Frozen custard guide
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It may be Brew City, but custard is no small matter in Milwaukee, where everyone has his or her own favorite custard stand. This, of course, may go a long way toward explaining our waistlines. But, hey, what's the point of livin' if you can't go a-lickin' custard every now and again.
Although it looks a lot like ice cream to an outsider, custard is made from cream and egg yolks and has considerably less air added than ice cream, which makes it denser. And because it gets to your mouth before being refrozen, unlike ice cream, custard is creamier and softer than its more famous cousin.
We're not going to tell you which custard stand is the best, because as previously mentioned, it is clearly a matter of taste (and because we're looking to avoid an all-out brawl). But here is a list of some of the city's best-loved custard shops, in case you've missed a few on your quest for the cold, creamy comfort in a cone.
Bubba's Frozen Custard, Jumbo Burgers & Red Hots
1276 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 695-8189
Order your favorite smooth and creamy custard then enjoy it outside during the summer.
Cream City Custard
1440 S. 84th St., (414) 774-4000
Ferch's Malt Shoppe and Grill
5636 Broad St., Greendale, (414)423-1414
Ferch's offers sandwiches, burgers and a daily fish fry in addition to their well known custard. It also may be one of the only sites in area to try low-carb custard.
Georgie Porgie's Sandwich Shop/Frozen Custard
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 571-9889
A place that offers tasty food, from classic burgers to super sundaes and kabobs, Georgie Porgie's has some of the best custard around.
Gilles Frozen Custard
7515 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 453-4875
So very little about Gilles has changed since Mr. Paul Gilles opened the custard stand in 1938, including just two ownership changes. It's old school to the bone, and it's still a regular stop for now Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Custard is king, of course, but we also love "Those Things," which are exclusive Gilles treats made with vanilla custard on top of a homemade peanut cookie and then dipped in chocolate. Yea, baby. Good stuff.
Golden Gyros Frozen Custard
7233 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, (414) 541-7580
Try the flavor of the day, which is sure to be a mouth-watering creation like Caramel Chocolate Truffle or Cherry Amaretto. Yum!
3131 Main St., East Troy, (262) 642-2929
Have the carhops bring you burgers, sodas, malts and of course, custard!
Hefner's Custard & Jumbo Hamburgers
N71 W5184 Columbia Road, Cedarburg, (262) 376-1020
Daily flavor specialties and a good place to feed your custard yen when hanging on the North Shore.
Kitts Frozen Custard Drive-In
7000 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 461-1400
Famous for its custard, food and our own "MonicaGate," in which Milwaukee Police Department Deputy Chief Monica Ray got into a scuffle with an employee.
5373 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale, (414) 961-3288 Flavor hotline: (414) 961-2006
7631 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, (414) 282-4312 Flavor hotline: (414) 282-4080
18880 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, (262) 789-9490 Flavor hotline: (262) 789-1393
Kopp's has three locations that are always teeming with custard-hungry crowds and their butter burgers are legendary. The folks to beat in the custard game.
Leon's Frozen Custard
3131 S. 27th St., (414) 383-1784
Leon's is THE Milwaukee custard stand and was one of the inspirations behind Arnold's on Happy Days. There's no service at your car window anymore, but for more than half a century, Leon's has served up smiles along with custard and standard food fare.
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