Santa Cruz, CA Photo courtesy Len Klumpnauer
In the 1950s, the Cross Roads Drive-In restaurant served as a popular
rendezvous for teenagers in Santa
Cruz, Calif., a seaside community at the northern tip of Monterey Bay
about 75 miles south of San Francisco. Unfortunately, the Cross Roads is endangered. See more information here at Preservation's Alley feature on the Crossroads.
Sno Flake Drive-in
Lake Tahoe, CA Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn
Looking for a quick bite to eat while in Tahoe? Then check out the Sno-Flake
Drive in. The Sno-Flake appears to be an old-school drive-in with walk up only service, complete with burgers, dogs, and frostee delights. The Sno-Flake was established in 1961 and is open every day of the week. For more information, check out the Sno-Flake Drive-in site.
UPDATE 04/05 : They are still there and the burgers
are great! I lived within walking distance from them for many years. They
would be open in the worst of snow storms, and we would ski there for
some great chow in white out conditions. It was like a winter pilgrimage
for us. Many thanks to John from Carson City for update. 04-05
Somewhere off the 101 Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The Campus Drive-in is home to a large rootbeer mug.
This little eatery is located in Greenfield, CA, right on the main street.
The giant mug on the roof was recently repainted, as well as the building.
Before they were repainted, both the mug and the building were looking
pretty shabby. Prior to the repainting, the mug was red, and said "Coca
Cola". It now says "Pepsi". Regardless of the fact that
their only competition is the local Burger King, they make excellent burgers
and also have a rather exotic selection of milk shakes. Many thanks to Mike Wilkerson for information.
Antioch, CA Photo courtesy Devil Doll
Check out this rooftop eat sign at Hazel's Drive-in in Antioch, CA.
5 Spot Drive-in
San Jose, CA Photo courtesy Devil Doll
The 5 Spot Drive-in marquee in San Jose used to and
may still stand off the boulevard. The eatery itself has long since been
21st Street Drive-in
Paso Robles, CA Photo and info courtesy Adriene Biondo
The 21st Street Drive-In was the last of the original
A & W Root Beer Drive-Ins. They only recently changed names but their
menu is the same. Car hops will still serve you a frosty mug of root beer
in your car.
Sno White Drive-in
Riverbank, CA Photo courtesy Devil Doll
This old marquee stands tall at the Sno-White Drive-in in Riverbank. This sign looks like another one located in Central California. 01-07