Seligman, Arizona: Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

Route 66's prime purveyors of food gags, carried on by a second generation of the prankster Delgadillo family.

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The girlfriend at the Snow Cap.

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

I convinced my girlfriend to stop by Seligman with me on our way back from the Grand Canyon, after reading about the Snow Cap on this site.

I had a good laugh though when we walked up and my girlfriend saw the "Closed" sign to which her first reaction was "Wait, is this place open?" despite the people we saw eating when we pulled up. Fortunately, I had heard about some of the jokes before going, so I did not fall for the fake doorknob. My girlfriend, however, did.

We got inside, and we realized we only had about 13 bucks cash on us. She asked Juan's son if they take credit card (Juan's son is a spitting image of his father). In true friendly fashion, he said "what do you want, we'll make it work." I, of course, responded, "Ok, then we'll take one of everything...", to which he squirt the mustard at us. I'll admit that even though I had read about it, I was still caught by surprise. Juan's son laughed and we agreed that it was an "oldie but a goodie."

I knew the place was historic, but I was surprised to see a famous Route 66 painting and realize that it was the Snow Cap pictured in the painting. It was also a bit surprising when a bus full of British tourists pulled up, but I'm glad because I'm sure it helps keep the business going. The food was great, and we had a good time. Man, those cheesebrugers with cheese sure are fantastic!

[James C, 09/10/2006]

Seligman business.

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

My wife and I visited the Snow Cap this summer and enjoyed our visit. We arrived before the restaurant was open so we went up the road to the Delgadillo gift store and barber shop. I had a haircut by Angel, Juan's brother, and my wife strolled the store. The store is a bastion of the history of Seligman and the Delgadillo family.

Even though Juan has passed away, his comic legacy has indeed continued with the whole Snow Cap crew. The gags and fake door continue to fool people, even me, and I was warned before I went. Careful about asking for a straw when you are there. The burger and the malt was great.

[Gary R., 08/31/2006]
Delgadillo Snow Cap - Family Continues Practical Joke Legacy

Thanks for the kind words about my dad. Just wanting to see the memories my father left, I came across this web site. My father left me and my brothers (and 82 year old mom) a hard act to follow, but we certainly are having fun trying. We will continue to make cheeseburgers with cheese, give you dirty and used napkins and serve my dad's famous dead chicken, even squirt mustard at memory of him. He did it for 52 years; we will carry his legacy 52 more. We miss him dearly too, but he is still there. We feel him watching our every move, making sure we put a smile on every customer that comes back for more, or first time visitors. Everyone, come by and have a little fun and a small coke (you'll see what I mean...). - Cecilia, Daughter of Juan

[Cecilia Alvarado, 01/29/2005]
Sno Cap Restaurant - Laffs for Juan

We made our usual trip to the SnoCap for the best food and entertainment on the planet! The food was excellent, the entertainment was fabulous, but one thing was missing. Above the order window was a letter from the Governor of the State of Arizona sending her condolences to the family of Juan Degadillo on his passing. I was so saddened by this because Juan was the Sno Cap!

His daughter and son were running the place and they are doing a wonderful job of it , keeping all the old jokes and tricks alive, but Juan will be missed so much by so many. We toured his garden, and took some photos etc on our visit. When we sat down to eat a young man was coming around the corner and tried to open the fake door to the restaurant. he finally figured it out went to the real door and grabbed the fake doornob (this always gets me too ) and tried to gain entry. After a few tries, he finally figured it out and went inside giggling at himself. We were laughing too. I felt a little better because I knew at that moment Juan was around, looking at us and laughing, too.

My deepest sympathies goes out to the family of this man, but I know that as long as this place is around, Juan will never be gone. Now everyone: Go get that Cheeseburger with Cheese and don't be surprised about the little extras you get with it . And be sure to laugh for Juan ! He'd appreciate that !

[Joe and Vikki Rhoan, 09/12/2004]
Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In - Farewell Juan

Juan Delgadillo passed away June 2, 2004, and will be missed dearly. He was my uncle, and even though I didn't see him too often lately, I love and miss him and his fun take on life. The Sno Cap will live on just as Juans' spirit and we all will laugh and tell our stories of our time with him, but a legend has gone on. God Bless you Juan.

[Dale Rincon, 06/03/2004]

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

301 E Chino Ave., Seligman, AZ
On old Route 66 at the east end of town on the south side of the street. Take either exit #121 or #123 from I-40.
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