List: Where to Get Frozen Custard, Ice Cream and Gelato

From retro-flair institutions like Leon’s on the South Side to Wholly Cow’s frozen custard in Lake Country, here’s where to secure frozen goodness for carry-out or to-go.

Babe’s Ice Cream

This Bay View scoop shop – offering gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-tree-free options, plus standard dairy flavors – is open for take-out Thursday and Sunday noon to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also on the menu: ice-cream cakes and ice-cream sandwiches, plus a sundae kit (toppings included). (2264 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-482-4000)

The Chocolate Factory

The ice cream shop offers curbside pick-up and DoorDash delivery for seven of its locations. Cedarburg hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Delivery Coming Soon); Delafield 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Elm Grove 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oconomowoc 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Pewaukee 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Walk-Thru Ice Cream Window); Waukesha 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; West Bend 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Curbside pick-up coming to the Oak Creek location on May 11. 

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With numerous locations around the Milwaukee area, the Wisconsin-based chain’s drive-thrus remain open for frozen custard (and other menu items) daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Divino Gelato Café

This gelato spot offers carry-out of unique flavors (like Cherry Chill CBD Infused Gelato). Open from noon to 6 p.m. (227 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-446-9490) Open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (245 Main St., Racine, 262-672-4755 ) Open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, 414-435-0630) Open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (95 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, 262-797-9103)

Georgie Porgie’s

From a Build-Your-Own-Sundae pack (includes whipped cream and other accoutrements) to off-beat flavors (like Maple & Bacon) by the pint, these two frozen-custard locations are open for curbside delivery once you place an online order here. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, 414-571-9889; 5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, 262-635-5030)

Gilles Frozen Custard

An institution in Tosa since 1938, this frozen custard stand is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Place to-go orders through the online menu here or phone ahead for pick-up. (7515 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, 414-453-4875)

The Kiltie Drive-In

This Oconomowoc institution is doing strictly to-go orders (cash or check payment only). And that applies to the whole menu – and it’s a big one. Sandwiches and dinners (chicken, shrimp, fish fry), along with all kinds of frozen custard treats: cones, sundaes, flurries, shakes and malts. Open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (N48 W36154 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, 262-567-2648)


All locations for this frozen-custard stand allow take-out orders only; place your order by calling first, upon arrival or via this online form. (Pro tip: check the “flavor preview” menu and then plot your visit.) Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (7631 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, 414-282-4312; 18800 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, 262-789-9490; 5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale414-961-3288)

Leon’s Frozen Custard

Open since 1942, this South Side frozen custard stand – serving only four flavors daily by the scoop, plus sundaes and pints to-go – is open daily 11 a.m. to midnight. (3131 S. 27th St., 414-383-1784)

Murf’s Frozen Custard

Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for drive-thru (Waukesha) and take-out (Brookfield) service only. Flavors of the day announced on the stand’s Facebook page and on the website’s Flavor Forecast link. (1345 S. West Ave., Waukesha, 262-547-7944; 12505 Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, 262-814-6873)

Oscar’s Frozen Custard & Sandwiches

Available for drive-thru and carry-out only, the frozen-custard and burger joint is open Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to midnight. Check Oscar’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for photos of flavor-of-the-day scoops in a cone that might make you drool. (21165 E. Moreland Ave., Waukesha, 262-798-9707; 7041 S. 27th St., Franklin, 414-304-8700)

Out & Out Custard & Sandwiches

You’ll pass this shop on Highway 52 on your way into downtown Cedarburg. It offers dinner specials, salads and wraps. along with frozen treats, including shakes and malts, cups and cones, pints and quarts. Order at the walk-up window or call ahead. (W61N305 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, 262-377-5515)

Purple Door Ice Cream

Perched on a corner in Walker’s Point, this scoop shop with 20 rotating flavors is open for take-out Friday-Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. and Monday-Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., or online orders for curbside pick-up. Location inside Mequon Public Market is open for online orders or by phone for curbside pick-up only. Owned by two former educators, the “e-learning ice cream packs” are a four-pack of pints with an educationally based ideas sheet for activities with ice cream and dry ice. (205 S. Second St., 414-988-2521; 6300 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, 262-643-4073)

Scratch Ice Cream

Folding in Dairy State, um, dairy ingredients and crafted in small batches, products include scoops (vegan or dairy options) as well as a Quarantine Care Package (six pints and 18 par-baked cookies). Order for curbside pick-up via this online form inside Crossroads Collective, open daily 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Zocalo Food Park location is open as of May 1 for carry-out and cashless transactions only, Wednesday-Sunday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (2238 N. Farwell Ave., 414-704-8874; 636 S. Sixth St., 414-433-9747)

Shake Shack

The Third Ward location (Wisconsin’s only) of this burger, fries, shakes and frozen-custard chain is open for take-out only from Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Order via this online form or phone first before heading over. 414-509-1080. (220 E. Buffalo St.)

Wholly Cow

The streamlined take-out menu at this burger-and-custard spot (owned by the Stoffers since its 1990s opening) features only frozen custard and ice-cream treats. Choose from chocolate, vanilla or a custom frozen-custard flavor designed on the spot. Open Thursday-Saturday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (637 Main St., Delafield, 262-646-2555)



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.