Flipping Out Over Atlanta's Milkshakes
The kids may be back at school however the dog days of summer in Atlanta are far from over. Grabbing a cold milkshake from the many purveyors around town is a great way to beat the heat.
Fans of Top Chef champion Richard Blais have kept the cooks busy at Flip Burger Boutiquewith locations on the Westside and Buckhead. Favorites on the menu include the popular Butcher’s Cut – a beef burger topped with bleu cheese, caramelized onions, soy truffle vinaigrette, frisee & red wine jam. Flip also highlights Georgia producers in its Farmer Burger which features grassfed beef from White Oak Pastures and Thomasville Tomme cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy.
The real treat comes at the end of the meal with an evolving menu of milkshakes with a twist. Flip ups the ante on the typical milkshake with creative ingredients and overflowing liquid nitrogen. Milkshakes range from a shake made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a decadent nutella shake topped with burnt marshmallows, and Blais’ signature milkshake with foie gras.
The ice cream flavors at east side favorite Morelli’s change daily but on any given day you’ll be able to find vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and their standout hit, salted caramel. Named one of the top ten ice cream shops in the country by Bon Appetit, they’ve expanded from their original location in Ormewood Park, to a second location near Little Five Points and a joint location with Farm Burger in Dunwoody.
Morelli’s encourages samples, and given that their flavors can range from ginger lavender, chocolate chili, key lime cheesecake and honey almond plum, it’s a good bet that a new favorite can be discovered and whipped into a delicious milkshake.
Starting as a small project providing high quality ice cream for local chefs has blossomed into a full blown enterprise High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet, selling pints from coast to coast. At their location at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market downtown, milkshake lovers can choose from flavors including their popular Bourbon Burnt Sugar and Brown Butter Praline.
Their flavors are constantly changing and often include choices not available in pints. If you prefer to create your milk shake creations at home, check out their factory location in Chamblee on Saturdays for a tour and take home limited edition pints only available at the source.
If you’re downtown checking out the new ferris wheel Skyview or catching a show at the Tabernacle, you’re only a block away from hidden gem Park Bar. They offer a menu with great bar food and a nice craft beer list featuring locals like Jailhouse Brewery and a personal favorite, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
When it comes to frosty beverages, their boozy milkshakes are where it’s at. Choices from their candy themed menu include the Werther’s Original crafted with Crown Royal and butterscotch schnapps, the rum-infused Bananas Foster and the Reese’s with peanut butter vodka and Godiva liqueur. A visit to Park Bar wouldn’t be complete without a spin on the Wheel O’Fun, with a chance to win drinks for the whole bar.
Broderick is an award-winning writer and photographer who loves delving into the food scene in Atlanta. He can be found at restaurants and food events around town, often with a camera in one hand and a tasty bite in the other. His popular blog Savory Exposure began in 2009 capturing images from a private tasting event and now documents the food and drink scene in Atlanta and beyond. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he’s lived in the city for over 10 years and embraced the South and its food