extras in a cold, metal cup. This milkshake was simple, only made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Like the previous milkshake, I also consumed this one rather quickly. Its texture was very smooth and had the right amount of chocolate syrup. To me, it was the epitome of a classic chocolate milkshake.

Annapolis Ice Cream Company makes fresh, gourmet ice cream every day. And boy, could I tell. Its most popular milkshake flavor is strawberry, and it was the most decedent milkshake I've ever tasted.

The milkshake is made with strawberry ice cream and actual strawberries. It comes in a big portion with whipped cream and a cherry on top. This was the thickest milkshake of the three and had a delicious flavor. To me, it tasted closer to a strawberry cheesecake.

Overall, I enjoyed all of the milkshakes I tried. All three places had their own different style and flare, which I appreciated.

My personal favorite was Chick and Ruth's chocolate milkshake. I'm a sucker for a traditional chocolate shake. I can't wait to go back and try it with a cheeseburger and fries.

Check, please!

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