Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Velvet Cream - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Velvet Cream, plus scores as of 8/11/11

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(WMC TV) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Velvet Cream (a.k.a. "The Dip"), 2290 Highway 51 South, Hernando, MS, (662) 429-6540.

When more of its customers know it by its nickname than by what's spelled out on the sign, this place isn't just selling burgers, sundaes and shakes.

It's sharing living, lovely nostalgia.

"When I was younger, I would always come here with my dad and my brother," said Hernando native Nicole Caldwell, who moved to Southaven, but still works in Hernando so she can order her standard chocolate shake-and-mozzarella sticks at Velvet Cream. "It just brings back those memories of when I was a little girl."

Velvet Cream was built in 1947. The Flynn family, originally of Olive Branch, MS, bought it in 1956. They've run it ever since and not much has changed.

Except the burgers -- are BIGGER. Like skyscrapers.

They serve other sandwiches now, too, including chicken clubs, turkey Phillies, wraps, hoagies and catfish.

And for decades, they've served those creamy shakes, sundaes, slushes and snows -- advertised with colorful, campy murals wrapped around the building.

Except now, they have 180 flavors to mix, match and make combos with clever monikers.

Like the Hernando Tiger shake:  orange soda, Oreos and vanilla ice cream. Or the Scooby Doo sundae:  chocolate syrup, Gummy Bears and chocolate ice cream.

"We kind of keep things unique around here," said manager Roni Terry.

Can't get much more unique than seven varieties of deep-fried VEGETABLES. Trust me, you'll never want green beans the original way again after you've had them deep-fried and dipped in ranch dressing!

"The Dip" is not for the calorie-conscious. The staff's motto is "All our products are fat-free. We don't charge for the fat!"

64 years of family-fun memories are no extra charge, too.

"I can remember when I was a child, and I came up here and ordered ice cream," said Terry. "It's neat to see the generations. You get to see kids kind of just grow up."

"I love their shakes," said Bob Reiss of Hernando (particularly Velvet Cream's Lime Shake). "I've lived here for 20 years and I've been hooked."

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Trucker Cheeseburger (choice of fries, spicy fries, waffle fries, chips or onion rings stacked ON the burger), Australian Cheeseburger (Colby Jack cheese, onion rings, and Blooming Onion sauce), Mississippi Catfish Sandwich, Deep-Fried Green Beans, Grilled Chicken Salad, Hernando Tiger Shake, Dipped Cones, Cayenne Chocolate Concrete (cold chocolate & hot cayenne pepper w/ice cream) 


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