Racing to a meeting, I passed Greg's Frozen Custard, which if I wasn't late already the car would have pulled in. If I hadn't had a big mouth and introduced a controversial topic at this meeting, then I would have tried this place on Thursday. Instead, I found myself standing in their dark parking lot Thursday at 10:45 trying to understand what this place is all about. I returned Saturday evening with my Mothers (plural is correct) in tow.
Greg's Frozen Custard is a one-of independent Frozen Custard stand which opened this spring in Mundelein. From the intersection of Routes 60 and 45, this is maybe half a block north on the west side, sandwiched between a McDonalds and a AutoZone. In fact, you enter their parking lot via the AutoZone and drive around in a clockwise fashion around Greg's. In fact this clockwise pattern was a bit uncomfortable. Initially I couldn't understand my reaction until I realized most fast-food drive arounds are counter-clockwise.
Greg's is a spanking white cinderbrick construction with a broad overhang, using long fluorescent tubes as the primary decorative lighting with a touch of neon. Inexpensive materials done very attractively, it reminded you of road stands from the 1950's. If the architecture wasn't reminiscent for you, then the 1950's and 1960's music playing did it. While we were there, the song list included Beatles "Yellow Submarine" and some Buddy Holly. When was the last time you heard "Yellow Submarine" in a dining establishment? I haven't bought a thing yet and I am already quite happy.
While reading the selections, there was already one surprise. If all you wanted was "just some ice cream," then your conveyance choices were Cake, Cone or Dish. Let me translate: Cake is a safety cone, Cone is a waffle cone and dish is a dish. Have you ever heard a safety cone referred to as a Cake before? One Mom had chocolate scoop on a cake. Yes, I said scoop not the classic swirl.
All the Sundaes are double scoop and priced at $3.39 each. On the center glass pane, the various types and ingrediant lists are posted on 8.5x11 printouts. Buying their combinations was the best buy because otherwise each topping is 50 cents each. My Mom had a pineapple Sundae. I went for their combination who was named after a favored candy bar (... has nuts, .... don't - if you recall the jingle): it consisted of two scoops vanilla custard, chocolate syrup, coconut,chopped almonds with a cherry on top. no whipped cream.
There are benches to sit on, but we choose to sit in the car and watch all the families mingling about. Chocolate-Cake Mom commented the custard had a richer taste than the place on 176. To verify, I stepped out of the car to inquire with the server. She referred me to a side window where they had an ingrediant list and a dieticians nutritional analysis posted. I wanted percentages, it read 3 grams per 1 ounce ... I hate when metric and english standards are mixed. A quick phone call just now: 10%! The place on 176 is a measly 5%.
Standard flavors are chocolate and vanilla, with a flavor of the day and shake of the month. Like everything else, you can explore their flavors of the day by going to www.custardlist.com and click on stands then scroll down to Greg's. What's neat about this website, you can use it to home in on independents throughout the country. I have it linked below.
In addition to their ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes, Xtra Thicks, (banana) splits, custard sodas custard floats and Kiddie Cocktail Float, they also have a modest sandwich selection: Hot Dog, Sloggy Greg and Sloppy Dog.
This is a new frozen custard place which has had some creativity and imagination applied to a known standard. I really hope they succeed because it really is a charming place. I think there is a chance, I drove further north on 45 passing the Dairy Queen which had no customers --- these are maybe 1 mile apart!
In any case, the Moms and I are quite happy!
Greg's Frozen Custard
1490 S. Lake Street (Route 45)