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ScreamingChicken

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Sonic coming to Wisconsin Fri, 10/10/08 10:52 AM (permalink)
According to[url='http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/30704694.html']this article[/url] the first Wisconsin Sonic is expected to open in Middleton (Madison "suburb") sometime in January of 2009. I wonder if the opening will be anything like the ones that happened in the Chicago area, with long lines, full parking lots, etc.

I like the drive-in experience but there's an A&W much closer to home.

Edit: Apparently there used to be a Sonic in Green Bay but it closed. I wonder if any other locations were tried unsuccessfully as well.

Brad
 
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    easydoesit

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    RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sat, 10/11/08 5:59 AM (permalink)
    I guess there is one coming to La Crosse, eventually. Hope they're OK, but I'm doubtful. Only tried once, in Texas, and it was pretty grim. Never had an interest in going back.
     
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      Rt66Mike

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      RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sat, 10/11/08 6:08 AM (permalink)
      For the life of me, I don't know why a Sonic would have long lines - perhaps its just the local franchisee in St. Louis, but except for drinks and deserts, Sonic's food is borderline inedible - makes Burger King seem like fine dining. Their hamburgers are always dry, completely slathered in mustard, unless you tell them not to, and I think they must use some kind of odd oil to deep fry, or maybe they just never change it, because anything deep fried there is usually especially awful. But, I do like their Limeades, Slushes, and it is one of the few places where you can get a real malt. I often go to Sonic for the drinks, and then go to the Jack in the Box across the street for food.
       
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        ChiTownDiner

        RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sat, 10/11/08 9:19 AM (permalink)
        Brad - Still have not been to our first of many new locations Sonic..the lines are slowing but at prime time, still not any fun.
         
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          mayor al

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          RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 10/13/08 9:50 AM (permalink)

          The long line thing has me puzzled also. The food just doesn't stand out...It must be the drive-in nostalgia thing! I do buy Sonic Beverages when I am near on (A Cherry Limeade this afternoon is going to taste great), but I seldom bother with the sandwiches as I find them no better than the other mass-produced FF Burgers. I will get one now and then when, but I use the regular drive-thru window to pick it up.
           
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            susanll

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            RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Tue, 10/14/08 2:22 PM (permalink)
            I would think the winter weather in Madison would be difficult to manage for Sonic.
             
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              Michael Hoffman

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              RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Tue, 10/14/08 2:42 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by susanll

              I would think the winter weather in Madison would be difficult to manage for Sonic.

              When they opened the Sonic in Columbus they did so in winter. You should have seen the carhops trying to rollerskate in the snow.
               
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                Sundancer7

                RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Tue, 10/14/08 5:19 PM (permalink)
                I recall about 28 years ago when Sonic was a super place to go and it seemed that they stayed that way for many years but in the last ten years, they have definately gone downhill. Greenshades or what?

                They are no longer on my personal agenda.

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN
                 
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                  Niagara

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                  RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Tue, 10/14/08 7:51 PM (permalink)
                  At least you'll be able to see their amusing commecials when they open, Brad.

                  Their food sucks, though. We have 4 or 5 Sonics here in Topeka, and I avoid them. If I want tater tots covered with melted cheese or a foot long hotdog on a stale bun covered in a chili-like substance, I'll make it myself.
                   
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                    mncorn

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                    RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 1:46 AM (permalink)
                    Yes, it is all great.
                     
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                      stricken_detective

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                      RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 1:57 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Niagara

                      At least you'll be able to see their amusing commecials when they open, Brad.


                      Oh no, honey, we have had their danged commercials here for the last 6 years or so on the cable stations. It's cruel/stupid to show commercials for something you can't get. But I guess it worked cause here we are chomping at the bit to get it opened & drink our cherry limeades. I want to see if they have a decent grilled cheese.
                       
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                        Niagara

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                        RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 9:57 AM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by stricken_detective

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Niagara

                        At least you'll be able to see their amusing commecials when they open, Brad.


                        Oh no, honey, we have had their danged commercials here for the last 6 years or so on the cable stations. It's cruel/stupid to show commercials for something you can't get. But I guess it worked cause here we are chomping at the bit to get it opened & drink our cherry limeades. I want to see if they have a decent grilled cheese.


                        I feel your pain - we get to watch Whataburger commercials during Big 12 games, even though there aren't any Whataburgers in Kansas and we loved to eat there when we lived in Texas.

                        Tell ya what - I'll trade you 2 of our Sonics for Maders and the friday fish fry at Serb Hall.
                         
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                          ScreamingChicken

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                          RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 10:12 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by stricken_detective

                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Niagara

                          At least you'll be able to see their amusing commecials when they open, Brad.


                          Oh no, honey, we have had their danged commercials here for the last 6 years or so on the cable stations. It's cruel/stupid to show commercials for something you can't get. But I guess it worked cause here we are chomping at the bit to get it opened & drink our cherry limeades. I want to see if they have a decent grilled cheese.

                          The commercials show up on free TV, too, during network broadcasts. Although I'm not foaming at the mouth for Sonic food, probably because a lot of the testimonials here present a somewhat different view.

                          I suppose if I'm ever in the area I might give it a try, but I can't imagine making a special trip. We go past the Sonic in Houston MO every year and I've never stopped...

                          Brad

                          Brad
                           
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                            mayor al

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                            RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 5:57 PM (permalink)
                            I had some minor skin cancers frozen and cut off today. That kept me 'dry' and unfed until I left the Doctor's office about 3:30 this afternoon. A bit groggy from several 'locals', I wasn't hungry, but I needed to hydrate big-time. I pulled thru the Sonic Drive-Thru..ordered oneCherry-Limeade with extra lime, and One Cherry-Lime Slush with extra cherry. (Both Hiway 44 Size) (that's the xtra-large size). By the time I got home I had a bad 'Brain-Freeze' headache, but both the beverages were gone, and I was not thirsty anymore !!

