Fatapples Restaurant 7525 Fairmont Ave., El Cerrito, 510-528-3433 1346 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-526-2260
Fatapples makes the most honest milkshakes in the East Bay. Every shake starts out with vanilla ice cream; waiters then add chocolate sauce, berries, or coffee to create the flavored shakes. The result is a shake that sings with true flavor. $3.75 gets you a large heavy metal shaker full of creamy yet subtly icy heaven. You have to take your first bites directly from the canister with the long-handled spoon that accompanies it. Don't worry if you get a little quiet in the moments after you start eating the shake; your eyelids may flutter a bit as the simple, true flavor of chocolate, strawberry, ollalieberry, vanilla, coffee, or mocha dances on your tongue. For a quarter extra, you can turn any shake into a "malted," a nice old-fashioned flavor that people of every generation should enjoy occasionally. Once your shake has softened at the table a few minutes, you'll be able to pour it into a tall glass with two fat red straws, one for you and one for your sweetie. Or you can eat every last bite with the spoon.