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Kopp's Custard

5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, WI - (414) 961-3288
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/12/2007 6:11:00 PM
Kopp’s is a joyful place where merry eaters chow down on deliciously fragrant, cooked-to-order hamburgers wherever they can find a place to lean, inside or out. (There is no seating.) The hamburgers are terrific – oozing with butter as is the custom in Milwaukee burger joints – but ice cream treats are the specialty of the house.

Some of the sundaes Kopp’s makes are so elaborate that the management has been known to offer architectural diagrams pointing out various ingredients and their place in the architecture of each concoction. The blueprint for the staggering Kopp’s Special shows pineapple and raspberry sauces, sliced bananas, hot fudge, toasted pecans, and a cherry on top.

The sauces are excellent, the toasted nuts are a revelation, but the foundation is the important part, and at Kopp’s it is ivory-white custard made from pure, high-butterfat ingredients with none of the thickeners and stabilizers that gunk up ordinary ice cream. Custard like this is a Wisconsin passion, and good reason for natives of the Badger State to consider themselves America’s ice cream elite. It is hypnotic to watch it ooze from great silver machines behind the counter. To taste it is to know why Kopp’s has been a beloved Milwaukee institution since Elsie Kopp opened her first stand in 1950.

Vanilla is superb, pure and white and thick and monomaniacally delicious. It is the true Custardhead’s choice. Vanilla and Swiss chocolate are always available. But Kopp’s makes a new and different flavor every single day of the year. One of our fondest memories of long ago is of Caramel Apple with mixed nuts that was the featured attraction August 31st, 1995; on August 17, 2000, the flavor du jour was Key Lime Pie custard; on September 26, 2000, we savored German Chocolate Cake, with caramel, coconut, fudge and walnut chunks; and just the other day, we were lucky enough to pass through on January 17, 2002, when the featured flavor was “Trois Chocolate,” a ménage of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and Swiss chocolate custards. You can always have a turtle sundae, which is one of the best in the Midwest.

We hate to say it, but it’s probably a good thing we don’t live in or near Milwaukee. If we did, we would be incurable Kopp’s addicts.

In addition to the Port Washington Road Location, Kopp's has locations at 18880 Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield and 7631 W. Layton Ave., in Greenfield.

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Here's a close view of what makes a great turtle sundae: crunchy, salty nuts.
"Here's a close view of what makes a great turtle sundae: crunchy, salty nuts."
Michael Stern





A full view of the turtle sundae shows the commingled chocolate and caramel syrups oozing down into the creamy white custard.
"A full view of the turtle sundae shows the commingled chocolate and caramel syrups oozing down into the creamy white custard."
Michael Stern


Easter 2011: Flavor of the Day includes Bunny Hop, which will remind you of a marshmallow cream Easter egg.
"Easter 2011: Flavor of the Day includes Bunny Hop, which will remind you of a marshmallow cream Easter egg."
Cliff Strutz


For a true taste of Wisconsin, how about Sprecher's root beer custard!
"For a true taste of Wisconsin, how about Sprecher's root beer custard!"
Cliff Strutz


This was the flavor of the day during our visit.
"This was the flavor of the day during our visit."
Stephen Rushmore


Two scoops of grasshopper fudge, the flavor of the day on 6/30/07.  The mint custard was full of large square pieces of fudge.
"Two scoops of grasshopper fudge, the flavor of the day on 6/30/07. The mint custard was full of large square pieces of fudge."
Cliff Strutz


No frills here, although you can get doubles and double cheeseburgers, too. This simple beef patty was just what we needed as a between-sundaes snack.
"No frills here, although you can get doubles and double cheeseburgers, too. This simple beef patty was just what we needed as a between-sundaes snack."
Michael Stern


A cup of Kopp's vanilla custard:  the best on earth!
"A cup of Kopp's vanilla custard: the best on earth!"
Michael Stern


This was an average burger - If you have a big appetite then order a larger size portion of custard.
"This was an average burger - If you have a big appetite then order a larger size portion of custard."
Stephen Rushmore


Here is where you place your order, pay, and get a number.
"Here is where you place your order, pay, and get a number."
Michael Stern


This place is lined with stainless steel.  Here is the young crew putting together some burgers.
"This place is lined with stainless steel. Here is the young crew putting together some burgers."
Stephen Rushmore


Bring a BIG appetite to Kopp's.  Between the buttered burgers and the custard, this is no place for small eaters.
"Bring a BIG appetite to Kopp's. Between the buttered burgers and the custard, this is no place for small eaters."
Michael Stern


Kopp's has no place to sit down inside, so a lot of business is take out. But even if you plan on eating at one of the stand-up tables, you get your burger wrapped in white butcher paper.
"Kopp's has no place to sit down inside, so a lot of business is take out. But even if you plan on eating at one of the stand-up tables, you get your burger wrapped in white butcher paper."
Michael Stern


Kopp's dramatic new sign dwarfs some no-account golden arches in the distant background to the left. (The
"Kopp's dramatic new sign dwarfs some no-account golden arches in the distant background to the left. (The "dough" on the sign refers to the flavor of the day on March 26, 2004: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream."
Michael Stern


You can see what the flavor of the day from a long distance with a sign like this.
"You can see what the flavor of the day from a long distance with a sign like this."
Stephen Rushmore



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