4726 W. Vliet St.
The neighborhood drive-in is nearly extinct, fallen victim to fast food chains. A rare exception is Fred's, located in Washington Heights. It's a small place with standing room only. But there are reasons Fred's has been in business since 1967. Their roast beef sandwich is a specialty and the burgers are made of fresh beef. Save room for dessert in the form of one of Fred's frozen custard sundaes. (J.B.) $. NA. 771-6270.
7515 W. Bluemound Road
Gille's is the pioneer of frozen custard, opening in 1938. There are also milk shakes, malts and floats all made the right way. The food is traditional for a custard stand: hot dogs and burgers. Check them out for their flavor of the day. (J.B.) $. NA. 453-4875.
7631 W. Layton, (414) 282-4312
5373 N. Port Washington Road, (414) 961-2006
18880 W. Bluemound Road, (262) 789-1393
Kopp's means large burgers and plenty of frozen custard with many weekly specials. The Layton Avenue location is the best, complete with an outdoor seating area shaded by pine trees and boasting a sculpture. Fast food meets a deluxe setting! Each venue in this locally owned chain has a unique, imaginative personality. (J.B.) $. NA. Handicap access
3131 S. 27th St.
Leon's is the Milwaukee stereotype for “Happy Days.” The business began in 1942 and the current structure was built during the '50s. It is the real thing, not a Sonic fake. Come here for the frozen custard, made daily. Otherwise, there are burgers (which are more like sloppy joes) or hotdogs. (J.B.) $. NA. 383-1784