Milwaukee Ice Cream Guide: Including Gelato, Custard & Fro-Yo

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Or gelato, or frozen-yogurt, or custard…

Frozen Custard

Adrian’s Frozen Custard
572 Bridge St., Burlington, 262-763-8562
Specialty: Frozen custard in a spectrum of flavors, including White Chocolate Avalanche, Georgia Peach Almond and Bear Claw.

Bubba’s Frozen Custard
1276 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, 262-695-8189
Specialties: Peanut butter collision sundaes, root beer floats and frozen custard. Bubba’s eccentric frozen custard flavors vary – from pretzel twist to pralines n’ cream. Bubba’s also specializes in burgers and sandwich of the month. 

Turtle Sundae. Photo courtesy of Bubba’s.

Caesar’s Frozen Custard & Jumbo Burgers
2721 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-456-0503
Specialty: Indulge in the frozen custard or have the fries – or dip the fries in the frozen custard.

Ferch’s Malt Shoppe and Grille
5636 Broad St., Greendale, 414-423-1414; Grant Park Beach , 414-215-7950
Specialty: Fountain drinks, specialty sandwiches and fresh custard. Contests: A 10-scoop sundae or three-pound burger challenge. If you finish it, it’s free.

Ice cream from Ferch's Malt Shoppe & Grille
Ferch’s Malt Shoppe & Grille; Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Georgie Porgies Family Restaurant
9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, 414-571-9889; 5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, 262-635-5030
Specialty: Georgie Porgie prides itself on being a burger and custard hangout.  Try their banana split, and drumstick sundaes.

Gilles Frozen Custard
7515 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, 414-453-4875
This 73-year-old stand dishes up frozen custard, hot chili, burgers, cookies and Gilles T-shirts.

Kitt’s Frozen Custard Drive-In
7000 W. Capitol Dr., 414-461-1400
Specialty: Similar to Leon’s, Kitt’s is also a ’50s-themed drive-in custard shop. Aside from frozen custard, the menu includes hamburgers and fried foods. 

Kopp’s Frozen Custard
7631 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, 414-282-4312; 18880 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield, 262-789-9490; 5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, 414-961-3288
For more than 60 years, Kopp’s has been a frozen Milwaukee treat. Even in the dead of winter, natives and visitors clamor to Kopp’s to get a scoop of the custard or grab a jumbo burger.

Leon’s vanilla and strawberry and Kopp’s chocolate. Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Leon’s Frozen Custard
3131 S. 27th St., 414-383-1784
Specialty: 1950s-themed drive-in frozen custard shop also serves hamburgers made with “secret” sauce, as well as offers soda fountain items.

Murf’s Frozen Custard
1345 S. West Ave., Waukesha, 262-547-7944; 12505 Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, 262-814-6873
Specialty: Gobble made-to-order burgers and custard, Vienna red hots, cod or perch, and grasshopper sundaes.

Northpoint Custard
2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., 414-727-4886
Run by Bartolotta Restaurant Group, this joint located near Bradford Beach serves up helpings of custard, burgers, sandwiches and sides.

Old Dutch Custard
3505 Spring St., Racine, 262-634-4444
Specialty: This Racine jewel doles out custard and free Wi-fi.

Oscar’s Frozen Custard and Sandwiches
2362 S. 108th St., 414-327-5220; 21165 Highway 18, Waukesha, 262-798-9707; 7041 S 27th St., Franklin, 414-304-8700
Specialty: “Oscar” burgers, salads, malts, shakes and frozen custard.

Pop’s Custard
N87 W16459 Appleton Ave., Memononee Falls, 262-251-3320
Butter burgers, fish and shrimp, sandwiches and frozen custard. Try the Strawberry Shaum Torte or Kiss Under the Roof sundaes. 

Shirl’s Custard Restaurant
7943 Sheridan Rd., Kenosha, 262-654-168
Specialty: In short, Shirl’s doles out anything and everything one could want when a food binge calls. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, and the childhood favorite, funnel cake.

