How can you have a search for the best milkshake in Halifax without going to the location that has been voted as “Best Milkshake” by the readers of The Coast every single year since 2008? I have to be honest…I hadn’t heard of Darrell’s Restaurant until the past couple of years when I realized that they were not only voted Best Milkshake, but also the Best Place to Eat Alone, Best Veggie Burger and Best Burger in Halifax 10 years running! That, my friends, is a pretty impressive resume.
So I made my way downtown to Fenwick Street and swung to the front door. Darrell’s isn’t a huge restaurant, but it’s different and unique. I enjoyed the large chalkboard wall/menu/advertising space. I found myself reading it while waiting for my shakes to arrive and looking forward to my next trip when I would inevitably try some of the menu items.Shakes? As in plural?? Yes, I had to get TWO different milkshakes on this day. With all of the hype and hoopla on Twitter about Darrell’s milkshakes, I simply couldn’t risk having one shake possibly let me down. I had to make sure I gave them a fair shake.
Heh…see what I did there?
I was given not only large glasses filled with creamy, frothy shake…but I was given whatever was left over from the metal cups that the shakes were made in. By far, this was the most amount of milkshake I have received since beginning this search.
Alright…without further ado here is how the milkshake ranking is broken down for Darrell’s Restaurant:
Some people like thin shakes. I, for one, prefer a thicker shake. While not the thickest shake I’ve ever had (it was a really hot day), I was impressed with the ice cream to milk ratio. The straw didn’t stand on the very top of the shake, but it certainly took awhile for it to slide down.
Final score: 7/10
As I mentioned, I wanted to get two milkshakes just in case I didn’t get the “full flavour” from just one. I got a classic vanilla shake and then a chocolate peanut butter shake (highly recommended on Twitter). The vanilla shake was good. Was it great? No…but it was tasty and I enjoyed it. I was then a little bit taken aback when drinking my chocolate peanut butter shake. Why was it crunchy? Wait…was this made with crunchy peanut butter??
I asked my server if the shake was made with crunchy peanut butter and he said “Yes” with a big smile on his face. My only concern was that I wasn’t told that when I ordered it. I mean, I like to drink my shakes…not chew them. It wasn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it’s something the customer should know before drinking it. The flavour was definitely there…I just didn’t love the crunchy bits. While it might be up some people’s alleys, it just wasn’t my particular thing.
Final score: 7/10
The price of an award-winning milkshake is expected to be higher than most of the competition. In this case, I don’t find anything wrong with paying $5.19 for that calibre of shake. It wasn’t the best deal in the city, obviously, but it wasn’t over-priced considering I received quite a bit of shake.
Final score: 7/10
My fourth attempt at finding Halifax’s best milkshake ended up with a score of 21/30, which actually places it one point below the milkshakes found at John’s Lunch in Dartmouth. At the end of the day, I absolutely enjoyed my shakes…as you can tell from the photo on the right. Is it the best shake in Halifax? I guess it’s really a personal preference…but it’s not in terms of my ranking.
1. John’s Lunch, Dartmouth – 22/30
2. Darrell’s Restaurant, Halifax – 21/30
3. The Westcliff, Halifax – 19/30
4. Cow’s, Halifax – 18/30
If you’d like to find out more on Darrell’s Restaurant, you can find them at the following:
Darrell’s Restaurant website
Darrell’s on Facebook
Darrell’s on Twitter
Darrell’s on Instagram