Type the words "loaded milkshake" into Google and you will be astonished by what you get: vintage candies, rotisserie chickens, jarred milkshake monstrosities topped with pink hair, stabbed with a syringe or stacked with a tower of European pastries.
What is this madness? And more importantly, where can I get one in Tucson?
Answer: Stray Dogs, the new burger place in the former home of Zona 78 on the northwest corner of River and Stone (78 W. River Road). The American grill has had them on the menu since June, and they've been getting quite a bit of attention on social media.
That's not surprising though. The three shakes are practically made for Instagram.
- The Munchies: A vanilla milkshake that's been dipped in homemade chocolate frosting and then studded with M&M's, potato chips, pretzels and Ritz crackers. On top, you get two housemade cinnamon sugar donut holes and a Rice Krispies treat.
- Churrochatta (not pictured): horchata milkshake rimmed with salted caramel and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, then topped with whipped cream, caramel and two fresh churros. Tucson style ...
- Donut: Butterfinger milkshake with a chocolate rim and Kix cereal. Topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, Butterfinger crumbles and a whole glazed donut.
Marketing Manager Lauren Valenzuela says lots of people just come in for the shakes, especially later on Friday and Saturday nights. At $9.50 apiece, you might want to split one, but we won't judge.
Did I mention they run a different special every couple weeks? Right now they're doing an Apple Pie milkshake, made with organic apples picked by Stray Dogs owner Rick Fink. Next week: pumpkin spice.
Here are some of their previous specials. You're welcome, owners of LA Fitness ...
Deep fried Oreos
Piña colada pineapple upside down cake
Death by chocolate with homemade ding dong
New Loaded Shake-Death by Chocolate 👍 a milk chocolate shake, the rim rolled in chocolate and cocoa puffs, topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, shaved Belgian white chocolate, chocolate chips and a decadent homemade dingdong. Oh. My. Gosh. Yes! #straydogstucson #loadedshake #crazyshake #chocolate #chocolatelover #deathbychocolate #milkshake #tucson