one crazy kitchen
Handshakes brings a funky twist to the classic milkshake yard
I am a huge fan of breakfast. Not only is it a great way to start your day, but also it's fun to enjoy at any ol’ time. I personally like digging into a breakfast taco or a flapjack shortstack for dinner. Although, this may be less about the greatness of breakfast cuisine and more about the fact that I’m 25, single and can still get away with that kind of thing...
One thing I hadn’t tried, however, is breakfast for dessert. That is until I hit up East Austin’s newest addition to the trailer craze, Handshakes.
Friendly greetings aside, Handshakes serves up delicious handmade milkshakes from the window of a 1974 Chevy Argosy (think the love child of a Winnebago and an Airstream). Handshakes was started by DJ-turned-milkshake-maven, Brett Eigler. Though Handshakes opened up in early October, the first shake was made nearly four years ago when Eigler was working at Austin Diner.
“I’d been working there for a while and my friend Matt would always come in because he loved their pancakes. He thought it would be cool to make a pancake shake,” says Eigler. “So, one day when it was slow and I was bored, I made one, and it was awesome.”
What exactly goes into a pancake shake, or the Panshake, as it’s known on the menu? It’s pretty straightforward. Take a pancake made from local favorite Kerbey Lane’s pancake mix, add vanilla ice cream, a pat of butter and a drizzle of syrup. Blend and serve. Your arteries may clog, but your stomach will churn with delight.
Other menu items include classics such as Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry (which has real strawberries mixed in), as well as the oatmeal-cinnamon Good Morning and the Texas Popper.” Not for the faint of heart, the Texas Popper is a jalapeño shake, make with fresh jalapeños and vanilla ice cream. This shake has many skeptics, but Eigler says don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. So, I did. And guess what? It was down right delicious.
Aside from these mainstays, Eigler will regularly add seasonal shakes and some hot foods to keep you warm in cold weather. Gearing up for Thanksgiving, Handshakes now has the Pumpkin Pie shake, made with real pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. In November, they will release a Cranberry shake and a Corn shake, made with—you guessed it—corn. It sounds kind of crazy, but if anyone can make a milkshake with corn, it’s Eigler.
Handshakes is currently in their soft opening phase while they work out all the kinks. The Handshakes Grand Opening will take place November 12th at 4 p.m. at the Handshakes trailer, which is located behind Cheer Up Charlies, right across from the banh mi experts at Me So Hungry.
Can’t wait till then? Check out their Facebook page for hours, or hit them up at Fun Fun Fun Fest on November 4th-6th. They will have a selection of shakes, including a special creation for festival goers, the FudgeFudgeFudge. Hmm, I wonder what’s in that one...