Nesler's Polar Whip

For the past nine decades, Nesler’s Polar Whip has been a local fast-food favorite in southern Illinois providing burgers, sandwiches, ice cream, and more at affordable prices. The first location opened in 1931 in Herrin, Ill. Originally named Wimpy’s, he decided to change the name to Polar Whip after being one of the first to bring soft serve ice cream to the area. Nesler’s Polar Whip has proven to be a true family-run restaurant. Throughout various location changes, the keys to the restaurant have been handed down from grandfather to son, and now, grandson. Over the decades, it has been known for its burgers.


Fresh Meat

The burgers are fresh, and someone comes into work around 4 a.m. to start cutting and grinding the meat.

Cash is King

Remember, it’s a cash-only establishment. If you don’t have cash, no problem. There’s an ATM conveniently located in the restaurant.

Pricing is Everything

It may be unheard of to get a full meal (burger, fries, and a drink) for under $10 anymore, but the family at Nesler's believe that keeping prices low is just good business, and it has seemed to work out for the best!

Contact Information

100 West Johnson Street Energy, Illinois 62933 | (618) 988-9210

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm | Saturday 10am – 2pm

Tips for Nesler's Polar Whip

Ask About the Aztec – The Aztec is two patties and a hot dog with cheese.

Picklecicles – Popcicles made of frozen pickle juice are just one summer favorite at Polar Whip.

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