                            Sonic does a great job taking acre of my thirst. BTW the cost ("Happy Hour") was $2.03 total !
                             
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                              Davydd

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                              RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 10/15/08 6:37 PM (permalink)
                              Sonics have come to Minneapolis/St. Paul but I haven't tried them. On our trip to the Southwest we passed several Sonics but noticed out there the overhead canopies appeared very low so we could not try them with our 9'-6" high camper. Here in the Midwest the new ones seem considerably higher.
                               
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                                ces1948

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                                RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Thu, 10/16/08 12:04 AM (permalink)
                                I do love their variety of drinks and ice cream treats but I've never had a single food item that I would go out of my way for.
                                 
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                                  harriet1954

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                                  RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Fri, 10/17/08 7:43 PM (permalink)
                                  My 30-second Sonic review is on this thread: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29652
                                   
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                                    ann peeples

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                                    RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sat, 10/18/08 9:31 AM (permalink)
                                    There is a Sonic on 27th st. on the south side of Milwaukee...
                                     
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                                      stricken_detective

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                                      RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 10/20/08 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                      ^^^I will have to let my dad know. Thank you!!!
                                       
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                                        ThrashATL

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                                        RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 10/20/08 9:16 PM (permalink)
                                        For a hamburger joint, I like Sonic much more for their breakfast items than their lunch/dinner items. I really can't understand what the attraction is to Sonic's other than the drive-in nostalgia cuz it can't be the food! The chili dogs there pale in comparison to even a Dairy Queen that any town has. Forget the burgers Wisconsinites, you'll never like them compared to Culvers.
                                         
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                                          Arcayne

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                                          RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sun, 12/14/08 2:55 AM (permalink)
                                          I think they make a really good grilled chicken sandwich, and I like the soft roll they serve it on. But I really love the slushes, I never start a long road trip without a slush and a big cup of Sonic Ice. I was so happy when I learned they sold ice by the bag:)
                                           
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                                            Grillnut

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                                            RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 12/15/08 2:13 PM (permalink)
                                            A Sonic recently opened in Hanover, Pennsylvania -- before that the closest one was over an hour away and, frankly, not worth the trip. The first time we passed by the new location, the drive-in spaces were all full. The last time (last week), there were only two or three free spaces.

                                            We like to share the brown bag special -- two burgers, two fries or tots, and two drinks for under seven bucks.
                                             
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                                              stricken_detective

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                                              RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 12/15/08 3:44 PM (permalink)
                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by ThrashATL

                                              Forget the burgers Wisconsinites, you'll never like them compared to Culvers.


                                              What if Culver's burgers give you a tummyache? Would you like Sonic's burgers then?
                                               
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                                                ThrashATL

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                                                RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 12/15/08 3:56 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by stricken_detective

                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by ThrashATL

                                                Forget the burgers Wisconsinites, you'll never like them compared to Culvers.


                                                What if Culver's burgers give you a tummyache? Would you like Sonic's burgers then?


                                                No way, not with ButterBurgers, no tummyache.

                                                 
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                                                  mayor al

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                                                  RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Mon, 12/15/08 4:45 PM (permalink)

                                                  Yep, A Jumbo Bacon-Butterburger Delux would just about cure anything !!
                                                   
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                                                    easydoesit

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                                                    RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 12/17/08 11:12 AM (permalink)
                                                    OK, true story. The other day a guy had Jerry Springer on TV. A rather chubby girl was explaining that she was cheating on her live-in boyfriend. He would go camping on the weekend, and his best friend would come over. The friend worked at Sonic, and would bring along some tater tots. Jerry, trying to be funny, said "You're sleeping with him for Tator Tots? You're easy!". The girl said "They're the chili cheese kind, Jerry. They're really good."
                                                     
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                                                      ScreamingChicken

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                                                      RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Wed, 12/17/08 11:46 AM (permalink)
                                                      Maybe the next Sonic TV commercial will feature an empty front seat but the picture will be really shaky.

                                                      Brad
                                                       
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                                                        stricken_detective

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                                                        RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Thu, 12/18/08 11:45 PM (permalink)
                                                        ThrashATL


                                                        [id=quote font="arial, helvetica"]quote: Originally posted by stricken_detective

                                                        [id=quote font="arial, helvetica"]quote: Originally posted by ThrashATL

                                                        Forget the burgers Wisconsinites, you'll never like them compared to Culvers.



                                                        What if Culver's burgers give you a tummyache? Would you like Sonic's burgers then?


                                                        No way, not with ButterBurgers, no tummyache.

                                                         
                                                        No, my stomach really can't take them. I like the fish & the chicken fingers.

                                                         
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                                                          ThrashATL

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                                                          RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Thu, 12/18/08 11:56 PM (permalink)
                                                          stricken_detective


                                                          No, my stomach really can't take them. I like the fish & the chicken fingers.


                                                          Are you sure it's the ButterBurger and not the 3 or 4 Concrete Malts?  MMMMMMM... Concretes with Malt!
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            trzhotel

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                                                            RE: Sonic coming to Wisconsin Sat, 12/20/08 11:57 AM (permalink)
                                                            I make a yearly ritual of going to Sonic on the coldest day of the winter. I like watching the kids walk through the snow with my coney and chili-cheese tots.

                                                            The commercials now feature dopey conversations between people sitting in their cars eating Sonic food.

                                                            I hear they are more popular in the South, there may be lines of cars twisting into the street outside.
                                                             
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