Shake Shack and Momofuku Milk Bar. To the head-to-head.
Milk Bar, the main reason being that they don't run on a schedule so it's easier to just stop by. I got a cup of the horchata soft serve ice cream, and for giggles, the cinnamon sugar tortilla topping. It was delicious, something that would be the perfect ending to a Mexican meal. This version did taste a bit too one-note favoring the rice side. I felt it could use a bit more cinnamon, but the topping made up for this. My real problem, and this is my BIG problem with Milk Bar, is that the cups don't allow for drippage. It's soft serve, it's going to melt fast; within moments, it was melting all over my hand. Major con.
the Shack to taste their Cinnamon Almond Horchata. No, this isn't a true head-to-head since one's an ice cream and the other's a custard, but they are both dessert. Shack's was a little more rounded, the rice, cinnamon and almond flavors were more pronounced. Of course, this one was more eggy, it is custard. I did wish for some more of the cinnamon sugar tortilla topping though.
Over all, I'd eat both. When pressed, my true winner would be the custard with the topping, but that just wishful thinking. Remember that the custard is on Wednesdays in September only; there's no saying if it'll ever come back after the 30th!
For a good article on the regional horchata variations that appeared in the June 18, 2008 edition of The Washington Post, click here.
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