Sonic Drive-In

Written by on May 5, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ferndale, Washington


How I heard of this place: Cross-country travels throughout my childhood and into adulthood present a plethora of opportunities to partake of the greasy goodness known as fast food. Despite numerous drive-bys, a stop at Sonic was never warranted nor completely desired. Until our neighbors got to us.

Type of cuisine: The great American diet: burgers, foot-long Coneys (hot dogs), fries and tater tots. With, of course, plenty of über-sweet items with which to wash down your sodium-rich, greasy meal: including sodas, milkshakes and other blended beverages.

Sonic Drive-Up

Ambiance: The dream of every American family in the 1950s is achieved: to pull their cars up to the order menu, press a big red button to get the attention of their carhops, and then see their food zooming through the parking lot on a red tray by a young woman in roller skates. The vastness and brightness of the restaurant is obvious not only from the yellow sign, but also the neon lights that surround the borders of the establishment. Including seating indoors (presumably) and out, on the covered patio, there are options for everyone to be comfortable and enjoy their calorie-dense, nutrient-less meals.

Sonic Carhop Menu

What I ordered: Being my first visit, I felt the need to order a burger despite the good-lookin’ new Premium Asiago Grilled (or Crispy) Caesar Chicken Club. I followed suit when the two men in our party ordered the Super Sonic Bacon Double Cheeseburger ($5.19), one in a meal ($6.99) with medium tater tots and a beverage: the Oreo Sonic Blast ($2.20 for substitute).

Sonic Meal-in-a-Car

I chose the single patty Bacon Cheese Burger ($4.49), and the last in our party chose the Footlong Quarter Pound Coney ($3.69) with onions and mustard. The two in the front seat, also enjoyed their very own Milkshakes in the following flavors: Banana Cream Pie ($2.99) and Chocolate Cheesecake ($2.99 per medium).

What I loved: Tater Tots. mmm. mmm. Good.

Sonic Tots

Why I loved it: It’s fun to drive up to a bright plastic menu, be served through your car window and continue your seated adventure in gluttony throughout your entire meal.

Cost: Average ($3.50 – $7 per meaty entree)

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