[ RIP ] Top Of The Hill at The Hill Top – Sanatoga PA

2020: The Hilltop is permanently closed 🙁 https://www.facebook.com/Hilltop-Drive-In-153918834693969/

 

 

2017 Update #2: Be aware – we just learned that the Hill Top is on the market. It’s not sold yet, so if you’ve got some dollars and a dream, it could be yours! http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2910-E-High-St-Pottstown-PA/6489665/

2017 Update #1: Happy to report not much has changed at the Hill Top since we first shared them with you, with the exception of the prices increasing slightly, which makes sense (and they still don’t break the bank-!)
Hilltop Drive-In Restaurant Sanatoga PA 2017 Retro RoadmapThe jukebox has been replaced with one of those more modern digital ones, and despite the existing signage, they’ve switched to Coke products from Pepsi. 
Hilltop Drive-In Restaurant Sanatoga PA 2017 Retro Roadmap

Always happy to realize my photos from years ago look pretty much the same as the place does today!

Original 2009 Post:

We had all intentions of grilling out tonight, but it started to rain, again, for the millionth time this week. What more of an excuse did we need to go out and get some quick burgers! Having reminded myself earlier that the Hill Top is little more than 30 minutes away, we hopped in the Retromobile and off we went.

Hill Top Hamburgers Sign

The Official name of The Hill Top is the Hill Top Drive-In, but nowadays there is indoor seating and you just “drive-in” to the parking spaces out front.

hilltop drive in restaurant sanatoga pa
It still has the twisty cone on top – cool!

Originally opened in 1952 as a Carvel, it became the Hill Top just 6 years later.Hill Top Hamburgers, Sanatoga PADecor is vintage knotty pine paneling, with some updated touches like the 80’s retro pink/aqua “50’s” color scheme, and better yet some boomerang Formica on the tables. Having a jukebox is in keeping with the feel of the place, but definitely from a different era. Next time we’re there I will have to make sure we drop a couple of quarters in and give it a spin!
Hilltop Drive-In Restaurant Sanatoga PA 2017 Retro Roadmap The menu is more varied than most chain fast food places, with sandwiches, soups, breakfast and Mod Betty’s fave – Broasted Chicken! Their economical burgers are on the small side, but perfect for a quick bite. Want to bump it up a bit? Get a double, triple or Cali burger.

Interior Counter and Broasted Chicken

Our food was in no way gourmet, more like fast food, but still good, and I was thinking how I’d take the nieces and nephews to this place over one of the chains any day. One neat addition to the offerings was the selection of Good’s Potato Chips, a local brand in business since the late 1800’s. Are you at all surprised to learn that I am a sucker for a small bag of indie chips? True!

Good's Potato Chips

Harkening back to its origins as a Carvel, the Hill Top also offers soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings and Nelson’s hard ice cream. Dang it, we were too full from our cheeseburger/cheesesteak split to get some ice cream, but the older couple next to us did not seem to have a problem polishing off their sizable chocolate twist cones. We’ll be back sooner rather than later!

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  • dinerhotline
    June 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Sounds like my kind of place! Can’t wait to see the current exterior pics!

    • modbetty
      June 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      Just added some nice nighttime shots!

  • modbetty
    June 18, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Thanks! If it ever stops raining I am looking forward to getting some good shots. Rain rain go away!

  • Linda
    March 19, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Visited again on our recent spring break. Grew up in Sanatoga, and so it was GREAT to eat there again with family and my best buddy. Food is always great, and the decor just brings back memories. Used to be the haunt after basketball games at Pottsgrove! Hope this place stays in business forever!

    • Mod Betty
      March 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Glad you had a good visit Linda – and just think your visit will hopefully keep this place in business! That’s why I created Retro Roadmap, glad to know it’s working 🙂

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