Mac's Drive-In has long been a part of the Clemson experience for students and locals alike. Originally, Mac's was called "Dan's Diner" and it was located in an old trolley car on Pendleton Road. It was opened in 1956 by Dan Gentry - owner of Dan's on the corner of College Avenue and Hwy 93 (where TD's Food and Drink is located today). Dan had an employee named Harold “Mac” McKeown (Clemson class of 1956) who worked his way through Clemson flipping burgers. According to Mac, running two restaurants was too much trouble so Dan sold the diner to Mac. Dan actually borrowed the money from a local banker for Mac to purchase the restaurant! The following year, Mac changed the name to "Mac's Drive-In" and in 1965 he built the current brick building.
Today, Mac's Drive-In still serves up traditional fast food fair such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, onion rings, fries, coleslaw, and milkshakes (although it is supposedly a bad idea to ask for a milk shake). The atmosphere at Mac's is like no other. Every square-inch of the walls are covered with Clemson memorabilia, mostly Clemson athletic heroes of the past, many autographed by those who have visited the restaurant.
According to legend, it is not possible to graduate from Clemson unless you've eaten at Mac's Drive-In.
404 Pendleton Road
Clemson, SC 29631