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.