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Sno-White one of last remaining 1950s-era hamburger stands

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POSTED March 26, 2014 2:08 a.m.

Burgers, fries and shakes – can you get more American than that? Not at the Sno-White Drive-In in Modesto.

A local landmark since its establishment in 1952, the Sno-White Drive-in is a local hotspot for the all American experience. Known for their Knockout Burger, which features a cheeseburger dripping with bacon, avocado, jalapenos and more, the Sno-White drive-in is a homerun for the local diner searching for authentic American cuisine.

“We’re one of the last remaining original 1950’s era hamburger stands and we’ve got everything from good old fashioned cheeseburgers to malt shakes and more,” said Adel Asumari, manager of the drive-in.

Customer can enter through the lobby and order at the counter or use the drive-in mechanism that lets them order from the comfort of their car, a technique that revolutionized the food industry in the 1950s making the Sno-White Drive-in inherently tied to that iconic time period. Originally featuring carhops on skates that would serve customers, the carhops feature was discontinued in the 1970s after a widening project on Yosemite Avenue altered the drive-ins parking lot. However, this hasn’t stopped the local restaurant from keeping its original roots alive by featuring Graffiti Nights or old-fashion car shows in the summer every Friday night where locals gather to enjoy good food and music. In the winter, the Sno-White Drive-In has an annual toy drive to gather toys for local children.

“It’s our annual extravaganza toy drive and it’s usually a big event as locals bring out their vintage cars as well as a toy to donate. It typically happens on the first Saturday of December,” said Asumari.

Locals hankering for a burger and shake can access the Sno-White Drive-In at 1841 Yosemite Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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