Snow White Grill

Worth a detour

Back in the mid 20th century, the diminutive Snow White Grill on Loudon Street served thousands of mini-hamburgers in bustling downtown Winchester. Nowadays, Loudon Street is closed to cars and has become a pedestrian mall dotted with families, couples walking hand-in-hand, mothers pushing strollers, and kids running about the revitalized downtown.

Rick and Jan Childs took over Snow White Grill, where the mini-burger remains a signature item. The Childs have added breakfast sandwiches, pork BBQ in a tomato-based sauce, and cheesesteak subs.

Fresh ground beef, made into tiny patties on a vintage machine in the basement, is transformed into a mini-burger—plus fried onions, cheese, and pickles—on the restaurant’s small griddle. Two burgers make a fine meal, unless you’re keen on tasting other items. Noteworthy are the chili dog with a squiggle of mustard, pork BBQ mounded with fresh slaw, and homey chicken salad. Red birch beer is our go-to choice from the soda fountain, and creamy milkshakes are served alongside the silver beaker in which they were mixed. We prefer tater tots over French fries whenever possible, and they’ll even smother them with gooey cheese for an extra forty cents. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Snow White Grill is an important stop on Virginia’s Roadfood trail.

What to Eat
Snow White Grill, Mini-burger
Mini-burger, cheese and onions
Snow White Grill, Tater tots
Tater tots
Tater tots are crisp-edged with creamy middles
Snow White Grill, Pork BBQ sandwich
Pork BBQ sandwich
Fresh cole slaw elevates a BBQ sandwich above the norm.
Snow White Grill, Chili dog
Chili dog
Hot dog with meaty chili
Snow White Grill, Chicken salad sandwich
Chicken salad sandwich
Mayonnaise-heavy chicken salad is an alternative to burgers and dogs.
Snow White Grill, Birch beer
Birch beer
Red birch beer
Snow White Grill, Milkshake
Milk shake in its silver beaker, ready to drink
Snow White Grill, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese with both white and orange cheese
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday11 am - 6 pm
Thursday10 am - 7 pm
Friday10 am - 2 am
Saturday10 am - 2 am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min

Skyline Drive

The 105-mile two-lane that threads through Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, has decent food at its National Park Service Oases. (Try the Smithfield Ham Monte Cristo or the roast turkey with cornbread stuffing at Big Meadows Lodge at mile 51.2.) But when big appetite beckons, we head for one of the four entry/exit…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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