By Mike S. at 2016-12-30
Ice cream... who doesn't love ice cream?!?
There's really only one answer to that question, and that's, "people who have had custard!"
That's right, custard, the distant cousin of ice-cream, with its trade mark milky smooth buttery taste, nothing compares!! Nothing comes close!
In the world of custard, everyone knows Wisconsin is where you go to get good custard, if they say otherwise, you can tell, they're a two but trying to be a three bit punk! And you can tell them that to their face!!!
Wisconsin is the home of custard, and Leon's is The Godfather of Custard. Sticking to the originals, Leon carries vanilla, chocolate, and the at one time debut flavor that has stuck around ever since: "butter pecan" which is my favorite.
Other such flavors that they offer include: raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, mint, and maple but, but these flavors aren't the consistent three.
Enjoy your Leon's custard!
By Nan N. at 2016-12-28
Happiness in a cone.
Nostalgia? Check. Fair low prices? Check. Keeping the same great quality all these years? Check.
Glad to be able to get some Leon's after a couple of years traveling. Pleased to say it's still delicious creamy frozen custard as ever!
My absolute favorite is the butter pecan. It's a good bet that it's the best butter pecan in the whole USA. The evenly distributed pecans have a nice crispy crunch with a delicate texture that make you craving for more.
Bottom line: huge ass MUST for anyone in Wisconsin.
By Janos J. at 2016-12-27
Used to be a huge fan of Leon's Custard, but lately the staff have been extremely rude. I'll take my business elsewhere. I just cannot support them. The best thing was their location is right down the street by my mothers house, so I used to come here often.
[Review #414] (60th Review of 2016)
By Emma T. at 2016-12-22
Super classic spot and delicious ice cream. I went in the summer and there wasn't a long wait. They are efficient and the prices are super low. Can't bear it! Make sure to take photos of the exterior.
By Allan M. at 2016-10-20
Still a great place, all these years later since I originally wrote my review. No idea what the non-custard food is like, but the custard is all that matters to me! And who knows if I'll ever try any of their non-custard food items(doubt it). As it's like how if you go to Margie's Candies in Chicago(or Dairy Queen for non-Chicagoians), how any items other than ice cream is an afterthought.
Anyway, I kinda wish some of their to go custard flavors you could get as a cup to eat there. :( That's a little bit of a bummer, but I won't deduct a star over that. Thankfully the Hampton Inn I was staying at with my family had a fridge in the room, that kept the smallest to go pint size of custard cold enough till I was ready to dig in and eat it all that night.
And like others said, if you want a custard place with a greater fast food menu, you may want to go to Kopp's instead. REMEMBER to bring cash if you go here, no cards are accepted(forget if checks are accepted, but I don't think so).
By Katie S. at 2016-07-10
Wonderful frozen custard at a great price! Beware... it is cash only... so come prepared!
I just wish they had some seating options though. People just end up roaming around the parking lot while eating their cones or snagging a seat on the barriers below the Leon's sign.
It can get extremely busy, but service is fast and friendly so the wait is never too long.
By Marissa M. at 2016-09-22
You know you've come across a city's gem, the type of one-of-a-kind place featured in movies, when it continues to operate as cash only in this credit-card heavy world. Case in point: Katz's Delicatessen of "When Harry Met Sally" in New York City and Pat's King of Steak of "Rocky" in Philadelphia. If Milwaukee had a movie (I'm thinking some kind of medical drama with romantic overtones at a fictional hospital shot inside St. Luke's since it's so close in proximity), Leon's would be its famous restaurant feature.
The custard is AMAZING. Creamy without being heavy, full of flavor, and very fairly priced. The flavors may be basic, but they're done spectacularly well here. I'll be back when my pint of mint is done, and I'm sure I'll return again, again, and again!
By Thad S. at 2016-11-26
Who has the best custard? Chocolate it's Leon's.
We did a blind taste test between Leon's Kopp's, Culver's, Oscar's, and Gillies. Leon's and Kopp's were neck-and-neck. Gilly's came in next. Then Culvers. Oscars was not worthy to be on the same table, honestly.
Kopp's had the best vanilla which is my favorite. You can't go wrong with Kopp's or Leon's or Gillies if you're in that neck of the woods.
By Jan T. at 2016-11-25
Good custard: rude staff.
There are better custard places with friendlier service.
By Steven T. at 2016-05-21
I have decided that my lack of a sweet tooth is keeping me from going to certain certain and since eating sweets will not kill me so I'm going to start trying sweet tooth places, it's not that I hate sweets in any way.
Leon's has been on my list for a while and since this weekend was our first sunny warm weekend I felt I would try some cold custard and there food.
The place looks like it's out of the happy days tv show and a era long gone. This place must be good because there was about 40 people between the two lines. I would try the raspberry cone, chili dog and there sloppy joe burger. This place had people of all ages from children to older people so it has a great following.
The chili dog was a poor quality frank on a bun with a chili spread on the bun with nothing else, pathetic looking. The burger was just the same with a bun with the chili spread. The chili didn't taste like conventional chili. This in not a food destination spot people, see my pictures.
