Sno Cap Drive-In

Drive-In | Hamburgers
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Worth a return
Michael Stern | October 11, 2017
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There have been — and still are — many Sno Cap (and Snow Cap) drive-ins around the country, but it’s not a chain or franchise. North Augusta’s one-of-a-kind Sno Cap, open since 1964, no longer has car-hop service; but it does offer a vintage car-culture menu of burgers and fries, shakes and floats, sundaes and banana splits.

The burgers are dressed beautifully, which is a good thing considering that the beef patties themselves are not too juicy. Add lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, onion, and mayo and all is forgiven. Continue reading

There have been — and still are — many Sno Cap (and Snow Cap) drive-ins around the country, but it’s not a chain or franchise. North Augusta’s one-of-a-kind Sno Cap, open since 1964, no longer has car-hop service; but it does offer a vintage car-culture menu of burgers and fries, shakes and floats, sundaes and banana splits.

The burgers are dressed beautifully, which is a good thing considering that the beef patties themselves are not too juicy. Add lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, onion, and mayo and all is forgiven. French fries are an essential companion. They’re fine drive-in potato logs, fried wickedly crisp. Curiously, the best dish in the house is cole slaw, a finely-chopped intriguing cabbage mix that is just barely sweet with a faint spicy zest (horseradish?). It is a sharp, cool refresher that goes well with just about anything.

As the Sno Cap name suggests, soft-serve ice cream is a big deal here, not only in cups and cones, but as the foundation for sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes, malts, and floats.

Burger frowners can order from a menu of sandwiches, wraps, and even salads.

Dishes to try
Sno Cap Drive-In, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
Must-Try
A little bit sweet, and just a mite sharp (horseradish?), cole slaw is crisp, cool, simple, and perfect.
Sno Cap Drive-In, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Crisp drive-in French fries are de rigueur burger companions.
Sno Cap Drive-In, Sno Capper
Sno Capper
The mighty Sno Capper: ten ounces of beef, dressed to the nines. A nice package in which condiments and garnishes steal the show.
Sno Cap Drive-In, Root Beer Float
Root Beer Float
Root beer floats are served in frosty mugs.
Sno Cap Drive-In, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
Moderately thick and modestly chocolaty, it's a decent milk shake, but not one to remember.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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