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May 10, 2006 11:15 AM

Sonic Drive-In Is it worth seeking out?

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I see ads on TV for Sonic Drive-In, but the closest to my house is 37 miles away.

Is it worth the drive and what do you recommend?

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    1. re: Kirk

      I agree, nothing to seek out. Nothing to avoid, per se, other than greasy charmless food. You can do so much better without hardly trying.

      1. re: kimpossible1138

        At first I thought this was a trick question -- 37 miles. To try new chow that seems close. But as for Sonic -- I agree with you two.

        Years ago Sonic made a mistake of testing the waters in the L.A. area (Covina) and died a fast death. Just to many In-N-Out Burger stands in L.A. They placed a Sonic within a three minute drive (North or West) of two In-N-Out stands -- Duh! I tried the Sonic burger. I have noticed that all the positive reviews above have not mentioned the burger but only a cherry/lime drink, fries, ... I agree, the burger is nothing to post about. Now if you want a Good Hot burger at sonic speed try an old two lane In-N-Out drive-thru. Worth a drive.

    2. Sonic apparently advertises on a national level, even though they are not present in several major local markets. I guess it is easier and possibly cheaper than managing a bunch of local campaigns. You're lucky(?) to have one only 37 miles away. Many who see these adds are hundreds of miles from the nearest Sonic.

      The advertising is effective, but, the food is just typical fast food, IMO. People like the variety of drinks and, tator tots. I thought the breakfast burrito looked good, but, the one I had wasn't any better than McDonalds - just larger and more expensive.

      1. I am a sucker for their cherry limeades. But I don't know if I'd travel 37 miles for one...

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        1. re: wyf4lyf

          Wyf, I used to live in the Midwest near the home of the first Sonic drive in and also became addicted to their cherry limeades. After not having had one in 20 years, I ran across a Sonic while driving between Sante Fe and Taos, New Mexico. (In the tiny town of Espanol.) It was amazing how fast that first sip took me back to my high school days and the original Sonic. It reminded my why we Chowhounds have cell memory for certain flavors and tastes. Now, if I could just find that same girl I was with back then...

        2. I think they are a cut above the national fast-food chains, so I'd go if I were close and a more chowish place were not known or available.

          1. g

            I would make a mental note of Sonic for future reference on a road trip or something, but I wouldn't drive 37 miles out of my way for it. If you happen to be close to one, defintely get a cherry limeade and cheese covered tater tots. The toaster sandwiches made with thick Texas toast are worth ordering as well.