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Tony Bad

Sonic Protocol Fri, 01/13/06 10:22 PM (permalink)
Okay...here is a bunch of really dumb questions. Never been to Sonic, as they don't have them in my part of the country, but as fast food goes, I have heard good things about them. Thing is, the one times I have been by one and actually drove in, I didn't get the concept. Do you just pull in a space and talk to the sign to order? When they bring out the food are they expecting a tip? I travel a lot in what wind up being express trips, leaving little time for stops that aren't right by the road (usually fast food). I wanted to try Sonic, but just thought I'd ask how it works before I did.

Thanks in advance for addressing this pressing issue.
 
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    Wallyum

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    RE: Sonic Protocol Fri, 01/13/06 11:10 PM (permalink)
    Yes, pull in, press the button, and place your order. We try not to eat in the car when we're at Sonic, but they usually have several tables under the awning with their very own board. Very exclusive. I usually tip the standard 20% because the servers are usually kids. Been there, done that, and never forgot.
     
    #2
      txtwister

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      RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 11:19 AM (permalink)
      Wow, I feel bad now - I've never tipped at Sonic. It just never occurred to me to tip a fast food kiddo.

      For the record, Sonic isn't what it used to be (here in TX anyway) except for drinks like the classic cherry-lime and the occasional jalapeno cheddar bite craving. Whataburger still makes a decent burger, however.
       
      #3
        Adjudicator

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        RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 11:37 AM (permalink)
        Tipping at a Sonic?

        Never. The servers are employees, not waitresses.
         
        #4
          Poverty Pete

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          RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 11:44 AM (permalink)
          I don't go often, but I always tip the server. At best, she's probably making seven bucks an hour. In some states, it's likely to be 2.50 or so.
           
          #5
            Michael Hoffman

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            RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 11:46 AM (permalink)
            I always tip at Sonic. I figure it might help cover the cost of Bandaids for them when they fall down while skating away.
             
            #6
              dreamzpainter

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              RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 3:00 PM (permalink)
              watching them skate is worth a tip (and the smacks from the misses) I agree Sonic has changed since my !st experience in Ark in the late 70's, the frito pie seems smaller and the burgers no where near as good. I wouldn't go out of my way for Whataburger, my few experinces haven't been all that great.
               
              #7
                Tony Bad

                RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 4:37 PM (permalink)
                Thanks a lot everyone. I know it seems silly to have asked what I did, but I just wondered about it and figured some of you experts would know!

                I'll report back how I liked it after my next trip.
                 
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                  mayor al

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                  RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 6:49 PM (permalink)

                  We will use Sonic as a 'Drive-Thru' 99% of the time we stop there. With that in mind we do not tip. The few times we sit and eat at the Sonic in the old "Drive-In" format, we will tip the Car-Hop for his/her service.
                   
                  #9
                    nvb

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                    RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 10:33 PM (permalink)
                    I'll usually leave the remaining change if it totals close to a dollar. If not, I'll add another dollar to the change.

                    I had a lady that was a ex-carhop for them work for me almost two weeks. She lost her job with Sonic when road construction killed the business. She said with tips it was nothing to bring in $17.00 an hour. She left me because she couldn't handle a rush.

                    Hell, I need to work there.
                     
                    #10
                      Wallyum

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                      RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 10:48 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Adjudicator

                      Tipping at a Sonic?

                      Never. The servers are employees, not waitresses.



                      Have you ever actually made Lincoln scream?
                       
                      #11
                        Tony Bad

                        RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/14/06 11:39 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


                        We will use Sonic as a 'Drive-Thru' 99% of the time we stop there. With that in mind we do not tip. The few times we sit and eat at the Sonic in the old "Drive-In" format, we will tip the Car-Hop for his/her service.


                        If you do plan to drive on and eat on the go, do you need to tell them that?
                         
                        #12
                          sk bob

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                          RE: Sonic Protocol Sun, 01/15/06 12:20 PM (permalink)
                          Any Sonics in or around Daytoa Beach Fla?
                           
