Since Central Standard Craft Beer & Burgers — a popular Bettendorf restaurant — opened its second location at 1222 S.E. University Ave., in Waukee, it's been generating a lot of buzz for several reasons.
And one of those reasons is Central Standard's creatively concocted milkshakes, overflowing with candies, cookies, sauces and sprinkles.
Traditional shakes in vanilla, chocolate or strawberry are available for $5. But for $8.50, try a specialty milkshake instead:
Birthday Cake - cake ice cream, confetti cake, sprinkles and frosting, served with a sparkler
Sweet N Salty - caramel ice cream, pretzels, salted caramel, peanut butter cups and M&Ms
Chocolate Brownie Overload - chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate brownie, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, caramel, pecans and whipped cream
Cookie Dough - cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chips, hot fudge and a cookie sandwich
S'mores - s’more ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow, whipped cream and topped with a s’more
Will's Feature Shake of the Month - ask your server; shakes change monthly
Will's Feature Shake of the Month is the creation of restaurant bar and service manager Nicolette Petty, 36, of Des Moines, a Bettendorf native.
This month's creation is the Chocolate Hazelnut Shake, made with Ferrero Rocher candies, Nutella and chocolate fudge, garnished with Ferrero Rocher chocolates and hazelnut pirouette cookies, served with a sparkler.
A portion of the proceeds from Shake of the Month sales is donated to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
"Guests of the Bettendorf location had a son named Will," Petty said. "The Shake of the Month is named after him because he did lose his battle with cancer, so we donate to that cause for him."
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Petty said to look for more fall-themed shakes in the months ahead, such as a harvest berry shake and another made with pumpkin and pecans. For $3 more, shakes can be spiked with flavor-enhancing liqueurs such as Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, Rumchata and Cake Vodka.
In addition to shakes, the menu features about 15 kinds of handcrafted burgers, along with several varieties of tacos and mac and cheese, appetizers, and sandwiches with hand-cut fries and other sides. The average price per dish will be about $10. Brioche burger buns are baked in-house daily.
Central Standard is located in a newly constructed strip mall space and has a covered patio, dining room and bar with room for 200 guests.
Location: 1222 S.E. University Ave., Waukee
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.