thinks they’ve found Washington State’s best milkshake, but I don’t think they really did the research necessary to make that conclusion. Here's a breakdown of the 6 best places to get a Milkshake in the Tacoma area (and a few runners up). 

Milkshakes at PickQuick

5. Pick Quick

In the city of Fife, the go-to for milkshakes [and hamburgers] has to be the vintage Pick Quick. Just off Pacific Highway for easy convenience, I give them an A+ for speed.  This was hands-down the shortest time I had to wait for a milkshake [less than a minute]. If you need a recommendation, look no further than the shake of the day - a special combo picked by the staff.  On the day I happened to stop by for photos they were serving up “Coconut Cream Pie” featuring coconut, marshmallow creme, and graham cracker bits.  I’m a fruit gal myself and decided to settle for Raspberry.  Made with the frozen variety of the berry, the shake was smooth and a perfect flavor mixed throughout.  After snagging my drink off the walk-up counter, I admired all the fresh flowers and plethora of outdoor picnic tables - perfect for a sunny day.  


Main Street Dairy Freeze image for blog

4. Main Street Dairy Freeze

Main Street Dairy Freeze is a place caught in time (a retro malt shop) caught inside a place caught in time (downtown Sumner). The walk-up counter slings not just the burgers, dogs, fish 'n' chips, and all the American fare you can shake a stick at, but also 50+ flavors of milkshake and malt to wash it all down. Ever had a Shirley Temple-flavored shake? S'mores flavored? Chunky Monkey (don't ask)? This is the spot to indulge.


Milkshakes at Frisco Freeze

3. Frisko Freeze

Anyone who lives in the Stadium District of Tacoma has seen the giant red and white arrow for this classic burger joint.  At Frisko Freeze, the crowds can be seen standing under the neon sign, until late into the night.  The fast-food restaurant opened in 1950 and has been a favorite ever since. It’s also on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. My chocolate shake was great [malt options available] and was perfect for some french fry dipping. 


Milkshakes at Shake, Shake, Shake

2. Shake, Shake, Shake

Also in the Stadium District is Shake, Shake, Shake – a place so nice, they named it thrice.   The restaurant is by no means historic, but the bright orange and teal transport you to a cartoon version of the 1960’s. Even the way they serve up the drinks exudes nostalgia.
Order your milkshake at the counter and it’s delivered in a tall soda glass with the extra metal malt cup for self-serve refills.  Here they strive to break away from the normal flavors, the Nutella shake I ordered is a great re-imagination of the chocolate hazelnut spread. Try a Red Licorice, Banana Brûlée, or the famous Tiger Shake, which is named after Stadium High School’s mascot. It’s a vanilla shake with salted caramel and Almond Rocca, which is made right here is Tacoma. 


Milkshakes at Boathouse 19

1. Boathouse 19

Overlooking the famous Tacoma Narrows Bridge lies Boathouse 19 - the only restaurant on this list that offers more than your traditional burger and fries. Their varied menu of American cuisine offers more refined choices such as Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Southwestern Prawn Salad, or a Louisiana Style Jambalaya.  Their Old Fashioned shakes come out in an oh-so-chic mason jar. Try the Blueberry made with Oregon blueberries and brown sugar ice cream or the Salted Carmel - sweet cream ice cream, house-made buttery caramel sauce, and salted pretzels. 

Runners Up [also worth a stop]

The Goofy Goose - Tacoma

Lefty's Burger Shack - Tacoma

Patty's Burgers - Tacoma and Lakewood

The Bair Bistro - Steilacoom