A surge in participation toward the tail end of last week's Food Fight led to a victory for the milkshakes at Swensen's Ice Cream, 6444 N. Oracle Road.

The longtime Northwest franchise, owned by Jerry and Kathy Sullivan for 22 years this week, narrowly beat out Shari's First Ave. Drive-in, 2650 N. First Ave., and Little Anthony's Diner on the East Side.

Swensen's was lauded for its ability to produce malts and milkshakes out of just about any ice cream flavor in stock.

"Swensen's has the best chocolate malts I've ever tasted," said Christine Davis, 36, an adult probation officer for the Pima County Superior Court. "Thick, creamy and rich, they are pure heaven. They are served in a glass, but you also get the remaining malt, served in an ice-cold metal mixer. Nothing better."

Enthusiasm ran high with the nearly 100 Food Fighters eager to share their thoughts on the best shake makers in town.

Other suggestions:

• The strawberry milkshake at In-N-Out Burger, 3711 E. Broadway.

• The banana shake at Dairy Queen, 5762 E. 22nd St.

• The peanut butter cup soy shake at Lovin' Spoonfuls, 2990 N. Campbell Ave.

• Any shake from the Santa Barbara Ice Creamery, 1058 N. Campbell Ave.

• The Oreo cookie shake at Jack in the Box, 7910 E. Speedway.

• The vanilla shake at Carl's Jr, 635 W. Wetmore Ave.

• The chocolate and root beer float shakes at A&W, 6890 N. Sandario Road.

• The chocolate milkshake at Casino del Sol's Moby's, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

• The cafe mocha shake at the Chocolate Iguana, 500 N. Fourth Ave.

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Where is it?

C–Central E–East

D–Downtown FH–Foothills

GV–Green Valley NW–Northwest

S–South SW–Southwest


What does it cost?

The estimated price of a dinner for two. Drinks, tax and tip are not included.

¢ – About $10 $ – $10-$20

$$ – $20-$30 $$$ – $30-$40

$$$$ – above $40

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