A&W in Bay Area?
- Tom Hilton
The Corn Dog thread got me wondering about this...
A&W is an old fast food favorite of mine (and my son loves them), but I haven't seen any in the immediate Bay Area. There's one out on Highway 12 east of Lodi, but that's the only one I know about. Are there any others around?
(For obvious reasons, it's not easy to do a Yahoo Yellow Pages search.)
I am pretty sure there is a mall concession in the Tanforan Center. I decline to volunteer for tasting duty, though.
Looks like you got your wish with the San Rafael A&W. But...while it's certainly not in the immediate Bay Area, you must remember the A&W on Ocean St. in Santa Cruz? I don't know if it's still there, but it always seemed to be a very popular stop-off for people en route from the boardwalk to Hwy 17 (a straight shot down Ocean). I definitely have an associational thing here; I can't picture that A&W without also thinking of sunburns and sand in the hair (g).
re: Tom Hilton
Tom, I don't know exactly where it is (and because of the stupid way the online yellows work--they don't see the ampersand--I can't "map it" or even find out if it still exists), but I'd say it was probably a mile or so in the beachward direction from the the foot of Ocean near 17.
I forgot to mention the thing that makes a visit there *the* classic A&W experience: it's a drive-in. Back in the day, at least, there was an individual speaker/microphone apparatus at each parking spot through which you ordered, and they'd bring the food out to you (no rollerskates, though).
re: Caitlin McGrath
About 6 miles from Santa Cruz in Felton there is almost an A&W. The Felton A&W recently changed their name to the Burger Place because the A&W corp would not allow them to expand their menu. They basically have the A&W menu (with things by different names), plus some added items, and they still buy their root beer from A&W.
By the way, if you ever find yourself in Southeast Asia there are LOTS of A&Ws in Singapore and Malaysia.
re: gordon wing
Yep. There is one on 29, but it is not even a shadow of its former self. They decided to "modernize" and got rid of their Clover Ice Cream feature and the
food, which used to be fresh and pretty good is now yuk in my opinion. Better to try Taylor's Refresher. Not as fast but a darn site better. Lots
of kids too, with room to run and play around picnic
tables. Great root beer floats, fresh lemonade, a
good fresh tuna burger with wasabi sauce or more
traditional things like hot dogs, burgers etc.
While they aren't in the Bay Area, if y'all are ever heading up to Reno/Tahoe, here are the addresses for two A & W restaurants in Sacramento...
A & W Family Restaurant 4701 Madison Ave Sacramento, CA (916) 334-1984 (This one is fairly close to the Madison/I-80 offramp)
A & W Family Restaurant 5936 Freeport Blvd Sacramento, CA (916) 421-5923 (Definitely much more "downtown")