A&W - Yuck. Was it always that bad?
I went to the one in RI for the first time in over 10 years.. I don't remember it being bad. But it was.
The hot dogs were OK but the buns were kind of blah.
French Fries - Yuck! I was expecting some nice, greasy, hot fries and instead I got hard, crispy shoe string fries that most likely came from something frozen from Walmart.
Chicken Strips/Tenders - It was like $7 for the Combo with the fries. Nothing special about the tenders. Honestly, Burger King's are better and cheaper and it's about 30 seconds away from A&W.
Chocolate Shake/Malts. Are you kidding me? What was that? I'll stick with Cold Stone.
I haven't been to Spike's yet. I think I'll try there next.
Once the were good. Now as someone said it is hit and miss depending on location. The one nearest me is gross with the worst root beer I ever had
This was a drive-thru type. I think you have to see if it is one that still serves root beer in glass mugs.
That being said, has anyone tried the cheese curds at A & W? I am always curious when there is a coupon in the paper, but that root beer was so awful I can't bring myself to go back.
When I was a kid and they all had car hops and root beer in glass mugs, they were great ... and this was the day before such a thing as diet soda. Even better was a root beer float with real ice cream, not the soft serve junk they use now.
We have an A&W near us. When I saw the sign for cheese curds in the window, I had to stop and check them out.
They are coated in a very light batter. Not bad -- how bad could cheese curds be, really?
I used them to make some almost-poutine with an order of fries and gravy. It was ok, just not salty enough (the A&W gravy was tasteless). But for poutine in a pinch, it worked.
I remember going to the A&W in Attleboro, Mass., near Capron Park, back in the 70s. I think I used to get a Mama Burger, fries, and a root beer.
re: Bob W
I have previously gone on record on CH that A&W's cheese curds are one of the best fast food items out there. And I'll stick by that. You can safely skip the little plastic pack of "marinara" sauce that comes with them however. I'm also quite partial to their chili cheese fries; not great, but better-than-expected in a fast food setting.
It may well be true, tho, that it varies considerably depending on the store.
Was this a real A&W drive in or one of the mall-type stores?
The only way to do A&W is at a drive in, with a carhop and a tray on the window. Order a chili dog and the largest root beer that comes in a frosty mug, with some onion rings or fries.
Even better--the A&W in my little town does a cruise night on Saturdays so you can really get the true retro experience!
A&Ws were like independent drive-ins when I was a kid, with food cooked to order and great root beer. Sometime in the 70's or 80's, they suddenly became corporate heatlamp fast food. Haven't been to one in ages.
Hansen's root beer reminds me of what A&W used to serve, although A&W had less carbonation.
Gotta go for the root beer. It's really much better than anything you can buy.
In terms of food, the only thing super worthwhile are the onion rings, which I think are some of the best. Sometimes you get lucky with hot dogs (I have been to a few, and have had a couple of good ones).