Food & Drink

Best Milkshakes In Charlotte

October 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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One great virtue Charlotte has to offer is mom and pop shops that take quality care of their foods and services. When searching for a delicious, creamy milkshake, special consideration has to be taken in making the right choice as to where to go. These diners and creameries give you a vast selection.
Midnight Diner
115 E. Carson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(980) 207-3641

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this diner is reminiscent of the famous American-style diners found in the 1950s. Walking in transcends you to an historical and beloved era with the smiling faces and hospitality to match. Made by hand-scooped ice cream, this diner offers the three basic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry as everyday choices and has a featured flavor every month.
Mattie’s Diner
915 Hamilton St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 376-1020

Another diner in the downtown area of Charlotte, NC, this classic venue is open 24 hours only on the weekends to accommodate the party goers of the NC Music Factory and MMA fighting center that is within 300 feet of the venue. Owned by veteran diner operators originally from New Jersey, Mattie’s offers hand-spun, thick milkshakes that have people returning despite their diet plans. Featuring 18 different flavors every day, you can also spice them with malt or even make them a float using Coke, Dr. Pepper or root beer with an option of adding vanilla or cherry.
Pike’s Soda Shop
1930 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 372-0092

Located in Southend Charlotte, Pike’s Soda Shop is another example of the sought-after nostalgia of stepping into the past that Charlotteans love so much. Charlotte has done an excellent job of creating a hybrid of our historic styles and our urban desires and Pike’s is a major participant. In regards to Pike’s famous milkshakes, the cozy diner offers pints in six different flavors and three specialty flavors along with floats and hand-scooped ice cream.

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Mr. K’s Ice Cream and Soda Shop
2107 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 375-4318

Noted as “Charlotte’s Original Mom and Pop Shop,” this diner is located in the Historic South End district conveniently on South Boulevard and, according to its website, has been open for business serving Charlotteans since August 13, 1967. Owned by Greek immigrants, this diner offers a variety of flavors, all of which can be transformed into milkshakes made by hand with the option of additional candies and nuts added in.

Tony’s Ice Cream
604 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 853-0018

Settled in Charlotte’s suburb, Gastonia, NC, about 20 minutes from Center City, lies Tony’s Ice Cream, a mom and pop store that has been in business for 98 years. Owned by a local family, Tony’s offers 28 different ice cream flavors, all of which can be converted into an infamously thick milkshake, a specialty offered by the small town diner. Tony’s Ice Cream can also be found in stores statewide.

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