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Bites Nearby: Must-Have Milkshakes

Patch rounds up a list of places to get creamy shakes in the area.

If veins aren’t popping out of my forehead when I try to drink out of a straw, my milkshake isn’t thick enough.

It takes a certain level of commitment to finish the perfect milkshake, and I’m not afraid to pop a blood vessel if it means enjoying the sweet sugary goodness of a chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake.

For those who like more exotic flavors, Huffington Post reported that some Jack in the Box restaurants recently introduced a bacon milkshake reportedly made with bacon-flavored syrup. (Too bad there aren't any restaurants in Maryland where you can try it.)

Here are Patch editor-recommended milkshake destinations in the area. Leave a comment below to tell us your favorite place.

Bowie— offers traditional shake flavors made with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream but they also have one that features cheesecake ice cream mixed with cherry pie filling! Try one of the signature blends or get creative with the mix-ins to create your own concoction.

has great shakes, too, and there are (including two in Bowie). Here's what the Pasadena editor had to say: They have delicious milkshakes that are hand-spun the old fashioned way. My personal favorite is the strawberry milkshake but they also have chocolate, vanilla, and cookies and cream. Topped with whipped cream and a cherry, a Chick-fil-A milkshake is the perfect treat.

Crofton—Head to Bruster's, located at 1125 Route 3 North in Gambrills, where you can get a thick shake made from your favorite ice cream or hit the  where the extensive menu includes milkshakes along with egg creams (that don't have eggs or cream in them).

Annapolis—Normally I find it difficult to sit down and pinpoint something as my favorite. That is, until I was asked about milkshakes. This is an easy one— on Main Street in downtown Annapolis. This is the best milkshake around and my wife will attest to the fact that I routinely declare it the "best" I've ever had.

Glen Burnie—With a few locally-owned ice cream shops to choose from in Glen Burnie,  has stood the test of time—including having customer support stop them from being bought out by  mall. Stop by the lunch counter that's known just as well for its shakes as its footlongs. Choose from flavors including vanilla, chocolate, orange and banana. They don't take credit cards, but they recently added an ATM in case you forget some cash.

When you "gotta" have a milkshake, where do you go? Tell us in the comments.

Sharp Shooter February 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
..and don't forget this frightening fact: "The Cold Stone PB&C milkshake, made with peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and milk, contains 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar "In terms of saturated fat, drinking this Cold Stone catastrophe is like slurping up 68 strips of bacon,"
Kelly Fast February 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
How can a BowiePatch article on nearby milkshakes not include Bowie's own Simple Pleasures Ice Café in Old Bowie? Great milkshakes from homemade ice cream, family-owned, and they always have fabulous seasonal ice cream flavors.
Bowie20715 February 04, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Because the people writing this stuff aren't from Bowie. Bowie Patch also recommends Uno's and Domino's for pizza. ;) It's really gone downhill since Josh Flynn left. Simple Pleasures is far and away the best! Love that place!
Susan Jenkins (Editor) February 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Sharp Shooter, that is a frightening fact! We'll pick something healthy next time. Kelly, the idea behind this feature is to get readers to comment with their favorites so thank you for sharing yours. Bowie20715, please contact me at bowie@patch.com to let us know what we can do better.
pnads February 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM
no doubt your right & I'd be happy to get a shot of wheatgrass if I didn't have to drive all the way to annapolis... however Simple Pleasures is my place to go on a hot day.
Joe Neighbor February 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Susan, I think I know where Bowie20715 is coming from. The expectations for Bowie Patch that were established when Bowie Patch went live was that it would be (1) hyper-local, (2) a faster and better alternative to what was already available and (3) readers would learn some things about their community that they probably don't know already and (4) articles would be written about people that lived in Bowie and really knew the community, and (5) there were some others. Susan, you could be the best journalist in the world, but you could never live up to those expectations because, from what I can tell, you aren't part of the Bowie community. If the site is to be truly hyper-local, it's not enough to be part of the Annapolis community. We see this every week in our local print papers, the Bowie Blade-News and the Bowie Star. In my opinion, the Bowie Star has the exceptional writers and reporters, but the Bowie-Blade has people that are more familiar with the community and know more people in the community. And most people know that this post was written with the intent to be posted on several Patch sites, and if I were you, I would have done the same thing given your resources and responsibilities. But it's hard to relate to for people that buy milkshakes in Bowie.
Tea L February 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Simple Pleasures is the greatest place. This writer did not really investigate. The article says milk shake "in the area" - for BOWIE PATCH that area is supposed to be.......BOWIE. That should always be the focus, with surrounding areas an afterthought.
Susan Jenkins (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thank you all for your comments! These Bites Nearby features encourage readers to express their opinions and share their favorites, just as the Patch editors did. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive list and does include other areas. If you're interested in being a food blogger for Bowie Patch to write about restaurants in the area, send an email to bowie@patch.com or apply here: http://bowie.patch.com/blog/apply
pgcoresident February 09, 2012 at 03:41 PM
joe hit the nail right on the head.. there have been several times where I've read about news happening in bowie.. in the DC papers before it ever appeared in the patch--if it ever did. Patch used to be where I would go for all that.. and what happened to the RSS feed and the twitter feed? no tweets since jan 20? the last article on the rss feed is from jan 16. When Bowie20715 says it's gone downhill, I know what he means. I even emailed josh a couple weeks after he left letting him know he was missed--and appreciated. I think what he was doing--posting anything and everything bowie was what we were really looking for. He would post stuff so hyper-local that even some bowie-ites wouldn't know what they were about.
pgcoresident February 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
case-in-point: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/02/one-hurt-in-bowie-tractor-trailer-crash-72424.html
Felipe Lulli February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
While I agree with bowie20715 and pgcoresident to some degree, we also need to do much more to generate local content ourselves, e.g., by posting brief notes about what's going right in Bowie (our neighborhoods, schools and community police) ... sharing constructive ideas for improving our community ... announcing our church, charity or club events, etc.

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