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Sonic Drive-In ... I love it

Sonic Drive-in has commercials that air hundreds of miles from any nearby restaurant. A few years back, the place I was living was bombarded with those commercials ... no nearby Sonic.

Well, a Sonic just opened up near me in the Napa Valley ... woo-hoo !!!

With all the negative comments about Sonic on the boards I went expecting the worse ... but had to go ... ya know. Well, I just love it. Right now it is my favorite fast food restaurant. IN-N-OUT ... boring. Burger King ... that king just gets creepier and creepier. McDonalds ... bring back the McRib and the Shamrock shake and we'll talk again.

But Sonic ... Sonic ... it's fun ... there are literally endless choices. There's traffic control people to handle the hoards. You have a choice of a parking space with a roller-skating car hop delivering your meal or drive through (quite the holding pattern).

So I went with the few things people have recommended ... the cherry limeade and the chees tater tots ... I mean tater tots

If Sonic only exists for the drinks, they deserve to exist.

A fresh fizzy limeade topped with two fresh lime quarters and a marchiano cherry. The ice is wonderful ... perfect crunchy little pieces that the drink somehow adheres to and lastes till the final ice bit.

My local Sonic has a happy hour, slushies and drinks are 1/2 price from 2pm-4pm. Do they all do this?

For my happy hour beverage I chose the Ocean Water which Sonic describes as " Cool, blue and tangy with a hint of coconut" A cheery bright turquoise it was refreshing and not too sweet. No particular flavor, but I liked it.

The tater tots were fine. I was disappointed with the cheese. I would have preferred the Velveeta type. This was like a slice of Kraft melted on top. I'd get them without cheese next time.

The burgers seemed pricy. I might give their grilled cheese on Texas toast a try. The Jr banana split is tempting ... 99 cents and 180 calories. The creamsicle slushie is also calling my name.

And it doesn't seem to be purely junk food. You can get slushies that use real fruit or are made out of juice They have some wraps (tho the frito chili cheese might not count as a health item). There are mozzarella sticks.

Back to the junck food ... they have a breaded fritter pork sandwich ... might this be my new McRib ... Ohhh ... cream pie shakes (banana, coconut, chocolat or strawberry).

They give you a complimentary peppermint with all orders ... even my half-price ocean water.

PS. I do realize I might have been sublimally hypnotized by those Sonic commercials.

Here's the extensive menu (in pdf format)
http://www.sonicdrivein.com/pdfs/menu...

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  1. I am with you on the cherry limeade - if I'm out and about and becoming parched, thats what I go for!

    The Sonic where I used to live had specials on Tuesday's, buy one get one 1/2 price or perhaps a burger pkg deal. They also sent a lot of direct mail coupons. Most of the coupons only worked if you went with someone else or had a very big appetite. The offerings do change some seasonally,so you have a years worth of investigative eating ahead!

    1. hmmmm... Obviously all Sonics are not created equal! I do agree that all of the drinks and smoothies and shakes are good at nearly all Sonics, but the food at both of the local Sonics I've tried -- especially the burgers -- makes you wish you'd stayed home and had a can of Alpo! But I do enjoy the commercials. Imaginative.

      1. Hmm, I dunno about this rw. I think Sonic is pretty nasty.

        1. The Sonic near me (Gandy Blvd in Tampa) just closed.

          1. Yay for Sonic ice! The best ice ever!
            I'm in Oklahoma and our Sonic has a happy hour for drinks as well. Delish!