Last December, I wrote about going to a Kopp's burger and custard place in Milwaukee one time last fall (see post here). While I was told I would just love the Kopp's cheeseburger by people who had had them before, I found the melted cheddar cheese they put on the top of the burger to be somewhat overpowering. I said that I'd check out Kopp's again when I got back up to Milwaukee.
Well, it had been awhile since I was in Milwaukee. But it turned out that just down the street from the hotel I like to stay at in Milwaukee, the Hilton Milwaukee River, there's a Kopp's. I had to see a dealer in nearby Glendale, and after I got out of there it was around 11:15. Not quite ready for lunch, but since I didn't have breakfast, I suppose I was ready to eat.
The Kopp's on Port Washington Road (see map) is similar to the other Kopp's I was at in suburban Greenfield. It has a very modernistic design to the place. There's a few stand-up tables to eat at, but most everyone gets their food to go.
This time, I just wanted to try a good ol' burger without cheese. I ordered the double hamburger for $4.75 and a small drink. Like everything at Kopp's, the order is made from scratch and never pre-made and sitting in a bin. That's a plus, but it also translates into a 10 to 15 minute wait. I noticed that a lot of people were coming in just before noon to pick up orders that had been called in. That's the way to do it, I thought.
After a bit, my order came up and I went out to the car to eat my burger. Without the cheese, well, the burger was just OK. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad. It was a very average burger. Solly's, right down the street, would blow this burger out of the water.
OK, so I tried a Kopp's burger without cheese and I came away less than impressed. It would be fine in a pinch, but I think I'd probably end up liking their custard more than their burgers.