On our way to IL last weekend Gino and I took a detour through Milwaukee to sample burgers, chili and engage in a Custard Tasting.
Before we could sample the custard we had to have a meal so we stopped at Sollys for the much vaunted Butter Burger. We were not disappointed. While not the best hamburger Ive ever had, and certainly not one I could eat regularly, it was truly a unique experience. Each cheeseburger came with a dollop of butter about the size of a golf ball. It was a tremendous contrast of hot (burger), crisp (toasted bun), cool (still solid butter) and slippery (melted butter). The French fries provided an excellent complement.
We also stopped at Real Chili for a small bowl of hot chili with beans and noodles. Gino was inclined to order a refill but thought better of it due to the custard we had yet to sample.
Speaking of custard, we had four places on our list. Kopps due to its reputation, Leons for the look, and Jessicas Custard and The Hangar for their proximity and the inclusion on the custardlist.com. As expected, Kopps came out on top although Leons was a close second. Jessicas appeared to be out of business and The Hangar was awful. The comments are listed below. We will likely be making this trip again and we would like to try a few others so if there are any suggestions let me know.
Kopps Frozen Custard 5373 N Port Washington Rd An incredibly rich, fluffy, full bodied custard with a light vanilla flavor. Very smooth texture. Clearly the top of the heap.
Leons 3131 S. 27th Street A close second to Kopps. The biggest difference to us was that Leons seemed to be the type of custard you could eat more of because it was slightly less rich but no less flavorful. Part of the charm of Leons is the building itself. And the fact that it is less expensive.
Jessicas Custard 524 E Layton Av Jessicas appeared to be closed not just for the season. Needless to say we were disappointed.
The Hangar 4939 Howell Av This place was awful. Our first clue was when we asked about flavors he said vanilla, chocolate and twist. Unlike most places that have a machine dispense the custard in to a container from which they scoop, The Hangar served theirs straight from the machine not unlike soft serve ice cream. If that wasnt bad enough The custard had no body and had an odd chemical flavor. We couldnt finish it because it was so bad.
Needing to redeem ourselves we traveled on to Racine to pick up kringles. We stopped at Bendtsens Bakery, 3200 Washington Av and purchased 4 pecan and one lemon kringle. The pecan was as good as we expected (especially when we heated them the next morning) but the lemon was disappointing. It had no zing to it and simply tasted liked lemon jelly. The nice young gal behind the counter also let s sample a little poppy seed pasty which was also good. Since we were back on a roll we decided to try Kewpee Lunch, 520 Wiasconsin Av, for another burger. There little thing are very tasty and very cheap. 3 burgers, fries and a House-made Root beer for $6.00 is a pretty good deal.
All in all, not a bad way to spend 3 hours. We look forward to doing it again and would welcome suggestions for other quick places to try.