The lure of Sonic, never understood it.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/15 22:29:56 (permalink)
I love Sonic because it brings back so many good memories for me. I grew up in a small town and Sonic was where everyone hung out. My friends and I would play b-ball every night during the summer and drive over to Sonic to hang out at the picnic tables dring soda, shakes, etc. and (awkwardly) talk to girls. I'm sure a lot of other people from small towns had similar experiences growing up.

I also like the food. While their burgers will never win any awards they are typically hot and fresh, at least here in Middle Tennessee. I also love the fact thatI can get tator tots there, not enough fast food joints offer tator tots.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/21 12:48:12 (permalink)
Sonic is awesome. I love it. Probably my favorite fast food burger. ANd they will make me a cherry vanilla Dr Pepper.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/21 15:04:19 (permalink)
i think it reminds us all of our past, when food was fun and we were young
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/21 15:45:40 (permalink)
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cherry vanilla Dr Pepper.


Saw that in cans at the grocery store the other day. Of course, the cans are never as good as from the fountain.

Sonic was a welcome stop in Miami/Globe (Arizona) on our way from Mesa to Show Low. A novelty that wasn't available at home in San Diego. Definitely a nostalgia thing.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/21 17:30:38 (permalink)
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cherry vanilla Dr Pepper.


Saw that in cans at the grocery store the other day. Of course, the cans are never as good as from the fountain.





The cans and bottles are good, but certainly not as good as fountain.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/21 18:28:50 (permalink)
I too like Sonic. Not fancy, just straightforward food. I generally get a #2--mustard, LTOP. Nice thing is that you can customize not only the burger but, if you get the "meal," the accompaniments. That means, for me, a cherry limeaid and tots. The folks are always pleasant; the time or two there's been a glitch, it's been cheerfully corrected and I've been offered a free meal.

Interestingly, they just opened a store in Natchitoches, LA, that has a dining room--in which you order by telephone from the table and a "table-hop" () brings you your order. I think this is the first, or nearly the first, of its kind. It's located beside a student-oriented apartment complex and across the street from a state university. Be interesting to see how it does.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/30 16:30:02 (permalink)
I've always thought the carhop design actually allows faster service than a normal drive through - along with some odd feeling of control. LOL I mean, c'mon - who hasn't pulled into a drive-thru to pick up a burger or a coke and ended up behind the woman in the Suburban who's clearly ordering for an army? (Uh, sorry, that's ME, btw - having three kids means two things - one, I'm a PITA at the drive-thru, but two, there's no WAY I'm getting sucked into any kind of "playland" inside the joint.) The guy who just wants a coke doesn't have to wait while my daughter decides if she wants tots or onion rings or a corndog, grilled cheese or burger (btw - also gotta love the corndogs at Sonic). In, out, done, and always fast and hot - unlike the other drive-thru where your food was packaged and waiting for Suburban-Mom to pull away?

If we're picking up burgers on the way home, though, we usually stop at Sonic first for drinks and tots, then at a Whataburger (which are GREAT again after years of being just the same-old fast food) for burgers. I think Sonic has changed their hamburger patty supplier or method of cooking in the last few years, because they're just kind of weird and "soft" now - almost like a bigger, round Krystal's or White Castle, which is fine for Krystal or White Castle, but weird at Sonic. But, who can argue with a cherry-lime or a lemon-berry slush on a hot day? (Or occasionally, a Frito-pie or chili-cheese fries?)
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/30 16:49:10 (permalink)
I have started ordering the grilled cheese with bacon added, very enjoyable. Also sonic has the best ice of anyone, those little round pellets are worth the trip just for a cup of ice.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/30 17:08:20 (permalink)
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I have started ordering the grilled cheese with bacon added, very enjoyable. Also sonic has the best ice of anyone, those little round pellets are worth the trip just for a cup of ice.


I agree with BBQjoe on the ice. I miss crushed ice in restaurants.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/30 17:13:29 (permalink)
You can buy bags of ice, too. (I was going to mention the ice in my post and honestly thought y'all would think I'm nuts. Or, know I'm nuts, or something like that.)
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/30 19:23:11 (permalink)
Do you suppose ANY Sonic would sell bags of ice? Do you know how much? I always travel with a cooler, so that could save another trip. What a wonderful tip! Thanks!
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 10:39:40 (permalink)
I'm not sure - but at our local Sonic, I've spotted an area under the drinks menu that says "Bags of Ice..." with a price, but my mind is blank right now.

