Kopp’s Custard

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Kopp’s is a joyful place where eaters chow down on hamburgers wherever they can find a place to lean, inside or out. (There is no seating.) The burgers ooze with butter as is the custom in Milwaukee.

The burgers are alright, but custard is the specialty of the house. Some of the sundaes Kopp’s makes with this custard are so elaborate that the management has been known to offer architectural diagrams pointing out various ingredients and their place in the construction of each concoction. A 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 high-butterfat ingredients with none of the thickeners and stabilizers that gunk up ordinary ice cream. Continue reading

Kopp’s is a joyful place where eaters chow down on hamburgers wherever they can find a place to lean, inside or out. (There is no seating.) The burgers ooze with butter as is the custom in Milwaukee.

The burgers are alright, but custard is the specialty of the house. Some of the sundaes Kopp’s makes with this custard are so elaborate that the management has been known to offer architectural diagrams pointing out various ingredients and their place in the construction of each concoction. A 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 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 pure and white and thick and monomaniacally delicious. Vanilla and Swiss chocolate are always available. But Kopp’s makes a couple of different flavors 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 September 26, 2000, we savored German Chocolate Cake, with caramel, coconut, fudge and walnut chunks; and when we were lucky enough to pass through on January 17, 2002, the featured flavor was “Trois Chocolate,” a ménage of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and Swiss chocolate custards. Flavors of the day for April 15, 2017, were butter pecan and red velvet cake. You always can have a turtle sundae, which is one of the best in the Midwest.

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.

Dishes to try
Kopp’s Custard, Custard
Custard
Must-Try
Smooth, simple, pure, perfect: custard at its finest.
Kopp’s Custard, Turtle Sundae
Turtle Sundae
Must-Try
Custard + chocolate + caramel + crisp salted nuts + a cherry = turtle sundae. Heaven!
Kopp’s Custard, Hamburger
Hamburger
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.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10:30am - 11pm
Monday10:30am - 11pm
Tuesday10:30am - 11pm
Wednesday10:30am - 11pm
Thursday10:30am - 11pm
Friday10:30am - 11:30pm
Saturday10:30am - 11:30pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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