Leon’s

Drive-In | Ice Cream Parlor
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Leon’s is an old-fashioned drive-in that is a neon-edged fun ride for anybody with a sweet tooth and an appreciation for the profound goodness of custard.

Custard looks like soft-serve ice cream and the broadest definition of frozen desserts might lump the two together. But as Leon’s makes it, there is virtually no similarity to the wan soft-serve available in national chains outside of America’s dairyland. And to compare it to the sort of ice cream that you buy by the pint in grocery stores – even the superpremium brands – is like comparing vintage Burgundy to screw-top wine. This custard is egg-rich, smooth as alabaster, sweet but not cloying, and uncomplicated. No mix-ins, no silly names for flavors, no cookie dough or brownie chunks. Choose vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or butter pecan. Have it in a cone or cup. Or have a sundae topped with sauce of your choice and some of the most delicious toasted nuts on the planet: pecan halves that have a wicked crunch, a salty punch, and an earthy flavor that only helps accentuate the heavenly clarity of the superior custard itself.

Dining facilities at Leon’s are limited to a few chest-high counters around the side of the drive-in. Most customers eat standing up or sitting in their parked cars.

What to Eat
Leon’s, Custard
Custard
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Vanilla & chocolate custard. Unimprovable.
Leon’s, Super Sundae
Super Sundae
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A Leon's 'Super Sundae,' topped with caramel and garnished with the crispest nuts in town.
Leon’s, Raspberry Custard
Raspberry Custard
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This cone features long, elegant swirls of the delicious raspberry custard.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
10 stops | 145 MILES | 3 hr 32 min

A road trip along the the southwest shore of Lake Michigan offers a wild taste-buds adventure (assuming you can get out of Chicago with any appetite remaining ... but that's another story). This trip starts with a great corned beef sandwich at the edge of the Chicago Loop and ends with two corned beef sandwich…

7 stops | 52 MILES | 1 hr 30 min

Wisconsin is the Dairy State, which means a worthy Milwaukee eating plan must include creamy custard (at the vintage drive-in Leon's) and a butter burger lunch (at Solly's Grille). Soul food is great in the city: BBQ at Speed Queen and plate lunch at Mr. Perkins Family Restaurant. Milwaukee also happens to be a great…

6 stops | 208 MILES | 3 hr 49 min

Eastern Wisconsin is a joyful place to visit … It is the might of Milwaukee and its diverse heritage, the still shores of Lake Michigan, the football-crazed city of Green Bay, and the summertime wonder of the Door County peninsula. Beer, of course, is a big deal in the city that's been home to Blatz,…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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