Worth a try to ask, anyway!
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 10:50:21 (permalink)
I hate to say it as I have always been a fan of Sonic. I have enjoyed their food since the late 70's. My grandkids have always enjoyed it but it seems lately that their quality has diminished. I hope that is just a blur in their growth. Perhaps it is just the one in Knoxville. All chains are dependent on their management and just because one ain't getting it does not mean all are not.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 15:43:36 (permalink)
Did you know that we do not have sonic in Michigan?
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 16:10:52 (permalink)
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Did you know that we do not have sonic in Michigan?

As a matter of fact, yes, i did know that.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 16:17:29 (permalink)
man oh man the creamsicle shake!! We have a Sonic 3 blocks from the beach, (dawg always gets a free burgerpatty or hotdog)an upgraded blast from the past..surf,sun and CREAMSICLES
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 17:10:22 (permalink)
Michigan beginning to sound like a 3rd world country....no Sonics and no Waffle Houses.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 17:19:59 (permalink)
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Michigan beginning to sound like a 3rd world country....no Sonics and no Waffle Houses.


ah yes---but there is always McD's and Red Lobster---and who know--maybe even Appleby's and Olive Garden!---OR Scotts Harbor Grill!!!!!(see un Michigan in the Restaraunts section)
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 19:18:56 (permalink)
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Michigan beginning to sound like a 3rd world country....no Sonics and no Waffle Houses.

Ah yes, but they do have White Castles. That would cover a multitude of sins.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/03/31 19:28:19 (permalink)
Have lived in DFW area for 10 years now and have 5 Sonic's within a five mile radious and have eaten there less than a dozen times. Also only been to Whattaburger twice. But boy do I crave WC's. The great news is Kincaids of Ft. Worth fame (a true Roadfood treasure) is opening a 2nd location less than a mile from me next month.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/04/01 09:43:15 (permalink)
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Michigan beginning to sound like a 3rd world country....no Sonics and no Waffle Houses.


ah yes---but there is always McD's and Red Lobster---and who know--maybe even Appleby's and Olive Garden!---OR Scotts Harbor Grill!!!!!(see un Michigan in the Restaraunts section)



We got a bunch of Micky d's, olive garden and applebees. Sombody please bring waffle house and sonic to michigan.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/04/01 09:44:23 (permalink)
And white castles,red lobsters which I do not care for.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/04/01 10:28:21 (permalink)
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Michigan beginning to sound like a 3rd world country.


We've always thought of them that way around these parts.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2005/04/01 10:43:25 (permalink)
roflmao!!!
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/11 10:20:14 (permalink)
Sonic is like a bad version of Wendy's (which isn't very good itself).
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/13 12:33:06 (permalink)
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Sonic is like a bad version of Wendy's (which isn't very good itself).


How do you figure? Honestly, I don't see any similarities at all, other than the obvious, that they are fast food.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/13 14:34:00 (permalink)
Being from NY, we don't have Sonic here (yet). But, I travel to NC, FL, and TX often, and I usually try to hit Sonic once each trip. In addition to the great drinks, mixed to your liking, I find the burgers to be "acceptable". They're like most fast food joints, on the smallish side, and cooked too much, but they are definitely hot and pretty well dressed, which makes them fairly tasty. And, the coney's are pretty good as well, although for a New Yorker, the bland taste of the dog is not what I'm used to or what I like, but the overall effect is a pretty good occasional treat. But....you've gotta get a frito/chili pie! It's a pretty authentic version of the traditional frito/chili pie, served IN the frito bag with a spork stuck in. Not nearly as good as the ones I make at home, but again, a nice change from the usual fast food offerings.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/13 14:43:06 (permalink)
I just finished lunch... a Sonic chicken strip dinner. Crispy fried chicken strips (4), fries, onion ring (1) Texas toast,and a cup of (ta-da) white gravy for dipping. Yum. Washed it down with a diet Coke, which negates any calories I may have eaten.
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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/14 07:25:52 (permalink)
When Sonic came to town (Lexington, where I worked at the time) everyone raved about it so a co-worker and I went there for lunch and were unimpressed.
I have to admit that lime / cherry slush sounds good, but the burgers were nothing to write home about. We have an old-style drive-in called "Parkette" in Lexington, and it will forever be the Holy Grail of drive-ins in Lexington.

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RE: The lure of Sonic, never understood it. 2006/03/14 23:45:42 (permalink)
I love sonic and their service is always quick especially considering all the customers they have at once. I like the idea of the sit in your car thing, there is lower over head and no big messes to clean up.Plus i'm more comfortable in my car than inside a food place anyways.And in the event there is a long wait atleast you are in your car and not standing is some long line.

And in response to our mentally challenged/diabled member by the SN of "senor boogie woogie" please keep your racist,ignorant,and immature comments to yourself.
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