Michael's Frozen Custard
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Elizabeth ate the grilled cheese sandwich with cheese curds.
JM ate the cheeseburger with fries and a small sundae.
Kristine ate the plain burger with fries.
Kyle ate the cheeseburger with Swiss.
Kyle and Kristine split a small turtle sundae.
Nichole ate the veggie sandwich and a pumpkin malt.
Todd ate the bacon burger with cheese curds.
Betty, Emma and Monty all had some K9 Custard.
JM gave Michael's Frozen Custard a B+; Nichole gave Michael's Frozen Custard an A- (see our grading rubric).
Thank goodness for Michael's. It's a fun place to get the standard root beer stand fare plus a bit of custard. You order outside, which in Wisconsin means you have to be committed to your dairy selections to brave the elements all year long. Fortunately, you can also bring a few four-legged friends too.
Our dog guests really dug the K9 custard and the crabapples on the ground too. Betty in particular would like to emphasize that she appreciates a restaurant that caters to the canine crowd. Overall the human, non-dessert fare at Michael's is only so-so, and the further you get from burgers and curds the sketchier it gets.
Nichole's grilled vegetable and cheese sandwich just wasn't very good - it wasn't heated all the way through. Based on previous trips, we can say the Chicago dog is pretty tasty. Elizabeth opted for one of the only vegetarian items on the menu, the grilled cheese, which was average. It was OK but she'd asked for a soda without ice and it came with ice anyway.
JM's cheeseburger was acceptable but not fantastic. He was please with the meat but the conidments were just about average. Todd's bacon burger was nothing too special. Kristine found her burger tasty, but it's worth noting that "plain" at Michael's seems to include ketchup and pickles. Kyle found his burger well-charred, but light on the Swiss cheese. The fries were decent but a little dark and shrively, while on the other hand Todd and Elizabeth both found the cheese curds above average.
The desserts are obviously where the action is at Michael's. Their custard quality rivals the best in town. The small turtle sundae's heavy on pecans, light on chocolate and caramel. In this match-up, Culver's iteration beats Michael's. JM was really happy with the dish of peanut butter on Oreo custard. Not only was it a really good combination, but the peanut butter was actual heated PB from a jar, not Reesesque topping or something syrupy. In the pumpkin shake, while the cinnamon-y spices implied pumpkin, there was not much pumpkin flavor. Which isn't a complaint, more an observation of flavor metonymy.
The waning days of warm weather may keep your from your custardy treats eaten under an umbrella and a setting sun, but Michael's is a Madison fixture for a reason and we'll all be back in the spring.