There’s nothing particularly special about a cup from the Sweden Kream, at least, nothing special enough to make it stand out on the scavenger hunt list. Mine was medium-sized and made of plain white Styrofoam. It’s not the cup that’s important, though – it’s the milkshake inside.
It’s hard to classify the Sweden Kream. It would be wrong to call it a burger joint, because they also serve hot wings, tamales, breakfast, ice cream, shakes, and snow cones. The menu is taped to the window, and over the years, various items have been added to it on neon poster board. All of the lettering and art (including a giant mouth licking a chicken wing) are hand-painted. The place looks like it’s been open since man first realized that snow cones and burgers are necessary to surviving summer in the South.
Despite having a small dining room, it’s not exactly a restaurant, either. You place your order at a window, then stand around and wait for the window to open and your initials to be called.
It took about 20 minutes for the woman inside to yell my initials and stick a paper bag and cup through the window. I got the cheeseburger combo, which came with a juicy, greasy cheeseburger, some old-school crinkle cut fries and the best chocolate shake I’ve ever had. Its simplicity was amazing – there were no superfluous toppings, just plenty of creamy chocolate goodness.
The Sweden Kream is located in North Memphis, on National. It looks a little sketchy, but it’s not bad. It’s open Monday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. When I was there around lunchtime, it was busy, but not overly crowded. As the summer goes on, though, I could see the lines for snow cones and milkshakes getting long. If you’re not into waiting, you can call in your order.
1472 National Street
Memphis, TN 38122