Wholly Cow
637 Main St., Delafield, 262-646-2555
Jumbo burgers, self-service fountain, cobblestone custard and a variety of malts. Sundae offerings include “the Beast” – a four-topping sundae. 


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Cold Spoons Gelato
5924 W. Vliet St., 414-727-9457
The shop offers 24 varying flavors, including cappuccino, tiramisu and amaretto.

Divino Gelato Café
227 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-446-9490; 245 Main St., Racine 262-672-4755; Brookfield Square Food Court, Brookfield
: Offers 36 flavors of gelato on a daily basis. Shop was mentioned in The New York Times and USA Today.

1011 E. Brady St., 414-272-0540
Specialty: Known for Italian cheeses, sausages and pizza, Glorioso’s also serves up gelato about a half-dozen flavors of gelato.

Golosi Gelato Café
162 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, 262-391-0637
Specialty: The flavors of gelato include Irish coffee, hazelnut, Sicilian pistachio, coconut, rum, raspberry, blueberry, passion fruit and apricot. Also serves soups and grilled panini.

Sweet Trio
1225 Washington St., Grafton, 262-375-8746
Specialties: European chocolates and caramels, candy apples and decadent sauces. Gelato is sold only in the summer and features such flavors as pistachio, triple berry and coconut. 

Ice Cream

Purple Door beer-pretzel ice cream photo by Rachel Stinebring

Babe’s Ice Cream
2264 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, 414-482-4000
Cones and sundaes, shakes, malts and ice cream cakes.

Lee’s Dairy Treat
14040 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, 262-782-6680
Doles out frozen bananas (no pun intended), “super” hot dogs, and sundaes, malts and shakes in various flavors. Also sugar-free ice cream, gelato, nonfat frozen yogurt, sherbet and Italian ice.

New Paleteria Leon
1414 W. Forest Home Ave., 414-383-3934
Specialty: Ice Cream/Dessert Shop

Nite Owl Ice Cream Parlour & Sandwich Shop
830 E. Layton Ave., 414-483-2524
Specialties: This drive-in, open only from St. Patrick’s Day to Thanksgiving, fills you up on hamburgers and ice cream.

Sandy’s Popper
5503 6th St., Kenosha, 262-605-3202
Specialties: Gourmet popcorn, gelato and Wisconsin’s Cedar Crest Ice Cream.

Wayne’s Drive-In
1331 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, 262-375–9999
Specialties: Burgers, fries and featuring Wisconsin’s Cedar Crest Ice Cream.

Fro Zone
1320 E Brady St., 414-881-5895
Specialties: Gourmet rolled ice cream, boba tea and other drinks.

Photo by Getty Images

Purple Door Ice Cream
205 S. 2nd St., 414-988-2521
Specialty: Hand-crafted “artisan ice cream” in a rotating cast of flavors for more grown-up palates: Rhubarb Crisp, Whiskey and Cream Cheese, for example.

Indulgence Chocolatiers
4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, 414-332-2749
Specialty: Full scoop shop featuring Purple Door Ice Cream with Indulgence signature toppings.

Photo courtesy of Purple Door

Frozen Yogurt

Yo Mama! Frozen Yogurt & Goodies
1349 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-988-5365; 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, 262-649-3128
Specialty: Weigh and pay. You choose from three cup sizes and top your froyo with more than 35 toppings. Other treats: Alterra coffee, hot chocolate, Simma’s cheesecake and Sweet Trio caramel apples.

My Yo My
100 S.Water St., 414-223-0277; 8663A N. Port Washington Rd., Foxpoint, 414-351-0493, Foxpoint
Specialty: Traditional self-serve fro-yo set-up with above-average yogurt pun in the name and a nice Third Ward patio on which to enjoy your frozen treat.

Yo Factory
2203 N. Farewell Ave., 414-988-4562
Specialty: With over 60 topping options, Yo Factory gives you creative control over your own sweet concoction.