Best of Boston

BEST Frappe

2013 BEST Frappe



With no flavors to mask errors in proportion and consistency, vanilla frappes are the most difficult to get right. Lizzy’s simple blend rises to the challenge: It’s superthick and smooth, with a pure vanilla flavor that’s at once wholesome, decadent,… read more»

2012 BEST Frappe



We love following this local chainlet’s build-it-your-way burger with the velvety frappe, offered in a handful of classic varieties like black-and-white, creamsicle, and malt. read more»

2011 BEST Frappe



The rest of the country can have their thin (ice cream-free) milkshake; we Yankees will happily take the frapp—preferably from Toscanini’s, where the ice cream is supernatural and the milk doesn’t overpower its flavor. And the texture? This drink is… read more»

2007 BEST Frappe



Although the menu uses the heathen term “milk shake,” Herrell’s is a master of the frappe (double-thick, or topped with an extra scoop) in gourmet flavors such as Dutch orange chocolate and lemon mousse. read more»

2006 BEST Frappe



A frappe is no better than the ice cream it is made of. Christina’s ice cream is the best in town. Ergo, their Mexican chocolate frappe is straw-clogging perfection. read more»

2002 BEST Frappe

Herrell’s Renaissance Café


The talented staffers at Herrell’s are more than just ice cream scoopers: They’re modern-day alchemists. That’s because, among local ice cream shops, Herrell’s is the benchmark for that wonderfully caloric New England obsession, the frappe. Start by choosing from the… read more»

2001 BEST Frappe

Herrell’s Renaissance Café


So many flavors, so little Dexatrim. First there are the standards: chocolate, malted vanilla, strawberry. Then come the more esoteric mixes, such as amaretto, carob, and Dutch orange chocolate. They’re each the base for Boston’s zenith of all things sweet,… read more»

1999 BEST Frappe

Herrell’s Ice Cream


A frappe is supposed to be an indulgence, cold and creamy and loaded with goop that probably clogs the arteries. And that means lots of really good ice cream, like the stuff at Herrell’s. Go for the extra-thick, crammed with… read more»

1998 BEST Frappe

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant


This family-owned ice cream parlor is a flashback to the ’50s, but what better era to find a real New England ice cream frappe? Here they’ve perfected the art, with three straw-bending scoops of ice cream blended in a tall… read more»

1997 BEST Frappe

Mr. Barley’s Burger and Salad Cottage


It might not be the first thing you’ll smell walking down street, but a frappe from Bartley’s may be an even better reason to stop in than the tantalizing aroma of frying beef. Between batches of Elvis burgers and sweet-potato… read more»