                          #13
                            long dog

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                            RE: Sonic Protocol Sun, 01/15/06 10:16 PM (permalink)
                            check the locator in their website:

                            http://www.sonicdrivein.com/index.jsp
                             
                            #14
                              octopus

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                              RE: Sonic Protocol Mon, 01/16/06 2:18 PM (permalink)
                              In the Albany, NY area we don't have nay Sonics, However 2 summers ago while in Orlando I made a point of finding one after seeing ads on WTBS for years. I too was confused about the ordering processing, I think I even went up to the window and knocked on it as I recall. It was like being on a different planet for us we were confused and did not know what to order. I was the guy that I complain about in Mcdonalds when they stand there gawking at the menu like they have never seen a Big Mac before. We worked through it and had a decent experience.
                              All could have been sloved by pushing the little red button.
                               
                              #15
                                Tony Bad

                                RE: Sonic Protocol Mon, 01/16/06 2:25 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by octopus

                                In the Albany, NY area we don't have nay Sonics, However 2 summers ago while in Orlando I made a point of finding one after seeing ads on WTBS for years. I too was confused about the ordering processing, I think I even went up to the window and knocked on it as I recall. It was like being on a different planet for us we were confused and did not know what to order. I was the guy that I complain about in Mcdonalds when they stand there gawking at the menu like they have never seen a Big Mac before. We worked through it and had a decent experience.
                                All could have been sloved by pushing the little red button.


                                Man that is funny...thanks for the laugh!! I didn't want to be the guy you describe...which is why I just drove on. When I was a kid I always hated when we would stop at a fast food place...this was back in the days when the menus were a lot simpler than they are now...it was basically hamburger or cheeseburger. My dad would stand there and say "what do they have here" as if he had just beamed down from another planet. Drove me nuts.

                                Glad you understood the nature of my dumb questions!!
                                 
                                #16
                                  Jimeats

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                                  RE: Sonic Protocol Mon, 01/16/06 3:07 PM (permalink)
                                  Octopus-My daughter sent me one of those cards you use at the drive thru for Chrismas I went to there web site checked locator guess they don't like it on this side of Mason Dixon Line. Well I'm saving the card for her birthday. Going to send it back to her it's the gift that just keeps on giving. Chow Jim
                                   
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                                    octopus

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                                    RE: Sonic Protocol Mon, 01/16/06 4:50 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Jimeats

                                    Octopus-My daughter sent me one of those cards you use at the drive thru for Chrismas I went to there web site checked locator guess they don't like it on this side of Mason Dixon Line. Well I'm saving the card for her birthday. Going to send it back to her it's the gift that just keeps on giving. Chow Jim

                                    The closest ones to me are in Ohio.
                                    A re-gift always works for me. I actually have a box full of possible re-gift items, However I usually don't give them back to the same person. It is a science right down to labeling the gift bags so I don't give them back to same person.
                                     
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                                      rmcielwain

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                                      RE: Sonic Protocol Tue, 01/17/06 9:29 PM (permalink)

                                      Rats! Didn't get a chance today to head over to the mall in Dothan and
                                      get my first Cherry Slush of 2006! (this Sonic location is in a food court).
                                       
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                                        dreamzpainter

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                                        RE: Sonic Protocol Wed, 01/18/06 3:41 PM (permalink)
                                        My first experience with Sonic was back in the late 70's while stationed in Ark. It was the gathering place and one point of the "circut" everyone cruised. I didn't think about them much after returning to the Philly area but after living here in florida for a few years Sonic came back on the scene explosivly! One opened just outside the main gate to Mayport Navel base, quickly followed by one near Home Depot, then Jacksonville Beach and others across the river scattered throughout Jax. While its not a regular stop when we eat out it does work for a quick nosh after leaving HomeDepot or grabbing a flavored drink before a walk on the beach.
                                         
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                                          sizz_leteen

