National Chocolate Milkshake Day is September 12, so here is a look at where to celebrate. Any way you shake it, a chocolate milkshake is always in order so grab a straw, put your diet plans on hold and head to:
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in South Pasadena tends to make most lists of must-have milkshakes in L.A. and it’s easy to see why. In celebration of the day, skip the fancy sundaes and enjoy a classic chocolate milkshake in the classic soda fountain setting and think back to a time when the answer to “do you want whipped cream” was always yes.
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain 1526 Mission St South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 799-1414 www.fairoakspharmacy.net
Another favorite spot for milkshakes is in Pasadena at Connal’s. Not quite as old and nowhere near as charming as the Fair Oaks Pharmacy, Connal’s charm is found in its old-school signage and no frills presentation. Walk up to the window and order what may be the best-priced chocolate milkshake in town.
Connal’s 1505 E Washington Blvd Pasadena, CA 91104 (626) 794-5018 http://www.connals.com
For vegans looking to celebrate, KindKreme in the Sage Café can whip you up a chocolate milkshake using their bespoke vegan ice cream, your choice of milk alternative and chocolate.
Sage Café & KindKreme 319 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, CA 91105 (877) 985-5463 http://www.sageveganbistro.com/menus/kindkreme-menu
Slater’s 50/50 may be known for it’s over the top burgers and crazy shake combinations, but throw the staff for a loop and go for something basically delicious: a chocolate milkshake.
61 N Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 765-9700 https://slaters5050.com
The Counter prides itself on its customizable options and creative burger options, which vary slightly from time of year and location to location. Hit up the modern burger joint for an adult twist on the traditional chocolate shake, complete with cherries and pinot noir wine. Or make your own super chocolate-y chocolate shake with not only chocolate syrup, but chocolate chips as well. Your inner child will thank you.
The Counter 140 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 440-1008 http://www.thecounterburger.com
If you need fewer distractions from your quest for a pure chocolate shake, head to one of the traditional diners around town, like Lucky Boy Burgers or Pie n Burger, for a chocolate shake that won’t disappoint.