An old-fashioned night out on the town is pretty much guaranteed to be satisfying if it includes one of the following nostalgic drive-in diners in the Palmetto State. Comfort food (and then some!) abounds at these establishments, so if you love comfort food (who doesn’t?!), check them out and then make plans to visit soon!
1. The Dixie Drive In - Greenwood
It's difficult to beat heaping helpings of diner food served with a genuine smile. This little diner seems to have it all. It's open Monday - Saturday from 6:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Address: 600 Montague Ave., Greenwood, SC 29649.
2. Sno Cap Drive In - North Augusta
Famous for their hot dogs and no-fuss lively atmosphere, this North Augusta eatery is an ideal way to step back in time for a fun, family evening out at dinner. It's open Monday - Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday. Address: 618 West Ave., North Augusta, SC 29841.
3. The Beacon Drive In - Spartanburg
Generations of families in and around Spartanburg have been enjoying the famous Beacon Burger and fries/onion rings since they first opened their doors on Thanksgiving day in 1946. Are you among them? It's open Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday/Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Address: 255 John B White Sr Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29306.
4 The Clock Drive In - Greenville
The Clock has been a local favorite in the Greenville area since 1954. Burgers, hot dogs and crinkle fries are a specialty of this roadside diner. It's open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Address: 1844 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609.
5. Cyclone Drive In - Chester
If it's great food and matching customer service you seek, then the Cyclone Drive In is a good bet in the Chester area. It's open daily at 11:00 a.m. Address: 249 Columbia St., Chester, SC 29706.
6. Time Drive In - Seneca
It's safe to say the portions at Time are humongous - and flavorful! They've been serving up huge plates of food since 1959. Have you eaten here yet? It's open Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday/Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Address: 611 E North 1st St., Seneca, SC 29678.
7. Sunrise Drive-In - Florence
Flavorful, homestyle food and a no-frills atmosphere keep 'em coming back for more at this local diner in Florence. It's open Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Address: 3624 E Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29506.
8. Cannon's Drive In - Greer
Now offering curbside service in the parking area to the rear, this Greer eatery is back to serving up flavorful fare, like their signature hot dogs and juicy burgers. It's open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. Address: 409 Trade St., Greer, SC 29651.
9. South 200 Drive In - Lancaster
You'll be hard-pressed to find anything other than rave reviews about this come-as-you-are roadside diner. The food is always hot and fresh and the prices are more than reasonable! It's open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 1547 Great Falls Rd., Lancaster, SC 29720
10. The Drive In - Florence
The Drive In always offers hot and fresh meals, with a menu that includes sandwiches, salads, chicken, seafood and dessert. It's open Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Address: 135 E Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29505.
11. Ruth's Drive In - Hartsville
Whether you're sinking your teeth into one of Ruth's hand-pressed burgers, a hot dog, or her famous chili cheese fries, one thing is for certain: you'll be back again. Ruth's is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 659 W Carolina Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.
What’s your favorite drive-in restaurant in the Palmetto State? We’d love to know!