Milk shake results in rule breaking lunch
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Every time I pass by the Dunkin' Donut/Baskin Robbins on NW 13th St. across from the Kentucky Fried Chicken I think to myself, "The Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge Milk Shake is the best milk shake in the universe."
It might be BR's Jamoca ice cream with the pronounced coffee flavor. Maybe it's the chocolate syrup swirled ribbon like from the top of the milk shake cup, to the bottom. It could be the wonderfully crunchy surprise of the big pieces of almonds bouncing around in your mouth seeking your attention. What ever combination of those intriguing descriptions above work for you, they forced the GLOB Master to break one of the two Gainesville Lunch Out Blog rules.
GLOB rule number one is we will not speak about any restaurants with three or more locations in the GLOB. Dunkin' Donut has four donut shops open in Gainesville. The caveat in this circumstance is only one of those stores has a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop.
Walking into Dunkin' Donut/Baskin Robbins it was no surprise that this bifurcated donut shop ice cream stand, breakfast lunch stop, sweet savory café was counting on the customer having a serious sweet tooth.
Donuts to the West, ice cream cakes to the South, and looking North a wall full of milk shakes, sundaes, and ice cream cones screaming out for your attention. On the wall behind the donut counter posters describe an assortment of breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
Awash in building anticipation of the perfect sugar high, and at the suggestion of DDBR server Chelsea I quickly selected a breakfast sandwich titled 'The Big & Toasty,' - photo at the top of this feature. The B&T was a good sandwich with a good amount of eggs, bacon, cheese, and Texas toast.
Thanks to Chelsea, image above, I would order the Big & Toasty again. But I have to be honest here. I was at the DDBR for the manly sized, GLOB Master favorite, Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge Milk Shake.
When I came to Gainesville a zillion years ago one of my first UF experiences was crossing University Ave. to wait in line at the Baskin Robbins for this exact milk shake. When that Baskin Robbins closed several years ago I sunk in to a deep state of mourning thinking I had lost a very special, sweet, and sugary friend.
I experienced a religious like awakening when GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk recently mentioned, "a donut shop was also serving Baskin Robbins ice cream!"
Trying to stay contemporary the ice cream counter had apothecary jars of jelly beans, m&ms, nuts, candy corn and all the other confectionary tid-bits to spice up your frozen dessert.
"But my milkshake don't need no stinkin' jelly beans, or peanuts to make it better."
Did I tell you how the chocolate syrup sits in my mouth, enveloping the coffee flavored ice cream, producing an ice cream sundae like taste surprise . . .
The Pluses and Minuses of Dunkin' Donut/Baskin Robbins
+ Dunkin' Donut/Baskin Robbins indicators : Best milk shake this side of the planet Jupiter.
- Dunkin' Donut/Baskin Robbins indicators: An unremarkable lunch stop, but extraordinary ice cream stand!
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