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                                          RE: Sonic Protocol Wed, 01/18/06 9:00 PM (permalink)
                                          My first and only time eating at Sonic was about 3 years ago in Florida. I'm not really much of a burger and fries fan, but I liked the atmosphere. Plus, you can't beat Florida in December when you're coming down from Canada. *^^*
                                           
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                                            mayor al

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                                            RE: Sonic Protocol Wed, 01/18/06 9:54 PM (permalink)
                                            Tony Bad--
                                            In addition to the nose-your-car-into-the-slot old-fashioned drive-in parking arrangements, the SONICs around here all have the usual order box and menu at the rear of the stand (like almost all FF places). Loop around the store, place your order using the call box back there then drive-around and wait by the walk-out door on the "far-side". The carhop will run your stuff out to you bagged to travel. And we do leave the change for those stops. For us that the order is usually a pair of the Lemon-Berry or Lime-Cherry Slushes during the summer months. Using their 2 for 1 deal in the afternoon we two of the Giant ones for $1.50 and stay 'Hydrated' for an hour or so on down the road. We seldom get the sandwiches there. There aren't bad...but they aren't worth much either.
                                             
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                                              Rev.Bucky

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                                              RE: Sonic Protocol Sat, 01/21/06 6:09 PM (permalink)
                                              I have only been to the one in Reno, though they are building one near me, and I can't wait. I have only had the food once, it was ok, good by fast food standards but nothing to write Roadfood about (LOL!!), but their beverages, oh man. As soon as it's built here, I will become seriously addicted to the Cherry Limeade, and the Ocean Water! MMM Good stuff, and I'll be buying the fourtyfour oz!!
                                               
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                                                UncleVic

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                                                RE: Sonic Protocol Mon, 01/23/06 2:33 AM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by long dog

                                                check the locator in their website:

                                                http://www.sonicdrivein.com/index.jsp


                                                Bummer... None in Michigan..
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  SassyGritsAL

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                                                  RE: Sonic Protocol Thu, 02/2/06 10:13 AM (permalink)
                                                  We have several Sonic's here in Huntsville, AL. They use to have the best steak sandwhich but took it off the menu. They also had regular size hotdogs, and now they only have foot long hotdogs. I also remember the fried pickel oh's, they were great. It seems like the item I always ordered and always taken off the menu. I do tip at Sonic, usually anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar. About the only thing worth ordering now is the drinks. I love the diet strawberry limeade. Usually the burgers and sandwhiches are lukewarm, although the BLT is not bad, but I have to ask for extra crisp bacon.
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    Lamkid

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                                                    RE: Sonic Protocol Tue, 02/7/06 2:42 AM (permalink)
                                                    Hey, give em a small tip for bringing it out, if you use the drive thru, nope.
                                                     
                                                    #26
                                                      KVON

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                                                      RE: Sonic Protocol Fri, 08/18/06 3:39 PM (permalink)
                                                      Now that Sonic has done away with the platform to put the tray back on, where does your trash go after you have eaten? I have a friend who feels that it is her job to throw it away when she gets back home. I'm still asking for the tray platform back, as I don't WANT to carry my trash back home.

                                                      KVON
                                                       
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                                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                                        RE: Sonic Protocol Fri, 08/18/06 4:29 PM (permalink)
                                                        I was at a Sonic last month and it still had the tray platforms.
                                                         
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                                                          Poverty Pete

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                                                          RE: Sonic Protocol Fri, 08/18/06 6:50 PM (permalink)
                                                          I kinda like the cranberry lime slush. I've had two this month.
                                                           
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                                                            enginecapt

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                                                            RE: Sonic Protocol Fri, 08/18/06 8:27 PM (permalink)
                                                            We hit a Sonic somewhere off of the 99 on our way to Fresno last month. We couldn't find any place to put the trash either. Quite possibly the worst FF burger I've ever been served, and that includes the steamed ones with the painted on grill lines I used to get back at San Clemente High School in the late 60s. Not an auspicious introduction to the world of Sonic food. I'll not be making that mistake again.
                                                             
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