Each year, the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream. The Utah ice cream scene is competitive, Utah’s dairy industry alone employs over 9,000 workers. Whether or not you’re new to Utah, you most likely have heard of larger joints with yummy shakes, i.e. JCW’s The Burger Boys, Iceberg Drive Inn, and In-N-Out Burger milkshakes. Today we will focus on local pride! Here are 8 must try local shakes spots to stay cool this August.
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8. Hometown Drive Inn at Bear Lake
Most popular flavor: famous raspberry shake
Most unique flavor: butterscotch, twix, pineapple, or cherry
Popular for its tart thick raspberry shakes, Hometown Drive Inn will leave you nice and refreshed. Hometown Drive Inn is open every day of the week. They have a small wait time for customers, however these wait times are shorter than the local competition. This local stop offers both indoor and outdoor seating. On your next trip to Bear Lake, Wyoming, or Idaho be sure to make a pit stop here.
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7. Purple Turtle in Pleasant Grove
Most popular flavor: oreo or cookie dough
Most unique flavor: jumbo berry: includes a mixture of raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry
A Utah County favorite, Purple Turtle has served as an iconic landmark, in the business for 50 years. Purple Turtle prides themselves on provided quality fast food, made to order and not cooked ahead of time—quality is of utmost importance. Although the picture above features their duo sherbet, Purple Turtle offers a variety of flavors, such as bubble gum, licorice, whopper, and eggnog. View their full list of flavors here.
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6. Stan’s Burger Shak near Capitol Reef National Park
Most popular flavor: cookie dough or oreo
Most unique flavor: mud pie: includes hot fudge, vanilla wafers, and marshmallow
This burger ‘shak’ known for its delicious shakes opened its doors in 1984. People frequently started stopping in the small town of Hanksville, with just 215 residents, on their journey to Lake Powell. This family owned business has been passed down through two generations. Stan’s Burger Shak offers a variety of flavors including mango, cherry nut, mocha, and apple crisp. View their full list of flavors here.
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5. LaBeaus Drive Inn at Bear Lake
Most popular flavor: Famous Bear Lake Raspberry Shake
Most unique flavor: Raspberry Lime or Cherry Chocolate Chip
Unlike their competitors in Garden City, LaBeaus famous shakes are drinkable through a straw and don’t require a spoon! This place is typically packed and the lines can get a little long. Although raspberry shakes are a popular go-to item in this town outside of Bear Lake, frequent visitors enjoy a twist—the raspberry lime shake.
LaBeaus Drive Inn offers a variety of flavors including jumbleberry, orange, butterscotch, German chocolate and mocha fudge. View their full list of flavors here. Note: this little gem is only open during summer months and offers little benched seating, resorting to standing or sitting on the ground.
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4. Dairy Keen in Heber
Most popular flavors: oreo, strawberry, raspberry, cookie dough
Unique flavor: cold car shake (chocolate brownie and chocolate chips) or key lime pie shake
Dairy Keen is nestled in the Heber Valley between Park City and Provo Canyon. Dairy Keen has received over 28 gold medals for Best of State. They are also a 4th generation family restaurant, run by the Mawhinney Family since 1946. The family bought a Dairy Queen, unable to sell the property, they decided to open a fast food restaurant. Being short on money and unable to afford a sign they altered the sign by removing the QU and replacing it with a K to what is now, Dairy Keen.
A fun unique aspect about Dairy Keen is that they are ‘Home of the Train.’ The outside and interior of the restaurant celebrate the history of the Heber Creeper and the Denver Rio Grande Railway. The interior is a replica of Heber Valley, with a train running continually along the track. Dairy Keen has eight train engines, which they trade and service every two weeks. Dairy Keen offers a of 150+ shake flavor combinations including coconut, orange dreamsicle, gummy bear, cherry cordial, Nutella, and pecan pie. View their full list of flavors here.
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3. Zipz at Bear Lake
Most popular flavor: Raspberry
Most unique flavor: Dole Whip (Pineapple)
Unlike the contenders on this list, Zipz has not existed for years or passed down amongst generations within a family. Zipz opened its door in Garden City in 2014, offering a fun modern atmosphere. They offer a customer drive through and lots of seating. Customers can enjoy their shakes in boats, which have been converted into large group tables. Besides shakes, Zipz is known for its sauce bar featuring sauces such as: sweet chili, wasabi ranch, moose, and Zipz sauce.
Zipz offers a fruit, cereal, pie, and classic flavor combinations including Captain Crunch Berries, Fruit Loops, Pop Tarts, Pretzel, KitKat, and Nutella Brownie. View their full list of flavors here.
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2. Burger Bar in Roy
Most popular flavor: cookie dough
Most unique flavor: banana cream
This eclectic Burger Bar in Roy Utah has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Since 1956, this third-generation family operated business has a reputation for their thick milkshakes and signature, “Big Ben,” burger named after their founder.
Aside from milkshakes, a great reason to try this place is for their exotic meat of the month. Exotic meats include, camel, red deer, alligator, swordfish, goat, wild boar, shark, quail, barramundi, rabbit, ostrich, kangaroo and more. Burger Bar offers a variety of flavors such as lime, grape, and cake batter.
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1. Milt’s Stop n Eat in Moab
Most popular flavor: chocolate oreo
Most unique flavor: lemon marshmallow
Milt’s Stop n Eat remains busy with wait times averaging between 30-60 minutes. Referred to as a tourist trap and iconic location, many customers stop to try Moab’s oldest restaurants renowned food. Food here is not considered, ‘fast food,’ food is prepared to order.
The shakes are made with fresh milk from McClish’s Family Dairy, located in Moab’s Spanish Valley. Milt’s offers enough parking, seating, and shade to accompany their mass amounts of customers. Milt’s offers a variety of shake flavors including Honey, coffee, and marshmallow. View their full list of flavors here.