Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In
301 W Chino Ave
American, Ice cream, Hamburgers
This place is always hoppin’ with overflow crowds flowing out of Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In. Built in 1953 by local resident Juan Delgadillo (Angel’s brighter), with an extremely limited budget, mostly made from scrap lumber obtained from the nearby Santa Fe Railroad yard. Juan’s sense of humor and flair for showmanship abounds.
The neon sign shines, “Sorry, we’re open.” The door which leads to the counter has two knobs, one on the right and one on the left. Bad puns and jokes abound with the menu offering up a “cheeseburger with cheese” and “dead chicken,” and out back with the old car collection in “Juan’s Garden.” The walls around the counter area itself are covered with business cards from all over the world.
Since Juan’s death in 2004, the Snow Cap has been run by his sons John-Michael and Robert, who carry on the tradition of madcap. Would you like mustard with that?
Don’t miss this!
- Open daily, serving lunch and dinner.
- No credit cards accepted.
Recommended and rated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation. To find more, check out their handy “The Dining and Lodging Guide”
This was a stop on the 2002 Route 66 Caravan, a 66-day road trip led by preservationist and historian, Jim Conkle. He lead the The Route 66 Caravan from “pier to pier,” Santa Monica to Chicago to raise the awareness of Route 66 and the need to preserve it. He posted more than 50 Hampton “Save a Landmark” signs along the route.
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