Date Shake Throw Down: Joe's Farm Grill vs. Black Sphinx Ranch
Shelby Moore The date shake at Sphinx Date Ranch
Dates grow abundantly in the Valley, but for most of us, date shakes are synonymous with road trips to San Diego. We stop at Date Land along Interstate 8 to gas up, use a clean gas station bathroom and consume sweet and chewy dates in the only way some of us know how -- through a straw.
Unfortunately Date Land is beyond our daily reach. But there are two places in town that spin up their own versions even better than the original.
In This Corner: Joe's Farm Grill
Shelby Moore The seasonal date shake at Joe's Farm Grill that utilizes Agritopia Farm's medjool dates.
Joe's Farms Grill reminds us to live off the land, sourcing many of its ingredients from the Agritopia farms next door. Stacked on the same tray as your farm burger, you can bet that the fresh strawberry, real vanilla bean, and Agritopia medjool date shakes get the same treatment.
The Good: The base of the shake is soft serve, so it goes down smooth without ever separating. It's never too sweet, and tastes like vanilla for a couple sips until you encounter some of the sweeter flakes of date sprinkled throughout, which only get stronger as you go but never clog the straw.
The Bad: Though a date shake can get too sweet too fast, this one could use a bit more date. Someone unfamiliar with the date flavor could think, at least until they get to the chunks at the bottom, that they were served merely a unique vanilla bean shake.