The raspberry custard was good looking and the star of the show. It was not really sweet at all but very creamy/cold and hit the spot on a nice day. I like the fact that the custard went all the way to the bottom of the cone.
Since this is a custard stand and really what people come for I'm not going to factor the food in this review in all fairness because it would seriously drag down the stars. I would definitely go back and try other flavors and I can see the mass appeal.
By Peter H. at 2016-02-28
This is a nice little spot. You can tell it's a popular spot with locals as there was always a person ordering while we were there.
The sundae was good. They give you your money's worth in regards to the toppings you request.
I got the chili dog. I have to admit that i was upset at first. It was tightly wrapped which made me think that maybe they gave me a hotdog and not a chili dog. When I unwrapped it, i didn't see any chili. It wasn't until i opened the bun that i saw the seasoned ground beef underneath, not on top. Nonetheless, for about $2 and some change, it's still tasty. I'd still get another one.
By Eric T. at 2016-02-18
It was -2 degrees Fahrenheit, and my friend insisted on ice cream after dinner.
I tagged along out of courtesy, as I was hardly in the mood for anything cold. That being said, after I took my first lick I felt spellbound.
Never have I tasted frozen custard this amazing! Kopp's has nothing on this place! The way the cream rolls off your tongue... pure bliss.
There really isn't much else to say about Leon's, because you'll just have to try it for yourself to really understand what I'm talking about.
Quality + Price + Speed - Top Notch!
If you're ever in Milwaukee, seriously try this place out. Your taste buds will thank me.
By Brian M. at 2016-09-17
An old fashioned custard stand if ever there was one. This place is open until midnight and what better opportunity to create favorable memories with the family than making a late night run for a sweet treat.
As others have noted, Leon's is a cash only business so make sure you have more than just the plastic. If going on one of those awesome summer nights know that the place can get busy and the parking lot becomes small quickly. Also know Leon's is an "all outdoor" experience. Good to be aware of if you consider stopping during inclement weather. You order outside and there really isn't anywhere to sit other than your own vehicle.
Leon's is open year around and who isn't interested in custard throughout the year.
By Suzanne O. at 2016-07-05
I've become a little obsessed with Leon's lately. I could say it's just because it's nice out, but I'll go here when it's cold out too. The custard is just so thick and creamy that I can't turn it down!
I'm generally a chocolate ice cream fan, and while it's good here, I'm shocked to say I prefer the vanilla! I never get vanilla but there's just something so good about it at Leon's. Everything is super cheap here so I usually go for the double scoop and my favorite combo is vanilla and butter pecan. I keep saying I'm going to get a sundae but the plain custard is wonderful by itself.
Don't forget- cash only!
By Jeannette W. at 2016-07-11
There isn't much frozen custard where I come from so this was definitely a huge treat for me. I had no idea what to expect but knew I should order the much raved about butter pecan, which also happens to be one of my childhood flavors. I couldn't believe how delicious it was, so utterly creamy and smooth and not cloyingly sweet like I was worried it would be. The serving was a pretty good size for the small amount of money I paid for it. I just wish it wasn't so hot that day because mine ended up melting all over me due to the fact I am a really lame ice cream cone eater and even in cool weather, I often find the ice cream dripping on me. The cute retro building and sign are an added bonus and really create a fun ambience! I wouldn't change a thing about this place and can't want to go back.
By Claudia M. at 2016-07-15
We Love Leon's Custard. Drove here late Friday night from Chicago just to stock up.
They close at 12am we arrived at 11:40pm and the place was packed.
Beautiful evening to enjoy custard outside with the crowd.
By Dan L. at 2016-05-25
Better than Kopps!
One lick of the vanilla, and I knew this was the best custard I've had in Milwaukee. The butter pecan was equally delicious, but I don't know if this is a rotating flavor or not. It's also super cheap - $5 will afford you a giant double scoop for 2 people.
It may get crowded, but there are several windows to order at, and the lines move really fast. The only thing that you might have trouble with is parking. But more often than not, it's not really a big problem.
Get your custard at Leon's!
By Edgar V. at 2015-12-17
I visited Milwaukee back in November, the "unofficial frozen custard capital of the world" (among other monikers). To say it was cold would've be an understatement.
From my vantage point I could see ice cream machinery churn out ebony and ivory goodness, as well as their huge neon sign. A sign which indicated this was the place to go to for frozen custard known all over the world. Custard which could be had during all four seasons of the year.
So I wasn't gonna let below 10 degree weather stop me from having the best custard I've ever eaten. I decided on vanilla topped with hot fudge and Spanish nuts. A favorite of my family, who live just a few minutes from Leon's. When in Rome, right?
By Danielle L. at 2016-05-28
This is definitely the spot to be at for custard, it's apparent by its packed parking lot and near accidents trying to get out of the place. The custard is limited to 4 flavors for the day so I chose the best of the 4 , butter pecan. Was amazing. So silky and smooth. It melts fasts so get your tongues ready at the delivery lol. The prices are fair and it cost less than $4 for a double and a single cone. Definitely a must for custard.
By Monica Q. at 2016-08-06
Incredible. There's really no reason to write anything more. This is way better than Kopp's and you HAVE to come here if you're in Milwaukee - I know I definitely will!