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 more dense. 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. 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.
Adrian's Frozen Custard
572 Bridge St, Burlington (262) 763-8562
This custard stop, located in historic downtown Burlington serves up fresh custard in a variety of flavors daily.
AJ Bombers/Holey Moley
1247 N. Water St., (414) 221-9999
Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way, open game days 90 minutes before game time
Best known for flipping some of the best burgers in town, AJ Bombers also dishes up frozen custard. The company's Holey Moley doughnuts location at Miller Park also makes a range of sinfully tasty doughnut custard sandwiches.
N79 W14701 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-6244
This Greek restaurant also offers up custard in Menomonee Falls.
Big Deal Burger
1440 S. 84th St., West Allis, (414) 774-4000
Living up to its name, the burgers and the custard servings at this West Allis place just across from State Fair Park are ginormous.
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.
8718 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 462-6200
Sure, there's a giant bird on the catering truck and the name says chicken, but Champion Chicken is a great place for frozen custard, too.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave., Galleria Level, (414) 287-0303
The Bartolotta Restaurants has gotten into custard in a big way and this location, in the lobby of the U.S. Bank Center, is one of the only sources for custard in Downtown Milwaukee, along with AJ Bombers.
Ferch's Malt Shoppe and Grille
5636 Broad St., Greendale, (414)423-1414
100 Hawthorne Ave., in Grant Park, South Milwaukee
Ferch's offers sandwiches, burgers and a daily fish fry in addition to their well-known custard, which is mixed to order on a chilled marble board.
Fred's Frozen Custard & Grill
4726 W. Vliet St. (414) 771-6270
For over 40 years, folks have been frequenting this small neighborhood grill for great made-to-order carryout and delicious frozen custard. The shop also features jumbo burgers, Chicago-style hotdogs and Italian beef sandwiches.
Georgie Porgie's Treefort Restaurants
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 571-9889
5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, (262) 635-5030
A place that offers tasty food, from classic burgers to super sundaes and kabobs, Georgie Porgie's has some of the best custard around. The Mount Pleasant location looks like a giant treehouse inside.
Gilles Frozen Custard
7515 W. Bluemound Rd., (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 still a regular stop for retired 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 butter cookie and then dipped in chocolate, and served on a stick. 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!
1110 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 747-1103
In a former Boy Blue, Tim Nassiopoulos runs the little Gyros Stand Greek restaurant, which also serves custard, as well as slushies and other treats.
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.
Jumbo's Frozen Custard
1014 S. Main St., West Bend (262) 334-5400
This spot along the main drag in West Bend offers up soft, creamy custard and serves a fish fry daily. And, as would be expected, the burgers are jumbo.
Junior's Frozen Custard
6005 W. Appleton Ave., (414) 444-4230
Flavor hotline: (414) 444-4199
This custard stand, located in one of the original Kopp's locations, serves up a variety of freshly-churned custard daily, along with burgers, hotdogs and other sandwiches.
N48 W36154 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, (262) 567-2648
The Scottish-themed drive-in has been a local landmark since it opened back in 1947. The place is now legendary, and still open only seasonally. Head over, grab a Kiltie Burger, a sundae and find out why some folks think "if it's not Kiltie, it's crap."
Kitt's 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-craving crowds, and their butter burgers are legendary. The folks to beat in the custard game.
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